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.
Yoga instructor Mariola Zaremba co-founded Awakening New York with Phillia Kim Downs, a shamanic healer—and their 7,000-square-foot wellness center's services are as eclectic as their credentials. The spa treatments, for example, range from massages and anti-cellulite treatments to private shamanic-healing consultations and essential-oil-based raindrop therapy, inspired by ancient Lakota traditions. The fitness classes, meanwhile, highlight the diversity of yoga, with courses on breath-centered hatha, stamina-building power yoga, and restorative yoga, which is more effective than doing regular yoga on a mat made of Band-Aids.
Your Movement Wellness Center blends health coaching and fitness classes set in a bright, spacious studio. Classes such as yoga, Pilates, fitness classes, and strength training take place in a friendly environment that encourages physical and spiritual refreshment with relaxation-based classes. Meanwhile, health coaching encourages holistic health and nutrition through online recipes, nutritional counseling, guidance, and support.
Reading at trainer Julianne Giragosian's resume is like thumbing through the world's most extensive workout catalogue. Nearly every exercise style is represented, from kickboxing and kettlebells to Zumba and Pilates. Martial arts get their own section, too; Julianne boasts expert training in MMA disciplines including Brazilian jiu jitsu, muay thai, and goju-ryu karate. Certified by organizations including the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, and KBC Kettlebells, Julianne leveraged her expertise into training gigs across the country, even appearing in nationally broadcast fitness infomercials.
Now at Nago Academy, she leads students down the path to fitness with the help of her training partner Leo Borges. Certified by CrossFit and the American Council on Exercise in his own right, Leo joins Julianne for classes that add strength to core muscles through intense cardio work and targeted suspension training. They also stay active outside the classroom, often finding time to hone their own skills during sparring sessions.
Zumba instructor Alyson helps her clients burn calories without subjecting them to monotonous exercise routines. Her Zumba fitness classes inspire participants to sashay themselves slim through energetic dance routines set to Latin beats. In Zumba toning sessions, she pairs clients with special toning sticks that strengthen muscles while guests bust grooves. Her Aqua Zumba classes take the toe-tapping routines into the water to reduce joint strain and impact, making it an ideal class for students recovering from injury or still acclimating to the Earth’s gravitational pull.
Zumba classes at M Dance & Fitness provide a hip-shaking workout so engrossing that, according to Time Out New York, students barely notice its rigor until they’re sore the next day. Set to music that ranges from pop to reggaeton, classes work the whole body through simple dance steps from schools such as salsa and merengue.
The studio’s Masala Bhangra class replaces Zumba’s Latin flair with Indian moves. Masala means “spicy” in Hindi; the routines are thus a “spicy,” or Bollywood-inflected, take on Bhangra, a traditional Indian folkdance. Studio founder Misty Clark and her team of instructors helm other dance fitness classes as well, with focuses such as ballet, kick-box dance, hip-hop, and ab work.