Within the dimly lit studio, energizing music inspires hearts and pedals to pump faster as students follow the instructor's lead through intense stationary rides. While some classes are strictly spinning and require no more equipment than Lifestyle's bikes, others incorporate weights, exercise bands, and Pilates mats to tone the entire body. However, even pure spin classes are varied, as the certified instructors call out commands that challenge participants to imagine they are climbing steep hills or evading packs of rabid door-to-door salesmen.
Joe Amoroso prides himself on never turning down anyone who comes to him for help, no matter how much of a high-risk injury they have. The master trainer is particularly adept at rehabilitating athletes while still toning and shaping their bodies through high-performance training. To do so, he relies on the knowledge he gained working in some of New York's elite health clubs and helping clients do touch-up work before their photo shoots and shifts working as department-store mannequins.
At Trainer Joe's, he and his staff sculpts bodies during private training sessions and group fitness classes. These include fat-blasting boot camps, flexibility-building yoga classes, and muscle-boosting strength and conditioning classes. Joe also helps develop customized nutrition plans.
Having competed in triathlons, adventure races, and bodybuilding competitions, New Jersey Adventure Boot Camp’s owner Valerie Pawlowski takes getting fit seriously. In addition to being a certified instructor, she's a nutrition and medical-exercise specialist, which helps her motivate exercisers to lead overall healthier lifestyles. She helms a team of highly qualified and certified instructors in helping participants foster healthy, slim selves in high-intensity boot-camp classes. The four-week sessions—held indoors and outdoors—keep bodies engaged through varying routines to prevent workout burnout. One day participants might do pull-ups on playground equipment and jog up park stairs, and the next they might do lunges and heave weights or other tired boot campers until they get back on their feet.
The head instructor at Hill Crest Farm, Lisa, has been in the equine industry since she was just 7 years old. The passion that was passed down from her father?himself an avid horseman?never wavered, and in 2003 she realized her lifelong dream of opening her own stable. During lessons and camps, she passes on the knowledge she's gained during her three decades in the sport, including the riding disciplines of hunter/jumper, equitation, dressage, and western. She not only imparts proper technique, but she also teaches love for the horse, horsemanship skills, and confidence?values that are equally important whether students are young or old, longtime riders or just starting out.
"We give kids the confidence to protect themselves." These eight words sum up the motto for MartialArtsProgramsforkids.com as well as the mission of their curriculum. At a wealth of locations along the East Coast, youngsters learn confidence, discipline, and respect as they boost skills in a variety of disciplines, including jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts. The skills learned in these lessons can also help them defend themselves in the face of bullies and family cats that won't share the remote control.
With hundreds of locations throughout the world, Fitness Together contours the global musclescape one individual at a time with customized workouts. Beginning with a body consultation and assessment, clients are classified into different training zones leading to goal-specific programs that help them reach their true fitness potential. During the 45-minute sweat sessions, a trained muscle tutor supervises squats to ensure muscles are properly stretched and showered in both praise and post-perspiring soap. The one-on-one attention allows the trainer to fine-tune movements, tone trouble zones, and push students to keep going when they'd otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.