If you want to be motivated by the trainers at APOGEE Fitness & Wellness, you have two choices. You can either sign up for a one-on-one personal training session or attend a group class such as Pilates, yoga, Zumba, or TRX suspension training. In addition to those fitness services, the center schedules spa treatments such as massages and reflexology, which feel extra nice after a tough workout where you sweat to cardio movements or hit the Pilates mat.
Thanks to its perch along the Hudson River, LizzFitness was awarded Best Gym with a View in 2011 by Westchester Magazine. The scenic studio is home to certified personal trainer Lizz Endrich’s repertoire of fitness and wellness services, which span the workout spectrum with everything from TRX suspension training to aquatic boot-camp classes. Endrich’s fitness ideals include personalized attention, a comfortable workout space, and an enthusiasm to address overall health; being a reiki master and licensed massage therapist, she can also address overall health by offering soothing massage kneads and healing reiki techniques.
Solars Sports Clubs has fitness fanatics of all stripes covered, offering amenities that range from the parquet of the basketball court and the hardened evergreen of the tennis courts to rows of weight machines and the whirr of the smoothie bar. Group classes whip participants into shape, whether it's heart-pumping belly dancing or spin classes that encourage cyclists to workout without having to share the road with reckless turtles. Solaris also offers kids classes and summer camps, getting little ones off the couch and into action while honing their sports skills.
Tired of gimmicky diets and ineffective workouts, owner and master coach Ray Carile turned to CrossFit. He has whipped himself into shape and kept excess pounds at bay with CrossFit’s no-nonsense approach—perform a varied workout three times a week and burn more calories than you consume. To help others stick to that simple and effective philosophy, he opened CrossFit Rally by Sweat. He and his team of trainers lead clients of all fitness levels in exercises that incorporate functional movements, such as pushing and pulling, and draw upon a wide array of equipment, including battle ropes, kettlebells, and rowing machines. Their focus on functional movements prepares participants for everything from everyday activities—such as climbing stairs and chasing cars—to sports and work tasks. In each session, they vary the daily workout to help motivate patrons to stick to the schedule. Because the method is adaptable, they offer classes for kids as young as 3 to instill healthy lifestyle habits in wee ones right out of the gate.
At CrossFit Athletic Performance, the instructors are attempting to establish a new workout tradition. They eschew the silent weight lifting of big brand gyms in favor of unconventional exercises focusing on explosive power, and ensure raucous cheers of encouragement from instructors and other students accompany every workout. This camaraderie isn't by chance. CrossFit's staff fosters the positive atmosphere by celebrating even the smallest of victories in the gym with high fives and a cake made of celery. As dedicated as owners are to a positive atmosphere, they opened CrossFit Athletic Performance to get people healthy and strong, and judging by their students' dedication, they've been successful. The gym's workouts change every day in an effort to combat monotony and shock muscles; the only constant is the intensity of the sessions. In contrast, students can take a movement-focused approach to toning their bodies with mat Pilates and yoga classes hosted by the same instructors.
In CrossFit Somers’s 2,000-square-foot facility, enthusiastic trainers push people through a constantly rotating regimen of exercises designed to turn them into well-balanced all-around fitness machines. Working through a roster of 10 core goals, including increased flexibility, speed, and cardio endurance, students carry out a variety of tasks such as the clean and jerk—lifting a barbell over their head in three moves—or the jerk, where they shout at the barbell that it will never find love. They also throw medicine balls up against the wall, pull against resistance on the TRX ropes, and jump atop plyometric boxes from a standstill.
Combining these functional movements and exercises with a diet of vegetables and lean meats helps exercisers lose weight and sculpt whole physiques. Instructors also customize the program, hosting sessions for kids as well as scholastic athletes looking to enhance their skills.