There's a ritual to the boot-camp sessions that nationally certified personal trainer Mike Salvietti leads online six days a week. After spending about 10 minutes running through warm-ups to increase joint mobility, participants plow through up to 30 minutes of metabolic resistance training. Each 45- to 55-minute session wraps up with thorough stretching to minimize soreness and recovery time. The exercises work quickly, reducing body fat, toning muscles, and speeding up metabolism in as little as six sessions spread over two weeks. They're easy to jump into, too; boot-campers only need to bring running shoes, water, and a towel they can twist around their head and spin like a helicopter.
Inside Vivo Health Fitness at ProHealth, an array of treadmills, bikes, and Precor ellipticals seem to urge pedals onward to the sun and greenery just outside floor-to-ceiling windows. Also basking in the natural brightness is a staff of nationally certified personal trainers whose expertise—along with computerized planning from the Fitlinxx online system—governs routines aboard strength and cardio machines. The spacious gym accommodates a wide range of workout plans, scheduling more than 50 group classes per week in specialized studios for Zumba, yoga, and cycling. A family-friendly atmosphere allows members to indulge in acupuncture at the onsite wellness spa while their youngsters emulate their parents by poking each other's backs with toys or checkbooks in the free children's nursery.
Healthy habits are forged during childhood. That's the central philosophy behind Better Kids Bootcamp, whose trainers take a three-prong approach to helping kids lose weight and stay in shape for years to come. Head trainer ?a graduate of the physical education program at Queens College?and his fellow fitness experts lead one-hour workouts that incorporate fat-burning heart rates, an emphasis on coordination and motor skills, and a building of healthy habits, including making better eating choices. Just like in a science lab, there's also a not-so-secret fourth element: fun. The trainers want kids to enjoy their workout sessions, so that they look forward to each and every visit.
ou don't have to be an Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter to train like one at UFC Gym. That's because instructors at the fitness haven teach the training techniques and mixed martial arts of the UFC during a wealth of classes and personal training sessions. Members can learn kicks, punches, and jabs during cardio box and combat challenge classes, and build formidable abs in Killer Core. In doing so, they'll develop the strength, muscle tone, and endurance to finally outrun the neighborhood bull.
Trainer John Beneduce channels his athletic ability into CrossFit, a high-intensity, functional workout that he customizes for all ages and fitness levels. He and his wife opened CrossFit Bayside to offer an effective alternative to standard gyms.
?The way we do it at CrossFit Bayside is pretty much the total opposite of how a traditional gym would work,? John said. Rather than coming in to use equipment solo, members attend a packed schedule of one-hour sessions, which all begin with a warm-up before everyone spends about 15 minutes mastering new techniques. Once they can safely and effectively do the workout, students get to work, hoisting medicine balls, swinging kettlebells, climbing ropes, and dead-lifting weights. The workouts change each day, and John usually waits about three months before repeating one. As groups cool down, John leads a discussion on a health-related topic, ranging from nutritional information to how to keep a fitness journal without making your diary jealous.
?We really care about our members,? John said. ?My wife and I run it together as a family business.? He added that the members themselves uphold the gym's mission, warmly welcoming new members and throwing themselves fully into each workout. ?There?s no negative energy at my gym,? he said.
“Pain is temporary,” said seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. “ … If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” Staying true to this inspirational quote, the instructors at Cycle Revolutions—which features the mantra on its website—maintain that spinning is more than just an aerobic fitness regimen but also an opportunity to push yourself beyond perceived limits. Although they encourage intensity, the coaches strive to create a friendly, motivational environment where participants can cultivate camaraderie without feeling intimidated. To ensure this, they adapt their sessions to fit all fitness levels and allow each rider to control how fast and hard they pedal.
Once class begins, students adjust the settings of their stationary bikes before the instructor at the front of the room leads them through a simulated course with turns, hills, or long straightaways. Depending on the class, teachers may focus on endurance, strength, or power. Sometimes they also incorporate techniques from different forms of exercise, such as yoga, or further motivate students by having them outrun the studio’s stationary bear.