The trainers at Fite Fitness want to see every client achieve their ultimate level of personal fitness. They work with clients during their entire fitness journey, helping them tackle workouts, making adjustments to exercises, and answering questions about nutrition. In a 4,000 square foot indoor training arena, they lead personal and group training classes that blend different fitness techniques such as turf exercises, kettlebell training, and suspension training.
At Mantra Personal Fitness, clients sweat through energetic Zumba sessions set to upbeat tunes. Instructors also lead groups through a series of flowing poses in serene yoga classes and teach clients to shake their hips with gusto in belly-dancing lessons.
The Fit Factory aims to combine the act of getting in shape with a bit a personal entertainment, teaching dance steps during Zumba, self-defense in kickboxing, and self-expression through pole dancing. Instructors hold classes up to seven days a week, spicing up their selection with both yoga and Pilates. Outside of regularly scheduled sessions, they hold private pole parties for groups of ladies seeking a healthy night out.
World Gym maintains its 25-year legacy of body-sculpting know-how at its West Babylon location, jump-starting workout routines with cardio equipment, free weights, and an expert staff of personal trainers. After running, jumping, lifting, or stretching, exercisers can linger at the smoothie bar to slurp up chilled energy before retiring to the locker rooms and hitting the showers. Beyond the fitness equipment, members can make use of the gym's other amenities, including tanning services and chiropractors who wrestle tension out of knotted muscles.
Always-At-Aum Yoga School helps both aspiring instructors and recreational sun saluters hone their mind-body practice, offering 200-hour certification programs and a robust schedule of drop-in classes. Owner and yogi educator Robin Appel utilizes certifications in Pilates, restorative yoga, youth fitness, and reiki as she and her experienced staff promote healthy living with a diverse collection of class styles, including kids yoga, hot Vinyasa, and yoga for athletes. For more personalized attention, students can arrange for an in-class private session, during which a second instructor provides hands-on guidance as the rest of the class follows the regular regimen. Teachers-in-training can pursue their own certifications with in-depth instruction, delving into such topics as injury management, human anatomy, and using one’s third eye to watch for falling pianos.
CrossFit Pace Performance’s master trainer, Leonard Pace, is ideally suited to spur his clients toward noticeable results. He applies his BA in exercise science to formulate and calibrate ever-changing daily workouts and draws on his experience as a motivational therapist to inspire his exercisers to meet their goals. He starts beginners off on the right foot with foundations classes that familiarize them with the functional movements and exercises of CrossFit, such as air squats and medicine-ball dead lifts. For those already familiar, he amps up the intensity of full-body workouts that prepare them for everything from ordinary daily activities, such as picking up the kids and heaving sacks of groceries, to more extreme activities, such as scaling mountains or running marathons while dodging rogue grocery carts.
The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.