When Ray went to college, he followed in his father's footsteps and studied for a career that would have kept him at a desk all day. But Ray has always been active, and he realized he needed to find a career that would allow him to interact with people. Initially, he trained in physical therapy—but when he discovered athletic training, he knew he'd found his true calling. For more than 13 years, he's dedicated himself to helping people achieve their fitness goals. Now, as the fitness-programming director at Seek Fitness, Ray is passionate about helping members get results with an effective training system. But even as he and his trainers encourage clients to push themselves, they still aim to make classes fun and a little crazy.
Seek Fitness focuses on three types of classes. During Zumba, trainers pump up Latin music, '80s and '90s throwbacks, and current dance hits, then throw themselves into easy-to-follow choreography that gets everyone sweating together as they party away calories. The trainers change up boot-camp routines for each class; on any given day, students might be swinging kettlebells or using TRX suspension bands. Energy-packed Fusion classes are designed to keep students moving for a full 50 minutes, whether they're taking jabs at focus mitts, pummeling punching bags and piñatas, or going through kickboxing combinations. At the end of class, trainers want everyone to be tired and sweaty but liberated from stress and proud of their workout.
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.
When Shawn Rogers enlisted in the Army he was 50 pounds overweight. Intense training and discipline helped him trim down and gave his life a sense of purpose. But after he left the service, he slipped back into old habits by neglecting his health for the sake of a higher income. Fast forward to September 11, 2001. The tragedy inspired Shawn to leave his job and build the life he truly wanted. His sense of urgency led him to become a personal trainer as well. After working in several gyms, he opened Your Body Your Machine.
Shawn's clientele runs the gamut from nurses and correction officers to Diane Sawyer, co-anchor of Good Morning America. When she asked him to help some of her staff members, he launched the GMA Fit Club. This program helped the show's staffers lose up to 60 pounds and 10 inches.
Amber Medical Spa's Dr. Patria González guides her team of registered nurses, massage therapists, and aestheticians in their quest to keep bodies vibrant. Armed with a repertoire of injectable and laser-borne elixirs of youth, their treatments, which include wrinkle-smoothing Botox, minimally invasive alternatives to liposuction, and laser hair removal, can keep every square inch of the epidermis fortified against the effects of age, weight gain, or becoming a wolf-man. Along with her simple outpatient procedures, Dr. González also aids long-term battles against fatty tissues with custom weight-loss programs, using detailed analyses of body composition to determine a dietary road to an ideal body weight.
Natural Frontier Market's shelves teem with certified-organic produce and a slew of natural foods, bath and body products, and dietary supplements. Scoops of bulk grains such as organic mung beans, quinoa, and flaxseed await trips to the scale, and pints of organic yogurt huddle beside dairy-free ice cream and Amy's frozen entrees in coolers. Flavored protein powder and locally sourced helium pump up muscles to massive sizes, health-boosting vitamins fill dietary gaps, and natural toiletries beautify bods without harsh chemicals. Juice and salad bars sate appetites on the go, and Natural Frontier's free delivery service ushers orders safely to doorsteps and Rocky Mountain summits.
New York Total Health Centers has an expert medical team that includes physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists. They specialize in managing pain, targeting excess pounds, and promoting overall wellness, using traditional services as well as innovative diagnostic techniques.