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.
World Gym maintains its 35-year legacy of body-sculpting know-how at its various globe-spanning locations, jump-starting workout routines with cardio equipment, free weights, and more than 50 weekly exercise classes. Taught by certified trainers, classes at this 34,000 square foot facility include yoga, spin, and Zumba to name a few. After running, jumping, lifting, or stretching, exercisers can retire to saunas that vaporize stress with misty heat. A colorful, carpeted childcare center entertains youngsters as parents submit backs to certified massage therapists who wrestle tension out of muscles, and plenty of on-site parking is available.
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.
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.
Helmed by owners with professional dance experience, Pilates Shop/Yoga Garage forges steely abdominals and razor-sharp focus with intimately sized Pilates sessions. The 55-minute classes give instructors a venue for conducting kinesthetic symphonies of harmoniously arching sinews. Small groups of no more than five students work through a choreographed regimen that includes mat work, reformers, and learning the perfect sweater-folding technique. Instructors pay careful attention to each individual, helping hone students’ mastery of the laser-focused concentration and meticulously controlled motions that characterize Pilates. Armed with an understanding of proper form, students can begin to improve their posture and balance and bolster the mental focus needed to solve hieroglyphic crossword puzzles.
NY Loves Yoga is a friendly, neighborhood studio that caters to pliable physiques and buckram bodies alike with a chi-bending spectrum of styles and levels tailored to individual ability. Its experienced and passionate instructors guide students to a nimble nirvana, a state achieved by mollifying the mind and sculpting the body. In addition to drop-in classes, NY Loves Yoga provides workshops designed to further elasticize experts or introduce beginners to basic poses and yogic principles. Outside the studio, showcase flexibility and Zen-like focus by elbowing free plays from the jukebox while standing on one leg in an advanced warrior pose.