After fist-punching his way through the U.S. Army's basic training program, bobbing and weaving through an amateur boxing career, and drop-kicking every last test that stood between him as his law degree, the poet-warrior Edward Rush opened a commercial gym in Washington, DC. He soon grew tired of folding towels for patrons who only wanted to use his gym as a place to read magazines or watch TV while they jogged, so he closed up shop, moved to NYC, and opened a personal-training gym and fitness laboratory. There, he earned the nickname "The Mad Scientist" for his grueling, inventive, and rewarding training method, called IFS.
For a quick, intense workout, students can turn to the gym's CrossFit classes. CrossFit incorporates a fusion of strength and cardiovascular conditioning exercises that grant bodies with sculpting, toning, and endurance-boosting benefits in less than an hour. In fact, many members hustle through the retinue of handstand pushups and Olympic-style power cleans on their lunch hours via the gym's power lunch program, which includes a paleo-diet meal delivery when the workout is completed. Whether over lunch, early in the morning, or at the end of an office day, students can attend classes up to six days a week and retire to well appointed locker rooms equipped with showers, towel service, and complimentary grooming products.
During 10 years in the fitness industry, 6 of those spent as a personal trainer, Wally Oldham amassed sufficient knowledge and skill to open Titan Fitness Studios with the confidence necessary for such an endeavor. He designed the personal-training gym himself, and it houses the free weights, ropes and resistance bands, and cardio equipment necessary to challenge guests to diverse workouts. Wally and his trainers incorporate modern techniques into classic, time-tested programs as free of frills as a limo whose leather seats have been replaced with wood benches. They spread out appointments so clients have plenty of room to work toward improved physiques, a pursuit that may involve sprints and agility work atop an indoor turf field or heaving kettlebells.
In addition to custom exercise regimens, the gym keeps a nutritionist on staff to assist clients in creating grocery lists and meal plans. An online system aids the assault on pudge by enabling clients to track their exercise progress, weight, and daily caloric intake. Instead of stuffing their car keys and business suits in their gym socks, clients can stow their belongings in a locker room as they sweat off inches with trainers.:m]]
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.
For the past decade, founder Billy Macagnone has helmed Body Evolutions, New York’s largest Gyrotonic studio. Macagnone—one of the workout system’s authorized master trainers—personally schools many of his staffers in Gyrotonic movements, which combine elements of gymnastics, swimming, ballet, and yoga to enhance strength and freedom of motion. Macagnone possesses firsthand knowledge of the novel regimen, as he learned its techniques directly from Gyrotonic creator Juliu Horvath.
Per Horvath’s vision, specialized equipment lines the walls of Body Evolutions' newly renovated studio. Machines range from a pulley tower that generates smooth and constant resistance to an archway whose ladder-like structure works otherwise difficult-to-access muscle groups. Athletes mount the equipment during classes and training sessions that span several levels, stretching their muscles in circular exercises that facilitate total freedom of movement, much like owning an invisible airplane.
A team of certified teachers. Fifty group classes a week. A 2,500-square-foot loft studio. Owner Ernie Fossa created the gym he dreamed of 10 years ago to help patrons improve the way they look and feel. Cot-like reformer machines slung low to the ground line the walls, punctuated by the high metal bars of a tower machine. Both contraptions aid exercisers in engaging their cores and sinking more deeply into stretches, lengthening the standard motions of Pilates, increasing resistance levels, and relieving joints of possible strains. The ample number of instructors means class sizes remain between four and six students, ensuring easy access to the equipment and individual attention for all. For more personalized workouts, patrons can opt for one-on-one sessions with a certified instructor or one of the studio directors, who will motivate them through tailored workouts that combine mat and machine work.
After Israel’s Defense Forces developed krav maga—Hebrew for “contact combat”—on Middle East battlegrounds, the technique spread swiftly. Krav maga has gained popularity internationally at organizations including the NYPD and the FBI. The Krav Maga Federation—established by krav maga’s founder, Imi Lichtenfeld—strives to catalyze the martial art’s spread via schools that reach from New York to Rio de Janeiro.
The street-fighting style emphasizes efficient, practical techniques for targeting attackers’ most vulnerable areas and is ideal for combat situations where no rules apply, such as the wars with lobsters in your dreams. As they learn, patrons gain improved awareness of their surroundings, self-confidence, and physical fitness among the colorful mats and punching bags at Krav Maga Federation.