To help patrons build up speed, coordination, and stamina, CrossFit Mercer owner Dolph Geurds leads them in CrossFit's signature workout—quick, high-intensity combinations of weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardio exercises in short, intense routines. He began practicing CrossFit in 2004, which fueled him to inspire others to get fit through this strength and conditioning regimen, along with a team of coaches. Before permitting pupils into the fold, instructors run them through the On Ramp program, which evaluates athletic prowess with tests such as jump roping and pull-ups to help coaches craft custom training programs to each student's abilities. The exercises vary from day to day; one day, students might do pull-ups and sprints, and the next, they might climb ropes and dead lift weights.
The staff caters to younger and older visitors with courses designed around kids and seniors, and students in CrossFit Mercer's weightlifting club test their muscular fortitude by lifting world-class athletes over their heads.
Spa treatments are sometimes considered luxuries, but Necessities Day Spa & Salon treats them as essential services that provide much-needed relaxation. Nestled in The Shoppes at Hamilton, the spa hosts a team of experts in haircare, aesthetics, massage, and waxing. For people who return to enjoy the spa’s services over multiple trips, Necessities provides membership packages that include access to a VIP lounge, use of robes and slippers, and the ability to hear a host of trumpets playing whenever they walk into a room.
Max Fitness specializes in a signature 10-week fitness challenge designed to yield results and transform clients' entire bodies. The system combines exercise, nutritional guidance, and motivation, helping clients to pursue their potential and achieve their fitness and health goals. Trainers design cardio and strength-training exercises to accommodate individuals of all fitness levels, as well as a nutrition program that includes food education and menus of foods that can be found in an everyday supermarket. The third pillar of the system—motivation—hinges on Max Fitness's vast support system of individuals and trainers all working toward a common goal.
The trainers at United Strength Academy make warriors of their exercisers with a back-to-basics approach. Their fitness-training classes, which range from Warrior Training and boot camp to boxing and Pilates, incorporate some effective old-school tools that trendier workout regimes may have abandoned. The equipment includes battling ropes, tires, and clients’ own body weight.
Cardio and strength-training equipment clangs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Urge Fitness. Within training studios, fitness instructors lead energetic circuit-training workouts, lively hip-hop classes, and revitalizing yoga sessions. Guests can unwind after workouts at the onsite smoothie bar, sipping specialty shakes and coffee while enjoying free Wi-Fi.
If Bruce Lee watched a class at East Coast Academy of Martial Arts, he might smile as he observed instructor Michele Thompson teach his signature style of jun fan gung fu. Michele teams up with Dave Shrank and Scott Gray—who specialize in niche styles such as maphilindo silat—to help students learn in an authentic setting. They also specialize in other unique martial arts, such as Filipino kali and Chinese wing chun, as well as yoga classes and sessions for children and women.
At CrossFit Nassau, seasoned coaches lead a full lineup of group CrossFit classes, including standard CrossFit, CrossFit Kids, and CrossFit Light. Built around constantly varied, high-intensity workouts that rely primarily on functional movements, CrossFit sessions are scaled to the abilities of every participant, inviting first-timers and experienced exercisers alike to join in on the action.