Tightan Gym empowers clients to reach fitness goals with two stories of cardio and resistance equipment, group fitness classes, and a 2,500-square-foot studio dedicated to MMA training, all of which aided the studio in earning the U.S. Commerce Association's Best of Queens 2011 and 2012 awards in fitness. With an emphasis on personal training, the gym guides clients past fitness stagnation and kick-starts new routines with trainers who pride themselves on remembering first names, stage names, and superhero aliases. Cardio equipment such as treadmills and ellipticals occupy an entire floor alongside weight machines and walls lined with dumbbells. Meanwhile, fighters square off in a full boxing ring and half cage to build the skills necessary for competing in MMA matches or dominating boardroom arguments, then unwind battered muscles at the onsite massage center.
At Simply Fit Astoria, exercisers move toward their health and fitness goals while surrounded by friends, supportive strangers, and trainers dedicated to helping them succeed. Here, classes—such as Zumba, Piloxing, and Spin—are as fun as they are challenging, often incorporating everything from Latin dance moves to colored strobe lights, or props such as exercise balls and weighted maracas. And, for gym goers looking to one-on-one attention, personal trainers are also on hand to lead individual or small group sessions that provide students with the extra help and encouragement they need.
Althea White grew up athletic, honing her physique and competitor's edge in team sports including soccer and lacrosse. When the time came to leave behind her high-school extracurriculars and pursue a college education, she found herself torn between pursuing her passion for fitness and her career choice of orthopedic surgery. Her studies led her to a marriage of the two, and she left school with a degree in movement science. To help others make fitness a priority, she became a personal trainer, picking up a number of other fitness certifications along the way. She eventually stepped away from larger health clubs to start her own business.
Now, as the trainer, owner, and motivational force behind Alpha Omega Fitness, Althea combines elements of weight training, Pilates, yoga, and TRX suspension training into full-body sculpting regimens. She starts each relationship with an in-depth examination of her clients' health history, eating habits, and fitness goals, helping her customize her exercise prescriptions. Then, she and her trainees embark on an aggressive quest to attain those goals through one-on-one training sessions that are more safe and effective than chasing semi-trucks down the highway.
After losing their mother to cancer, sisters Crystal and Aphrodite Varellas decided to turn their loss into something positive. Thus began TOPshape Health & Fitness, a boutique fitness center offering group classes, a training area, and nutritional cleansing, guided by the principle that good health and fitness should be a top priority for everyone.
At this intimate gym, clients can dance away calories and stress in a Zumba class, try suspension training in a TRX Body Blast session, or burn fat and build muscle in an Insanity class, designed to tone the body through muscle confusion. Their packed schedule also features bootcamp sessions, hip hop cardio, and intensive Fitbody Kinex classes that fuse interval training and strength training.
Just about the only decoration at CrossFit Long Island City is its name, tagged in big graffiti letters across the wall, along with a spray-painted city skyline. The 9,000-square-feet, no-frills facility holds no treadmills or elliptical machines. Instead, the space is outfitted with rowing machines, barbells and weighted plates, medicine balls, and ropes that dangle from the ceiling. Steeped in functional fitness exercises, the gym?s CrossFit and boot-camp classes whip bodies into shape using everyday movements, such as teaming up to flip oversized tires and office chairs, which prepares bodies for massive garage clean outs.
At Sweat Fitness NYC, students don’t just sweat from exertion—some of that perspiration might comes courtesy of the center’s heated studio. During the signature Hot Power Fusion courses, instructors crank up the heat for a class that fuses Pilates moves and yoga poses. The studio hosts room-temperature classes as well; pole-dance classes teach sultry spins and lifts, and Zumba sessions get feet moving with simple Latin dance moves. Regardless of the class, the supportive instructors regularly switch up their routines, preventing workout boredom without hanging really cool mobiles from the classroom ceiling.