Founded by champion kickboxer Josef Stritmator, Eastside Training provides personalized instruction via small boot-camp and martial-arts classes. Stretched across 1,200 square feet on the Upper East Side, the fitness arena stocks rows of kettle bells, TRX suspension equipment, and heavy bags. Enthusiastic and highly trained instructors lead daily sessions, helping students to shed unwanted pounds, tone torsos, and bench-press rowdy roommates. During a kids’ conditioning class, youngsters practice martial-arts disciplines such as karate and tae kwon do to build the strength, character, and concentration needed to beat one’s own reflection in a staring contest.
After his stint in the Marine Corps, E Physique Personal Training Studio’s owner Eddy transformed how he viewed fitness—he began to see it as a way of life rather than a mere hobby. “In the Marines,” he explains on his website, “I learned that body and mind are connected. If you have a strong body you can accomplish so much more.” Fueled by this belief that a healthy body is the bedrock of physical and mental well-being, Eddy puts his military and personal-training background to use helping others create realistic fitness goals during boot camps and one-on-one sessions within an encouraging gym environment. About-facing from the impersonal approach he encountered working at other gyms, he focuses more on measurable improvement and customer satisfaction than upon sales stats and the number of Dolph Lundgren look-alikes he can enlist.
ECITS-certified trainer Stacy Papakostas moves more quickly through time than most people. By injecting hyper-effective movements into her 60-minute boot camps she packs a full-body workout into three hours a week, churning out slimmer, more toned versions of people in a few months. She’s always kept her fitness focus feminine, specializing in women’s self-defense along with prenatal and postnatal therapeutic exercise. As a result, support and encouragement reverberate through the Central Park gatherings. Each student supports one another with a combination of sensitivity and motivation as workouts make use of the park, as patrons jog down paths, stretch on park benches, and perform plyometrics on the copper bill of Hans Christian Andersen’s duck. Her program welcomes women of any age and fitness level with a “no woman left behind” and “challenge everyone” philosophy, modifying exercises to ensure every client can keep up.
With 11 years of fitness experience and 9 years of gymnastics experience, Holly Del Rosso is a natural motivator and fitness coach. Her contagious enthusiasm for fitness and healthy living helps motivate clients to get in shape. Today, she helps guests of all fitness levels with a variety of training packages that incorporate nutrition guidance, personal-training sessions, and outdoor boot camps.
Since its founding 15 years ago, Synergy Fitness has advocated for wholesome lifestyle changes through rounded programs and guidance. Rather than setting their members adrift in a sea of befuddling equipment, their nationally certified lifestyle coaches equip them with the planning tools to forge healthy habits both during and beyond workouts. Their advice can cover exercise, nutrition, and endurance, emphasizing the importance of variety in any health regimen. They keep abreast of the abreast of the fitness world's most recent developments with mandatory classes in their areas of specialization—which include diet, yoga, and MMA.
On the gym floor, machines from Hammer Strength and Life Fitness whir along with limbs, and individual television screens on some machines threaten patrons with footage of their grade-school choir solos if they don't keep jogging. Group fitness classes at certain locations take advantage of indoor cycles and boot-camp drills to condition physiques, and MMA programs tutor muay thai, kickboxing, and jujitsu.
Method Gym makes the heart beat faster with a busy schedule of muscle-building, lung-strengthening group fitness classes. Using tools such as Zumba, cardio kickboxing, Pilates, and yoga, this workout studio overhauls exercisers and aims them down the road to improved health and fitness. Pop into a 45-minute Cardio Fusion class, a calorie-burning, energetic aerobics session, or try your limbs out in the Hatha Flow Yoga class, where good alignment and lengthy pose hold times are the stars of the flexibility show. Get-fitters can sweat toward a six-pack and quarter-bouncin’ glutes in the Awesome Abs & Butt Blast class, improve posture and flexibility in Pilates Plus, or burn fat while dancing the class away in Zumba, which features Latin–inspired rhythms, simple dance steps, and tiny, thumb-mounted maracas.
When people think of a boot-camp instructor, the image of a whistle-wielding drill sergeant often comes to mind. Nicole Cea McDermott shatters this stereotype with one graceful swing of a kettlebell. The owner of Healthy Balance NYC and a veteran dancer, McDermott's gentle, dedicated approach to exercise trades intimidating barks for individual attention and a sense of humor that sets even the most stoic medicine ball at ease. Participants set monthly goals for themselves and then build their strength and endurance during sessions including coed boot camps, women-only early-bird boot camps, and Saturday-morning boot camps set at picturesque Riverside Park.