Wayne Sims has been teaching for more than two decades, with experience teaching master classes in Chicago and Los Angeles. His uses his biology degree and his background as a trained dancer and athlete to create fitness routines that, unlike three-armed tracksuits, work for both male and female students. As his training program has developed and his female clientele has increased, he has developed a specialization in fitness for women, including for pre- and postnatal and menopausal clients. Today, Wayne customizes routines in personal-training and group-fitness sessions and, working with a team of experts, offers nutritional services as well.
Roshelle “Rocky” Wilder, NYC Dance Arts’ founding director, began dancing and choreographing dance pieces when she was still in high school. She has performed with underground hip-hop artists such as Denzil Porter, Deena Jones, and The Future, and her students at NYC Dance Arts have performed on Broadway, earning mention from ExpertsColumn.com.. With a team of teachers, Wilder guides students through the steps of contemporary hip-hop, classical ballet, heart-healthy Zumba, and other dance-centric classes.
Ballet classes boost students’ balance, concentration, and coordination while strengthening core muscles. Modern/contemporary dance rebels against the traditional aesthetic of classical ballet with abstract, emotive movements—or by cutting class, sneaking out, and taking the works of Jean-Paul Sartre very seriously. Break dance 101 introduces students to urban street dance, focusing on inspiration and creativity. Yoga fitness classes combine a cardio workout with deep-breathing exercises and yoga poses. In addition to regular classes, NYC Dance Arts offers special workshops with visiting choreographers and professional dancers, and organizes dance flash mobs—groups of dancers who meet in a public place to perform a dance routine.
There are six essential ingredients that compose each of Complete Body's fitness programs: strength, cardio, flexibility, meditation, nutrition, and rest. Founder Alex Reznik is the mind behind this philosophy. In 1995, he founded the company believing that, if given the opportunity, most people would seek to better their health. Soon thereafter, he was proven right by both rising membership numbers and favorable media attention, including articles in Time Out New York and the New York Times.
Complete Body has now expanded to three locations. At each club, experts adhere to Mr. Reznik's principles, blending Eastern and Western techniques during classes such as yoga, boot camps, and kickboxing. Complete Body also hosts cross-training classes, which are designed to burn fat, build strength, and improve flexibility by focusing on six elements: strength, cardio, flexibility, meditation, nutrition, and rest. Among the state-of-the-art equipment and fitness technologies that help members reach their fitness goals, independent trainers utilize the facility with their clients. At onsite spas, massage therapists work tense muscles and aestheticians refresh skin with facials. Physical therapists can help to rehabilitate clients following injuries, calling upon various training methods in their arsenal.
After studying yoga and meditation in Thailand, Circuit of Change's founder Brian Delmonico was inspired to create an exercise program that could both dramatically strengthen the body and bring balance to the mind. The result is Mind Body Boot Camp, an intense workout that weaves together elements from seven different disciplines, including yoga, core training, kickboxing, and kicking cardboard boxes. This innovative mix of Eastern and Western techniques has caught the attention of the New York Times—which compared it to other boot camps as a "tamer (though hardly tame) alternative"—as well as New York magazine, which named Circuit of Change's workout the Best Zen Bootcamp in its Best of New York 2012 issue.
Mind Body boot-camp classes are held both outdoors and in Circuit of Change's 1500-square-foot studio, where white beams stretch from hardwood floors to high ceilings with track lighting. The fitness experts also teach yoga classes, the calorie-burning powers of which rival those of the boot-camp classes.
With more than 30,000 square feet of facility space, Xtreme Gym draws fitness-seeking flocks with its new workout equipment, group classes, and appealing amenities. Au courant cardio machines with LCD TVs and fresh-faced weights await eager lungs and limbs, and collective sweat sessions include Zumba, spinning, yoga, and tag-team walrus wrestling. On-site extras such as the steam room, sauna, locker rooms, and towel service make calorie-burning more akin to pleasure than pain.
Since its founding 15 years ago, Synergy Fitness has advocated for wholesome lifestyle changes through rounded programs and guidance. Rather than setting their members adrift in a sea of befuddling equipment, their nationally certified lifestyle coaches equip them with the planning tools to forge healthy habits both during and beyond workouts. Their advice can cover exercise, nutrition, and endurance, emphasizing the importance of variety in any health regimen. They keep abreast of the abreast of the fitness world's most recent developments with mandatory classes in their areas of specialization—which include diet, yoga, and MMA.
On the gym floor, machines from Hammer Strength and Life Fitness whir along with limbs, and individual television screens on some machines threaten patrons with footage of their grade-school choir solos if they don't keep jogging. Group fitness classes at certain locations take advantage of indoor cycles and boot-camp drills to condition physiques, and MMA programs tutor muay thai, kickboxing, and jujitsu.