A lot of people like to have a one-on-one with a trainer before embarking on a new fitness regimen. But at First Class Fitness, visitors have the option of meeting with a veteran exercise physiologist, who will issue a fitness evaluation and a comprehensive health screening in order to draft a unique, custom-tailored training program. What follows in the cozy, earth-toned gym might vary from person to person: instructors hold boot camp and circuit classes, and personal trainers provide focused attention to help clients reach specific goals. Other guests might opt to work out independently by lifting weights in the carpeted equipment room or by taping toy cars to their feet and gliding on the hardwood floor of the stretching studio. The one thing that is consistent, however, is the inviting atmosphere, which welcomes guests of all ages and from all walks of life.
Lead by certified kickboxing instructor, holistic health coach, and owner, Chrissy Finley, Evolution Kickboxing works out full physiques with challenging 60-minute no-contact kickboxing classes designed for beginners as well as advanced students. During those fun-focused classes that burn up to 850 calories per session, Finley and her team inspire groups to pummel heavy bags, shadowbox, practice calisthenics, and master boxing basics and techniques. They also offer tae kwon do, tang soo do, and wing chun kung fu martial-arts classes, which focus on fitness as well as self-discipline, respect, and self-defense.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
"We give kids the confidence to protect themselves." These eight words sum up the motto for MartialArtsProgramsforkids.com as well as the mission of their curriculum. At a wealth of locations along the East Coast, youngsters learn confidence, discipline, and respect as they boost skills in a variety of disciplines, including jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts. The skills learned in these lessons can also help them defend themselves in the face of bullies and family cats that won't share the remote control.
FIT4MOM helps women stay in shape throughout their pregnancies and into motherhood. The Fit4Baby class strengthens muscles while reducing traditional pregnancy aches and pains. Stroller Strides welcomes moms to push their babies in buggies while they power walk and strength train, a much more effective workout than repeatedly lifting a diaper bag full of bricks. FIT4MOM’s instructors also lead barre-inspired classes and 5K training.
Renzo Gracie Rockland's head teacher, Omar Jimenez, has more than a decade of experience leading students and instructors in the art of self-defense and fitness, and his spacious academy has turned out champions on the jiu-jitsu fighting circuit. Each mixed-martial-arts class teaches students a variety of full-contact fighting techniques and skills, combining strategies from muay thai, kickboxing, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.