Swedes are renowned around the world for their beauty, a quality that can be attributed in part to their punishing workout regimens. Though there are no polar bears to bench press in New York City, the trainers at Swedish Challenge NYC make use of what they do have—temperate weather and a scenic skyline—to design effective workouts. Their four-week boot camps incorporate a variety of boxing, CrossFit, and plyometrics exercises to sculpt muscles and improve stamina. Most of their workouts are held in outdoor locations, and all of them are scalable to various levels of fitness.
With a name meaning "empty mind," Mushin Mixed Martial Arts takes a zen approach to training protégés in the foundations and advanced techniques of MMA and kickboxing. Skilled instructors, many of who are professional fighters, drill students in both samurai-level discipline and scrunchie-level flexibility as they teach striking, grappling, mixed-martial-arts foundations, and multidisciplinary athletic conditioning. In rigorous classes, coaches aim to hone physical fitness, concentration, and mental functioning in students of all ages and ability levels. Mushin Mixed Martial Arts keeps its class sizes small and conducts private and semiprivate sessions, allowing instructors to bestow individual attention and ensure students don't have to spar with their doppelgangers.
A second-degree black belt and international competitor in Olympic Tae Kwon Do, Adam Daredia has spent years thinking about the most effective ways to get in shape. His method combines elements of martial arts, strength training, and cardiovascular exercises to help clients get fit. In addition to personal training sessions, Daredia offers a series of classes called specialties aimed at achieving specific goals including weight loss, core strengthening, and sports training.
Most fitness centers house treadmills, free weights, and studios with fitness classes—but The SWEAT Party is different. Instead of relying on that same familiar set-up, the establishment (which grew directly from the dance club scene) draws DJs, eclectic fitness trainers, and cutting-edge choreographers to its classes. There, each session or party leads revelers in pulse-pounding workouts focused on fun, wellness, and not stepping on fellow students' feet. SWEAT also hosts a quarterly SWEAT party which incorporates a power hour, dance party, and Wellness Lounge where participants can head for massages, facials, blood pressure screenings, and anonymous HIV testing.
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.
NASM-certified personal trainer Will believes the key to a rewarding workout is trusting your trainer. Why should exercisers trust WRKNYC? Well, to list a few accolades, their master trainers have competed in events such as the New York City Marathon, LI Marathon, Yonkers Marathon, Urbanathlon, Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, and Civilian Military Combine. The trainers put it all together at WRKNYC, where groups are tested in classes that blend fitness disciplines from boxing, crossfit, yoga concepts, and TRX.