At Northeast Fitness Factory, fighters are allowed to talk about Fight Club. Named after the iconic novel and film, the gym’s signature class blends strikes inspired by boxing and mixed martial arts with cross-training fundamentals, leaving students as confident as they are toned. It’s not all about fighting at this gym, though. Students can also enlist in classes such as dance-inspired Zumba cardio, yoga, and boot camp. Committed instructors push participants to the limit, working with all types of fitness levels to maximize results. They even have the option to leave their children in the gym’s daycare, where staff members supervise as tots play with toys or compare their stock portfolios.
In the early 20th century, the Gracie family took the tenants of jujitsu, as taught by Japanese immigrant Mitsuyo Maeda, and put their own Brazilian spin on them. Now a century later, Renzo Gracie carries on the family tradition as the American forefather of brazilian jujitsu—and he’s the one who handed a black belt to Andy Papadopoulos, the instructor at Renzo Gracie Shoreline Academy. He honors his mentor, and the other members of the Gracie family under whom he’s trained, by teaching traditional brazilian jujitsu. The method of grappling focuses on taking the opponent to the ground, and then gaining control using wrestling techniques.
At Alternative Healthcare Associates, Doctor of Chiropractic Sharl A. Roguski takes a holistic approach to wellness, offering services that include chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy, and herbal nutrition counseling. She's also certified in acupuncture and hypnosis, which might be used in conjunction to discover and treat a fear of being pricked with tiny needles. Dr. Roguski even applies her holistic ways to cosmetic services, as evidenced by her noninvasive iLipo fat-reduction treatments.
Dr. Leon Goldstein is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon and the head of Coastal Plastic Surgery Center. His mission is to provide the best cosmetic treatments in the safest possible manner. Dr. Goldstein performs treatments both in nationally recognized hospitals as well as in his private, onsite skin rejuvenation suite located in Madison, CT.
The classes at CrossFit Battleground—intense, constantly varied workouts based on natural movements—are as ideal for first-time exercisers as they are for professional athletes, and that's the way the coaches like it. The crux of the program is the workout of the day, a full-body session that is performed with speed and intensity, borrowing functional movements from Olympic lifts, kettlebell training, plyometrics, and body-weight exercises. These workouts can be tailored to any exerciser by simply decreasing the weight, scaling down the intensity, or moving the workout to one of Earth’s few patches of land that aren’t affected by gravity. CrossFit Battleground challenges students to these regimens in classes held up to seven times per day, making missing class all but impossible.
Shoreline Fitness's certified trainers hold tight to their philosophy of leading a life in balance. They lead patrons toward this goal by targeting their core tenets of health and fitness—stability, movement, strength, and nourishment. Both of Shoreline Fitness's clubs welcome guests to their more than 15,000-square-foot training studios, which are packed with cardio machines and strength-training equipment to assist them on their journeys to overall fitness.
Throughout the week, instructors lead more than 150 fitness classes on the hardwood floors of their numerous training studios, and NASM-certified personal trainers meet with clients individually, drafting custom workout sessions to suit their specific fitness goals. As their parents burn calories, youngsters can burn excess energy in the onsite Kids Club. In the clean, secure playroom, a childcare staff leads wee ones in hands-on activities and enlightening discourse on the fleeting impermanence of reality.