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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Weary of the fleets of cardio machines that lull muscles with monotonous and often ineffective workouts at many mainstream gyms, a group of personal trainers spearheaded The Fitness Collective's private training facility with their own approach to fitness. At their "non-gym," the certified trainers aid clients in the pursuit of leaner, stronger, and healthier selves during high-intensity cross-training programs and sundry sweat-inducing fitness classes. Their 90-day CXT program challenges patrons with a concentrated blend of cardio, strength, and weight training, quickly transforming physiques without the risk of turning them into half-human-half-fly abominations. Throughout the program, patrons drink up doses of support during fitness consultations and nutrition-counseling sessions, aiding them in overcoming physiological barriers and unhealthy eating habits.
Within the center's brightly lit workout rooms and hardwood-floored training studio, the instructors motivate groups in fitness classes, churning out toned bods and adamantium-solid cores. The trainers also lead wee ones down a path toward healthy lifestyles with kids' martial-arts classes, boosting their confidence, coordination, and jar-opening abilities.