Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
Crunch finds the fun in fitness with its no-judgment, open-minded approach to exercise. With a one-month membership, clients get unlimited access to the gym and its state-of-the-art facilities. Tap into the timeless power of ancient lever, pulley, and treadmill technologies to tone muscles and trim mass, or exert dominance over weak-willed weights with prop-assisted lifts and lunges. The one-month membership also grants users admittance to Crunch's collection of wildly imaginative classes, split up into three categories—Action Sports, Chill Outs, and Dance Rhythms. Strap on a pair of Kangoo Jumps for the BOING with Kangoo class, wrap yourself in the folds of fitness-friendly fabric for AntiGravity Yoga Wings, or peel off skirts of stress in Crunch's pole-dancing class, among many more. Crunch even scores clients' sweat-inducing sessions with live DJs.
Pablo Toribio began racing BMX bikes at age 12, and went on to win national championships in the Dominican Republic before joining the American Motocross Association. He has racked up awards in both countries, placed in the top three of the Campmor H2H 2009 mountain bike race series, and even won the championship title for his division during his first year of mountain bike racing. As much as he thrives on competing, Toribio is equally passionate about training others. “A great fitness trainer not only helps an individual reach a specific goal, but also helps the person integrate fitness as a way of life,” Pablo shares on his website.
At Pablo Fitness, Toribio and his staff adopt this approach through their lineup of fitness classes. During their energizing sessions, the staff encourages students to jumpstart their health, whether they’re gaining an appreciation for cycling through spinning classes, finding balance through yoga classes, or getting toned in body sculpting classes, a more effective means to buffing up than drawing muscles on your arms.
Take a dip in one of the largest privately owned pools in Manhattan: a 50-foot-long pool that reaches a depth of 7 feet at one end and features six lap-swimming lanes and lanes open for free swim at all times. Besides swimming lessons, aqua aerobics classes, or Sunday swims for families and kids, West End Fitness offers plenty of fitness opportunities on dry land. The center fills its 16,000-square-foot facility with group fitness classes, including yoga, cardio kickboxing, cycling, and Zumba. After an invigorating swim or workout with a personal trainer, guests can wind down at the club's whirlpool, sauna, or steam room.
The spin studio might look the same every time, but nothing about your ride will feel the same from one Road Warrior Ride to the next. The indoor cycling class tackles different simulated terrains and conditions every class: challenging hills, forceful headwinds, rocky paths. Cyclists embark on the ride a few times a week at Vigorous Fitness Clubs, which also holds other cycling and fitness classes. For a slower pace, exercisers can try Hatha yoga—or keep moving quickly with Zumba or Vigorous Vinyasa sessions.
The hiss and clank of weight machines from manufacturers such as Cybex and Precor blend with the whir of recumbent cycles and treadmills to form the perpetual soundtrack at each of Dolphin Fitness's locations, open 24 hours most days of the week. The clubs' trainers also welcome exercisers looking to expand their wellness regimen, helping clients with lessons on how to safely warm up, craft a sensible nutrition plan, or block incoming phone calls from the local donut shop.