Athletes emerge from Paragon Performance training programs quicker, faster, and stronger; primed for excellence on the diamond, gridiron, or court. Classes are open to all athletes—ages 8 up to the established professional athlete—looking to improve in the areas of speed, agility, strength, and conditioning. As they train to become better all-around individual athletes, players will also notice a boost in confidence and their ability to contribute to a team dynamic.
At CrossFit Strong Island, a collection of fitness specialists, athletes, and coaches lead training programs within a sprawling 7,500-square-foot strength and conditioning facility. Their programs combine weightlifting, gymnastics, and high-intensity cardio exercise for an efficient overall-fitness routine. Additionally, each program is held in a group setting for extra camaraderie and social support.
Members of Synergy Fitness Clubs thrive on choice. Choice of location? There are nine. Choice of activity? Instructors lead classes in almost any form of exercise imaginable, such as power sculpt, full-body circuits, and intense cycling. To make sure that members are making the choices that will help reach their fitness goals the fastest, the clubs are staffed with more than 100 lifestyle coaches. These pros are continually educated in their fields of specialty—which might mean nutrition counseling, yoga, or boxing.
A wide slate of equipment and amenities makes it as easy as possible to fit in workouts. Most locations are open 24 hours, and while parents lift free weights or dance a beautiful tango with a Precor elliptical, their kids can hang out in a free childcare room.
"Stationary bike" is a misnomer when it comes to the RealRyder cycles at CoreRyder. True, they won't propel you across the gym like a bodybuilder would if you insulted his tan, but they tilt and lean like a real bike on the road. This movement engages the core, strengthening the gut as legs burn off plentiful calories through cardio.
A subtle heat spreads throughout Fuel the Soul, distinct from the scorching air at hot-yoga studios that warm the room with thermostats. The muscle-melting energy seeps into muscles, coaxing tension away. This brand of heat comes from a system that emits infrared rays, capable of penetrating deeper into tissues and detoxifying patrons while they move through classic yoga poses. Co-owner Greg Fine explains to Patch.com, "Exercising … in an infrared heated sauna can help you burn calories much faster." The heat emanates from lamps that, according to Greg, are identical to those used by surgeons in neonatal hospital units and fast-food line-cooks in NASA space vessels. Customers can reap the heat's benefits, which include a faster metabolism and easier healing, whether they’re attending yoga classes or simply steeping in the far-infrared sauna.
Another offering as unusual as a cat and dog that only fight about who loves the other more is the Gyrotonic workout, "a unique method that uses movements found in swimming, yoga, and tai chi and helps improve strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination." Greg—who studied under Juliu Horvath, the Romanian dancer and exile who developed the exercise to recover after tearing his Achilles tendon and rupturing a few spinal disks—teaches the technique to students of all fitness levels and ages, whether they’re recovering from injuries or courting greater flexibility.
Vanessa Cafiero grew up with scoliosis. She struggled against chronic back pain through her teens, until a friend brought her to a small nonprofit ashram. Reluctantly, she went along and discovered that yoga could help her cope with her affliction while challenging both her body and mind. In addition to earning a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology at Hofstra University, Cafiero completed a seven-month intensive program at the Finger Lakes School of Massage. While there, she gained certification in reiki, herbal medicine, and massage therapy. Two years later, Cafiero completed her first yoga teacher-training program.
All these skills come together in Cafiero's business, Emerge Yoga & Wellness, where she helms a staff of teachers and therapists who do their part to foster mind-body harmony through yoga classes, AntiGravity Yoga, and massage modalities. They also train aspiring instructors during weekend sessions and carry essential oils by Young Living Essential Oils, which can ease a host of ailments.