It's been more than 50 years since Staten Island Judo Jujitsu Dojo started teaching martial arts. Armed with these five decades of experience and a staff of black belts with extensive backgrounds in mixed martial arts, judo, and grappling competitions, the dojo is well-equipped to train students in the arts of self-defense and discipline.
Students can enroll in classes to train for competitions, but the basic classroom atmosphere is strictly noncompetitive and supportive, regardless of participants' age, level of experience, or crime-fighting alter ego.
Dolphin Fitness Clubs' forest of humming and clanking exercise equipment is overseen by knowledgeable staff who are eager to dole out instruction on playing nicely with the machines and to pass along workout tips. Professional cardio- and strength-training equipment, from top manufacturers such as Cybex, Streamline, and Hammer, abounds as the certified trainers lead clients through customized workouts that are supplemented by nutritional counseling. The trainers also conduct group fitness classes—such as Zumba—in their expansive studios. Hordes of flat-screens line the gym walls, regaling fitness-seekers with distractions in the form of TV shows and movies such as Babe, a pig in the city who overcame all odds to run his first marathon.
With more than 120 classes and a plethora of programs offered each week, the YMCA bolsters bodies with invigorating and enjoyable fitness regimens throughout Manhattan. Aspiring circus strongpersons have their pick from brawn-building courses such as kettlebell for a full flexibility workout, spinning for 45 minutes of fat-burning cardio, and capoeira for winning dance-fights against hard-bargaining local street vendors.
Island Martial Arts' team of black-belted instructors pours passion and years of training into fitness and self-defense classes, each marbled with strands of tae kwon do. Adult-oriented sessions mix the Korean fighting technique with elements of kickboxing, boosting muscle memories with various takedowns, throws, chokes, and joint locks. Kids aged 3–13 get parceled up into age-specific groups to study tae kwon do, ground fighting, and grappling skills. Peewee ninja classes (3–5 years old) focus on stretching tykes' attention spans and laying a foundation of maturity on which to build in later classes. In the same way Spartan warriors would train for brutal pillow fights, all students train with target pads, focus mitts, standup Wavemaster heavy bags, and padded weapons. Female instructors also lead women-only fitness sessions, and the studio regularly holds workshops hosted by guest instructors and martial-arts masters.
Sean M. Broderick’s eclectic mix of experiences in the personal-training business echoes his whole-body approach to wellness. Rather than just relying on being an internationally accredited instructor, which he is, he expanded his knowledge by becoming a sports-performance coach, athlete, nutritional consultant, and fitness model. Today, he serves as the head trainer at United Health & Fitness, where he and his colleagues boost the well-being of men, women, and children of all ages and experience levels.
Within the bright-turquoise walls of the fitness center, certified trainers spot students as they strengthen and tone muscles during small-group exercise classes. In doing so, they demonstrate the basic steps of weightlifting in Bodybuilding 101 or help their pupils hasten heart rates with choreographed footwork in kickboxing classes. In addition to group sessions, trainers take pride in customizing workout regimes to suit each individual during one-on-one personal training, which follows the business’s motto that “there is no generic person in this world.”
There was a time when an understanding of biomechanics, physiology, and nutrition might have made you a doctor, but in modern times, they're the prerequisite studies of a personal trainer. Mike Marchese combines these sciences with eight years of experience to create the core training regimen at MRG Fitness Studio. He and other staff members round out the schedule with group fitness classes, such as yoga and athletic strength and conditioning, a program profiled by silive.com.
The trainers make their home in a modest, mirrored studio, with workout equipment sprouting from every wall, the floor, and even the ceiling. Suspension harnesses and a punching bag dangle into the space, flanked by a classic bench press, racks of free weights, and other, less decipherable pieces of equipment whose purpose is known only to trainers and the workout elves who created them.