In tandem with Real Pilates experienced instructors, published Pilates book author Alycea Ungaro helps students hone strength and flexibility during mat- and machine-based classes. Some of Alycea's clients include established celebrities such as Madonna, Uma Thurman, and Robocop, but her experience as a licensed physical therapist and certified prenatal specialist allow her to coach students of all abilities and fitness levels. Rows of specialized Pilates equipment line the mirrored walls of Real Pilates's airy practice space, where instructors lead various exercise routines to sculpt long, lean physiques that eschew the need for performance-enhancing spinach pills.
As the eldest of five, Thomas G.W. Johnson Jr.?or TJ?learned quickly that people respond differently to the same set of instructions. He internalized that lesson, which now comes through in his personal training services. Working with each guest on their terms, TJ incorporates nutrition, fitness, and motivation into each person's custom regimen, helping them build muscle and shed pounds efficiently and effectively.
Robert Brace—a celebrity personal trainer who's danced as a soloist for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet—may be from London, but he wanted to create a workout perfect for time-crunched New Yorkers who want to see results. And that’s how NYlean25 was born. Today, he and his team challenge clients with 25-minute workouts that incorporate interval training and constantly changing drills to keep bodies engaged. The instructors also help students maintain good form throughout the workout to ensure each exercise's effectiveness. Additional support, such as meal planning, speeds clients toward goals such as losing weight, becoming more toned, and passing the arm-wrestling portion of job interviews.
The trainers encourage their clients to push themselves and make the most of every minute—but they're not afraid to have a little fun, either. In fact, Robert helped comedian Mark Malkoff achieve six-pack abs in 28 days, and he taught the crew at PIX11 how to get fit even while they wore their nice work clothes, instead of the leather pants and corsets most often seen at the gym.
The personal trainers at Tribeca Health & Fitness lead calorie-burning classes and personalized workout regimes inside the pristine three-floor fitness facility outfitted with modern exercise equipment. Nautilus machines and free weights stand ready to help bolster muscle strength, rows of treadmills condition cardiovascular systems, and a fleet of StairMasters sates the human need to endlessly climb stairs. For group sweat sessions, the instructors host Latin-themed Zumba classes, kettlebell exercise sessions, and karate training courses within the bright, stark-white fitness studio. After pumping iron or sweating in fitness classes, patrons can seek out the juice bar, where staff blend nutrient-packed smoothies that replenish lost liquids and nourish tired muscles.
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.
Personal trainers and a nutritional coach work in tandem to help clients reach their peak shape. One-on-one sessions focus on individual fitness goals, such as running a half-marathon or crabwalking a full marathon. Boot-camp classes provide a high-energy workout that sculpts muscles and strengthens cores. Nutritional advice helps overhaul lifestyles for a well-rounded health transformation.