Certified strength-and-conditioning specialist Michael J. Derecola puts athletes through the paces at Strides of CNY. In addition to compiling training regimens for NHL players Rob Schremp, Michael Brown, and Dan Collins, Michael currently coaches the Le Moyne College women's soccer, lacrosse, softball, and basketball teams, drawing from several schools of speed and strength training to bolster team performance. His staff assists supervised youth and high-school clients as well as college and professional competitors, combining coaching expertise with innovative gym equipment, varied drills, and congratulatory Gatorade showers. Beyond sports-performance training, Strides also leads fitness classes, boot camps, and cardio programs such as high-speed boxing and kickboxing sessions, all supplemented by detailed nutritional guidance.
Awarded Best Martial Arts School in the Family Times' 2012 Besties Awards, Five Star Martial Arts teaches kids and parents alike the rapid-fire movements of martial arts. During youth programs, students aged 4 and older build stamina, dexterity, and intelligence through disciplined instruction at the hands of seasoned masters. Alongside typical belt rankings, badges and stars reward younger students as they master flurries of kicks and punches. Adult students find their own fitness rewards during cardio kickboxing, which blends an international potpourri of martial arts moves with calisthenic and aerobic foundations to form an explosive full-body workout that targets and tones major muscle groups across the body.
Trainers pair their fitness expertise with motivational attitudes, working one on one with students to help them on their path towards achieving personal wellness goals. Classes unfold within Five Star Martial Arts' recently expanded studio. There, new equipment and installations including a Tumbl Trak, a massive foam pit, and a collection of polyplus climbing ropes help trainers add complex gymnastics-inspired exercises to their already sizable arsenal of workouts.
Fitness & Dance hosts a series of centering classes such as Pilates Mat, an odyssey of core and back workouts alongside coordination exercises. During the Vinyasa-flow yoga class, firm postures and steady breaths form bridges between the domains of body and spirit. A Fusion class injects bursts of cardiovascular exertion, such as lightning rounds of Duck, Duck, Goose, into Pilates and yoga regimens in order to set calories aflame. Club-toting linksmen aim to improve their games with a Golf Conditioning class that applies the core tenets of Pilates, yoga, and axe combat to golf swings. Groupon holders can mix and match classes from the schedule or delve into one or two disciplines. Head to the website's class-descriptions section for information on required gear.
Within Champions Fitness Center's Brooklyn headquarters, students learn that the quickest path to fitness often lies along the path of a well-thrown punch. There, trainers with 35 years of combined experience teach kids (age 4 and up) and adults alike the tactics of a trio of martial arts, leading classes in boxing's uppercuts, kickboxing's roundhouses, and MMA's grappling strikes. It's not all punches and kicks, though. Licensed & Accredited by American Council of Exercise and the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the center hosts boot-camp-style cardiovascular fitness classes and one-on-one personal training sessions that torch calories while simultaneously boosting strength, agility, and self-confidence. The center also offers yoga, strength and conditioning classes, and TRX suspension training.