Tired of gimmicky diets and ineffective workouts, owner and master coach Ray Carile turned to CrossFit. He has whipped himself into shape and kept excess pounds at bay with CrossFit’s no-nonsense approach—perform a varied workout three times a week and burn more calories than you consume. To help others stick to that simple and effective philosophy, he opened CrossFit Rally by Sweat. He and his team of trainers lead clients of all fitness levels in exercises that incorporate functional movements, such as pushing and pulling, and draw upon a wide array of equipment, including battle ropes, kettlebells, and rowing machines. Their focus on functional movements prepares participants for everything from everyday activities—such as climbing stairs and chasing cars—to sports and work tasks. In each session, they vary the daily workout to help motivate patrons to stick to the schedule. Because the method is adaptable, they offer classes for kids as young as 3 to instill healthy lifestyle habits in wee ones right out of the gate.
At CrossFit Athletic Performance, the instructors are attempting to establish a new workout tradition. They eschew the silent weight lifting of big brand gyms in favor of unconventional exercises focusing on explosive power, and ensure raucous cheers of encouragement from instructors and other students accompany every workout. This camaraderie isn't by chance. CrossFit's staff fosters the positive atmosphere by celebrating even the smallest of victories in the gym with high fives and a cake made of celery. As dedicated as owners are to a positive atmosphere, they opened CrossFit Athletic Performance to get people healthy and strong, and judging by their students' dedication, they've been successful. The gym's workouts change every day in an effort to combat monotony and shock muscles; the only constant is the intensity of the sessions. In contrast, students can take a movement-focused approach to toning their bodies with mat Pilates and yoga classes hosted by the same instructors.
As a police captain in Yonkers, Patrick McMahon oversaw the fitness training of younger officers, designing workouts around a simple credo: “plan your work and work your plan.” After retiring, he bonded with trainer John Moljo over their shared love of kettlebells, and they decided to pool their talents and knowledge to create Kettlebell Inferno LLC. Integrating elements from Spartacus exercises and Tabata training, John and Patrick carefully shaped their workouts to be simple, vigorous, and safe. No two muscles are worked back to back, and sessions incorporate the whole body, all planes of motion, and every trigonometry concept tested on the SAT. Accompanied by a driving soundtrack, instructors push students to new heights and keep things fresh by adding surprising, varied exercises.
Evolution Fitness Club readily accepts its identity as a boutique fitness center, meaning it doesn't have everything for everyone, nor does it try to. Instead, the intimate, close-knit club strives to offer clients a refreshing alternative to joining impersonal chain gyms or surreptitiously working out in Jack LaLanne’s living room. On its main level, Evolution greets visitors with cardio equipment, strength machines, and a spacious, well-lit studio where instructors lead groups through classes of yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and more. The facility also boasts a discreet underground area with floor-to-ceiling mirrors where the owners keep more strength machines and free weights.