Founded in the late '60s, Lucille Roberts' studios were some of the very first gyms that focused exclusively on women's health. Now with locations spread across New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Lucille Roberts have kept up with the times with such classes as Zumba, Flirty Girl fitness, hip-hop aerobics, and Piloxing, a combination of Pilates and boxing. The gyms also sell weight-loss products such as green coffee bean capsules, raspberry ketones supplements, and anti-gravity rays.
Certified boxing coach Alden Washington was born into a family of boxers. His father, in between teaching boxing classes in the US Army and Navy, began coaching him in the pugilistic arts at the age of 10. Alden took to the sport, winning boxing titles in Silver and Golden Gloves competitions, all while earning his black belt in bando, Chinese kenpo, and tae kwon do. In 1980, the consummate athlete began coaching students, conducting classes in kickboxing as well as sprinting and sports conditioning.
At Washington Boxing Academy, Alden combines his extensive title-taking and teaching experience to conduct kickboxing classes for all ages. Amid the professional heavy bags and cushioned floors of his studio, the certified coach infuses kickboxing routines with rounds of creative exercises, including jumping rope, shadowboxing while holding weights, and slamming massive tires with hammers. In personal sessions, he spurs on advanced boxers as they spar in the studio's full-size boxing ring. He also provides students with fundamental self-defense tips, such as how to a catch an oncoming fist mid-punch or halt a flung pie midair.
The trainers at Competitive Edge Sports help aspiring athletes perfect every aspect of their game, from individual techniques to teamwork. In a 60,000 square foot facility made up of five courts, players sharpen their skills in full-sized basketball, volleyball, and futsal arenas, as well as a 6,000 square-foot training arena for practicing speed and agility. These spaces are used by students to train one-on-one or in small groups, compete in leagues and tournaments, and have races on Gatorade slip 'n slides.
Husband-and-wife duo James and Joyce Moore combine strength, cardio, and core training into a boot-camp program designed to eat away at unwanted bodily excess. A free body diagnostic jump-starts the boot-camp experience, as does the four-week meal plan, grocery list, and recipes that participants receive to give them the energy for their exercise routine and the strength to stand up to animate platters of cheese. A cardio-blast routine included in the package takes place at the end of the class and lasts 15 minutes, giving attendees an extra heart high-five before they leave. Classes are currently offered Monday through Thursday evenings (5 p.m., 6 p.m. classes), Monday through Friday mornings (5:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m. classes) and Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 12 p.m.
Platoon's two-hour self-defense training course was developed by Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Noah Spear as a means of training teenaged girls and women in easy and effective techniques to escape a physical attack. She leads the small classes, giving personalized instruction that allows participants to perfect street-smart self-defense moves in an intimate setting. Practice on a real-live man before heading out into the wild armed with the knowledge and the ability to dodge danger. Call ahead for availability.
On his website, certified trainer Bill Abbott admits he may be “the laziest health and fitness expert in the world.” A lack of enthusiasm for drawn-out workouts and strict diets led him to develop the Unstoppable Fitness Formula—an efficient exercise routine that incorporates cardio, resistance, core, and flexibility to burn up to 850 calories per hour. During indoor classes at Fit Body Boot Camp, he and his team lead campers in whittling physiques with suspension trainers and battling ropes, using positive reinforcement and encouragement rather than the intimidation and ridicule employed by sentient refrigerators. In addition to correcting form and technique, the staff helps guests keep metabolisms roasting by doling out expert nutrition advice.