Director Patrick Hanratty chose to study under hot-yoga master Bikram Choudhury after becoming captivated by the technique. He has since taught yoga for seven years, and derives the most happiness from witnessing his clients finding themselves surprised by the Bikram style's visible benefits. Patrick welcomes students of all experience levels to Hot Yoga Massapequa, where he cultivates an encouraging setting in which classes run seven days a week. During each session, guests transition from one Bikram pose to the next, following a specific sequence that utilizes every major muscle group. While the heat draws out toxins through sweat, the technique's therapeutic element inspires patrons to let go of stress and chronic aches sustained from sleeping in a giant pretzel mold.
Members of Synergy Fitness Clubs thrive on choice. Choice of location? There are nine. Choice of activity? Instructors lead classes in almost any form of exercise imaginable, such as power sculpt, full-body circuits, and intense cycling. To make sure that members are making the choices that will help reach their fitness goals the fastest, the clubs are staffed with more than 100 lifestyle coaches. These pros are continually educated in their fields of specialty—which might mean nutrition counseling, yoga, or boxing.
A wide slate of equipment and amenities makes it as easy as possible to fit in workouts. Most locations are open 24 hours, and while parents lift free weights or dance a beautiful tango with a Precor elliptical, their kids can hang out in a free childcare room.
Nicole Tzen, Inner Balance’s owner and a certified holistic practitioner, wants to do more than treat illness; she strives to empower clients to take control of their own health. That’s why, in addition to offering integrative-healing services such as massage therapy, acupressure, and reiki healing, she hosts a range of yoga classes to bolster clients’ fitness. This balance between mind, body, and spirit is also seen in the wellness center’s Peaceful Minds program, in which licensed holistic practitioner Amy Mahoney provides free massage therapy, reiki healing, and yoga and meditation instruction for combat veterans.
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.
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.
The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
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.