East Coast Fitness’s 20,000 square feet house separate rooms for martial arts, spinning, group workouts, massages, and general exercise. On the main floor, strength-training machines, cardio machines, and free weights occupy separate areas, with additional room sectioned off for stability ball exercise and a herd of eight punching bags. Certified trainers and instructors also lead more than 15 classes that range from spinning and Pilates to yoga, kickboxing, agility training, and Zumba. In the lobby, a juice bar refreshes hungry athletes and a separate room offers free childcare.
Though the Fitness Factory’s classes, weight-loss center, and personal trainers embody the efficiency that the gym’s name suggests, its commitment to personalizing the gym-going experience diverges from the idea of a factory. Each of the three upscale locations—outfitted with unique amenities—is designed specifically for different types of exercisers. In Palisades Park, the building’s three floors embody various disciplines: the first floor teaches endurance, the second floor's concentration is sports performance, and the third floor focuses on strength training. The Rockaway spot blends exercise and entertainment with a cinema room that projects the latest blockbusters on a true silver screen as members hit the treadmills. Edgewater builds communities and core strength with Pilates reformer classes, hot-yoga studios, and rooftop yoga sessions where guests can salute the sun and shame lazy clouds. No matter the location, each gym pampers members with saunas, babysitting services in a toy-filled playroom, and a smoothie bar stocked with healthy postworkout snacks designed to help build muscle.
Jonathan Aragon is certified in personal training and Spartan Group X. Interested in health and fitness since he was 11, Aragon draws from years of experience and training to empower the minds and bodies of his clients and promote healthy living. His classes include boxing, kickboxing, and preparation for the Spartan races. He also provides personal training as well as weight-loss and fitness challenges.
When people think of a boot-camp instructor, the image of a whistle-wielding drill sergeant often comes to mind. Nicole Cea McDermott shatters this stereotype with one graceful swing of a kettlebell. The owner of Healthy Balance NYC and a veteran dancer, McDermott's gentle, dedicated approach to exercise trades intimidating barks for individual attention and a sense of humor that sets even the most stoic medicine ball at ease. Participants set monthly goals for themselves and then build their strength and endurance during sessions including coed boot camps, women-only early-bird boot camps, and Saturday-morning boot camps set at picturesque Riverside Park.
Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
Serious Strength founder and owner Fredrick Hahn helms a squad of experienced instructors who run sweat-free Slow Burn workouts that eschew aerobics for gentle, glacial motion. During a one-hour fitness consultation, one of Serious Strength's body sculptors guides clients through an introductory workout session and conducts a body-composition analysis to ensure that fitness seekers possess the requisite amount of coal to fuel the heart during future workouts. A standard 30-minute Slow Burn session may focus on fighting flab throughout the body or in a specific area, such as the abdominals or legs. The low-impact workouts help clients avoid the injuries that can derail more intense training routines, such as high-kicking coconuts off of the trainer's head. Frames drop pounds and gain tone through measured weightlifting and movement on machines such as the Reformer, all while maintaining steady breathing.