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.
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.
The coaches of D1 Speed Academy work with middle- and high-school athletes on generalized and sport-specific exercises to help them build strength and stamina. They offer a variety of programs that work on core strength and agility to help budding athletes in whichever sport they choose, from basketball to softball to Koosh ball tennis.
The spin studio might look the same every time, but nothing about your ride will feel the same from one Road Warrior Ride to the next. The indoor cycling class tackles different simulated terrains and conditions every class: challenging hills, forceful headwinds, rocky paths. Cyclists embark on the ride a few times a week at Vigorous Fitness Clubs, which also holds other cycling and fitness classes. For a slower pace, exercisers can try Hatha yoga—or keep moving quickly with Zumba or Vigorous Vinyasa sessions.
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.
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.