At Mantra Personal Fitness, clients sweat through energetic Zumba sessions set to upbeat tunes. Instructors also lead groups through a series of flowing poses in serene yoga classes and teach clients to shake their hips with gusto in belly-dancing lessons.
The Fit Factory aims to combine the act of getting in shape with a bit a personal entertainment, teaching dance steps during Zumba, self-defense in kickboxing, and self-expression through pole dancing. Instructors hold classes up to seven days a week, spicing up their selection with both yoga and Pilates. Outside of regularly scheduled sessions, they hold private pole parties for groups of ladies seeking a healthy night out.
Take a look around the gym at Gaglione Strength and you might spot college football players, wrestlers, and MMA fighters, all of whom turn to trainer John Gaglione for their coaching. As a sports performance specialist, John has been featured in many major publications such as Men’s Health, and is a featured strength-and-conditioning writer for the Long Island Wrestling Association. During workouts, he uses a hybrid style of coaching, often incorporating unconventional equipment ranging from ropes and resistance bands to kettlebells and chains to help athletes perform at their best. He fuses these into a variety of different programs, including elite wrestling development, sports performance, offseason and in-season training, power, speed, and movement training, injury prevention, and general fitness training.
World Gym maintains its 25-year legacy of body-sculpting know-how at its West Babylon location, jump-starting workout routines with cardio equipment, free weights, and an expert staff of personal trainers. After running, jumping, lifting, or stretching, exercisers can linger at the smoothie bar to slurp up chilled energy before retiring to the locker rooms and hitting the showers. Beyond the fitness equipment, members can make use of the gym's other amenities, including tanning services and chiropractors who wrestle tension out of knotted muscles.
Always-At-Aum Yoga School helps both aspiring instructors and recreational sun saluters hone their mind-body practice, offering 200-hour certification programs and a robust schedule of drop-in classes. Owner and yogi educator Robin Appel utilizes certifications in Pilates, restorative yoga, youth fitness, and reiki as she and her experienced staff promote healthy living with a diverse collection of class styles, including kids yoga, hot Vinyasa, and yoga for athletes. For more personalized attention, students can arrange for an in-class private session, during which a second instructor provides hands-on guidance as the rest of the class follows the regular regimen. Teachers-in-training can pursue their own certifications with in-depth instruction, delving into such topics as injury management, human anatomy, and using one’s third eye to watch for falling pianos.
The walls inside Total Body Boot Camp’s sprawling gym are covered in motivating quotations. Most of the motivation here, however, comes from the team of expert instructors, who lead guests of all fitness levels through intense boot-camp classes. During the group training classes, each student can make use of the gym’s array of equipment, such as sandbags, kettlebells, and training ropes, for a holistic workout for the body.
When working out at Retro Fitness, clients may feel a pang of nostalgia along with the usual burn that accompanies cardio and strength workouts. Movies from the 1980s play to an audience of exercisers in cardio theaters within the expansive gyms, which make room elsewhere for Zumba, bootcamp, toning, yoga, and cardio classes. In other areas of the gym, professional trainers help clients work out efficiently and old-timey strongmen lift medicine balls to general applause.