Maspeth Kickboxing crafts results-oriented workouts that push athletes to their limit so they can achieve their fitness goals. Workouts blend cardio vascular, strength, endurance, and flexibility training so clients can lose weight, get toned, and get stronger. In addition, Maspeth Kickboxing offers kids tae kwon do classes aimed at teaching youngsters the basics, while focusing on respect, discipline, and listening skills.
Althea White grew up athletic, honing her physique and competitor's edge in team sports including soccer and lacrosse. When the time came to leave behind her high-school extracurriculars and pursue a college education, she found herself torn between pursuing her passion for fitness and her career choice of orthopedic surgery. Her studies led her to a marriage of the two, and she left school with a degree in movement science. To help others make fitness a priority, she became a personal trainer, picking up a number of other fitness certifications along the way. She eventually stepped away from larger health clubs to start her own business.
Now, as the trainer, owner, and motivational force behind Alpha Omega Fitness, Althea combines elements of weight training, Pilates, yoga, and TRX suspension training into full-body sculpting regimens. She starts each relationship with an in-depth examination of her clients' health history, eating habits, and fitness goals, helping her customize her exercise prescriptions. Then, she and her trainees embark on an aggressive quest to attain those goals through one-on-one training sessions that are more safe and effective than chasing semi-trucks down the highway.
Heavy bags the size of tree trunks hang from the ceiling of Urban Jungle’s indoor workout room. Along with the pull-up bars that stretch across the space like steely vines, they do the gym’s name justice and make for an effective—if sometimes grueling—workout. Brick walls and a spray-painted logo also contribute to the gym’s urban aesthetic, though students hardly have time to reflect on the decor as they advance through a series of pushups, dips, and pull-ups. The team of trainers designs each fitness program with functional muscle movements in mind, and each of their three-week boot-camp challenges draws on up to 1,000 of those dynamic motions to make every aspect of urban life easier, from sprinting after cabs to lifting them over traffic jams.
Trainers also prepare bodies for self-defense with martial-arts classes that extract the practical fitness elements from weapon- or hand-based fighting disciplines. Three different methods of the Atienza Family System—a Filipino martial art—teach students how to deal with multiple attackers, and cardio-kickboxing classes draw on the principles of muay thai kickboxing to strike fear into calories.
The staff at Nova New York knows people often have reasons not to go to the gym—whether it's a need for childcare or a dislike of most gyms' typical offerings—and hopes to eliminate them. Since the studio opened in the spring of 2013, it has become a place for the community to come work out and learn about health. Childcare is available onsite and certified instructors help students find inner balance through exercise classes, continuing education, and children's programming. When students aren't stretching in a Vinyasa fusion yoga class they can shimmy through a salsa dance session or conquer new challenges in a body toning and conditioning class. Boot camp and personal training round out the options for adults, and kids get their own yoga and Zumba classes.
With personal training from Ideal Being, a certified coach treks to clients' homes or local fitness centers to create custom workouts tailored to each individual's fitness goals. The coach also works with clients to develop a nutrition plan that works in tandem with their exercises. Ideal Being also offers its personal-training services to businesses and residential buildings, and it even offers an online personal-training program.
K2 Boxing Club's professional and IBF-rated trainers condition their students for healthy lifestyles and help them develop skills for bouts in the squared circle. They help hone fitness or sparring skills during one-on-one training sessions and group fitness classes, including their boot-camp sessions that merge interval and strength training. During fight-based fitness, guests can either jog while arguing with each other about Plato or participate in MMA classes that dive into the grappling strategies used by UFC fighters. The onsite boxing ring hosts sparring matches, during which any student can improve his or her skills against a real opponent rather than shadow boxers or borrowed art-museum sculptures. But it's not just about the physical skills students learn—the club's friendly family atmosphere aims to shoo away the intimidation factor from classes.