"Tough, but doable." That's how ACE- and AFAA-certified trainer Tara Faye described her teaching style to GoRecess Playground in July 2012, nearly two months after becoming the sole owner of PNT Fitness. There, she and her staff lead high intensity and high energy classes such as Insane Kickbox Camp, Sweat Shop, and A Vicious Cycle, which uses Schwinn stationary bikes. For more communal workouts, they also host a monthly Workout & Wine class that allows exercisers to hang out with their classmates and bench-press barrels of wine after class, a feature that got the class a shout out as one of CBS New York's 6 Best Fitness Classes for a New Year's Resolution. And although PNT Fitness' group classes have received most of the press, the studio also offers personal training that includes nutrition counseling, toning, and agility training as part of a personalized training program.
Though the trainers at TS Fitness have varied backgrounds, each one has multiple certifications and years of experience. Founder Noam Tamir received certification in TRX group fitness, kettlebell, and flexibility and speed training, and has since spent a decade channeling his knowledge into personal-training sessions. Along with Noam, a team of trainers teach small group fitness sessions in addition to personal-training workouts. The fitness professionals help clients improve their physiques using resistance-training methods that integrate exercise balls, stretch bands, and kettlebells during group fitness. Their teachings even extend outside the studio through the nutritional printouts and cravings cards they distribute to clients and their self-recovery methods and at-home workouts.
There are six essential ingredients that compose each of Complete Body's fitness programs: strength, cardio, flexibility, meditation, nutrition, and rest. Founder Alex Reznik is the mind behind this philosophy. In 1995, he founded the company believing that, if given the opportunity, most people would seek to better their health. Soon thereafter, he was proven right by both rising membership numbers and favorable media attention, including articles in Time Out New York and the New York Times.
Complete Body has now expanded to three locations. At each club, experts adhere to Mr. Reznik's principles, blending Eastern and Western techniques during classes such as yoga, boot camps, and kickboxing. Complete Body also hosts cross-training classes, which are designed to burn fat, build strength, and improve flexibility by focusing on six elements: strength, cardio, flexibility, meditation, nutrition, and rest. Among the state-of-the-art equipment and fitness technologies that help members reach their fitness goals, independent trainers utilize the facility with their clients. At onsite spas, massage therapists work tense muscles and aestheticians refresh skin with facials. Physical therapists can help to rehabilitate clients following injuries, calling upon various training methods in their arsenal.
Fitness Cell Collective's disciples don't work out in a gym. Dubbed "The Compound," the Collective's roomy studio encompasses familiar fitness devices, such as kettlebells, as well as some unconventional equipment. Olympic-style rings dangle from the ceiling alongside suspension systems and ski machines, and a 40-foot-long set of monkey bars facilitates intense workouts and high-speed banana relays. With these tools, the certified trainers—who range from martial artists and professional weightlifters to dancers and triathletes—lead classes for all fitness levels. The classes—featured in New York magazine—range in scope to include kettlebell fitness, mixed martial arts, yoga, Pilates, and boot-camp training. The Compound houses more than just modern fitness equipment; postworkout, exercisers can purchase and refuel with fresh, locally made, organic snacks and signature protein drinks.
Seasoned trainer Shanna Farrar honed her athletic skills as a soccer player before founding 360Fit, a comprehensive fitness facility boasting a full schedule of classes. Boxing and yoga sessions help build strength, while Nike Training Club courses and outdoor boot camps enlist an array of full-body exercise techniques. 360Fit's team of knowledgeable personal trainers also provides customized one-on-one workouts for budding athletes and shy pectoral muscles.
The 24 Hour Fitness on 53rd Street in Midtown Manhattan provides an "Ultra Club" workout experience for even the busiest lifestyles. Comprehensive state-of-the-art free weight, cardio and group cycling facilities, along with a heated pool, exercise classes and training sessions leave no excuses for getting into and staying in shape. Much like the larger national chain’s ethos, this local 24 Hour Fitness welcomes all shapes, sizes and ages, with an array of workout regimens to target specific muscle areas, aerobics programs to tone and cardio workouts to boost metabolism, each with varying levels of intensity. Gym rats can relax and detox in one of the saunas and steam rooms, or keep the energy up and stop by the on-site NRGize café, serving fruit smoothies, meal replacements and power shots full of revitalizing vitamins and minerals.