Rhonda Carol has spent a lifetime marrying fitness and self-expression into a single discipline. She studied the art of motion at Laban’s dance conservatory in London before honing her craft with New York masters including Wilhelm Burman and Phil Black. She augmented her training with professional experience, appearing in and directing off-Broadway shows penned by the likes of Ibsen, Pinter, and Sophocles. But, even while tapping into her inner artistry, she never let her fitness suffer, earning certifications as a fitness trainer, Pilates instructor, and wellness coach. Rhonda’s unique blend of experiences combined within her to form a formula for fun, expressive exercise, which she now shares with students through Calliope Fitness & Arts.
Aided by a team of other instructors and choreographers, Rhonda conducts classes that range from yoga and dance training to intense interval conditioning. Her center also hosts and runs the Nassau Radiologic Group's wellness program for cancer survivors. The sprawling, classroom facility overlooks the water, a soothing sight as students sweat profusely in order to continuously replenish the ocean below.
The instructors at MC Dance & Fitness understand that exercise takes effort. That's why they've endeavored to fill their dance-fitness classes with the motivating power of rhythm and music. Zumba classes spice heels with Latin-flavored beats, and two levels of dance-fusion classes propel students through calorie-roasting dance routines from all corners of the world. Power Vinyasa-flow yoga classes slow things down, fostering deeper mind-body connections as instructors guide students through a series of challenging poses and breathing exercises.
ZumBrazil’s experienced instructors lead dancers through 45–55 minutes of choreographed cardio designed to eradicate calories and keep boredom at bay. Latin tunes lead hips into a trance in the current individualized Zumba classes, including a women-only workout typically offered every day at 10 a.m., and ZumbAtomic courses, kid-friendly introduction to calypso and particle physics. Zoanee classes teach bellies to boogie independently of bodies, and salsa courses draw from Afro-Cuban traditions to promote body betterment. The 60-minute kettlebell course burns fat and sculpts bodies with a combination of strength and cardiovascular work. To keep in step with your schedule, ZumBrazil offers rhythm instruction seven days a week, with classes starting as early as 9 a.m. and as late as 8:30 p.m.
Over the course of a millennium and a half, the tradition of Shaolin Kung Fu has sojourned from the foot of Shaoshi Mountain to modern-day New York. The mindful martial art?equal parts meditation and physical training?crossed the ocean with Shi Guolin, a 34th-generation master of the art. He left his position as head coach at a Shaolin school in China to come to the States in 1992. Since opening his first school in New York, he founded four more branches in locations ranging from Port Washington to Flushing.
At each of these outposts, students can learn Shaolin kung-fu?a discipline that grew out of buddhism; traditional kung fu, which focuses more on physical stamina and strength; and Qigong, a form of wellness-building similar to yoga, developed in Shaolin monasteries. Even people who have never stepped foot in a dojo or formed an opinion about who would win in a fight between Bruce Lee and Kung Fu Panda can feel at home here. Trainers start at the beginning, and ease students in by practicing basic forms. They slowly introduce more techniques, weapon forms, and meditations into the training, all while transforming neophytes into steel-cut martial artists.
Christina Lagrega's merry-go-round of advertising and public relations jobs wasn't cutting it; she wanted a job that would make her smile. When she discovered Zumba via a late-night infomercial, she found a class the very next day. She was instantly enamored with the fitness styles' high-energy atmosphere; it blended something she'd loved and lost from her childhood?dance?with community and exercise. She quickly achieved her teacher's certification, and decided to take her devotion to the Latin-inspired fitness regimen one step further in May of 2012 by opening reMIX fitness & wellness. Here, she helps whip people into shape with her infectious passion for dance, exercise, and leading a healthy lifestyle.
Now, joined by six other instructors, she expands her class offerings beyond Zumba into the realm of other signature programs, including Piloxing, yoga, and barre. Instructors also lead sessions of Bokwa, which draws from South African war dancing and capoeira to form a fusion of fitness and dance, much like bench-pressing a square dancer.
After his stint in the Marine Corps, E Physique Personal Training Studio?s owner Eddy transformed how he viewed fitness?he began to see it as a way of life rather than a mere hobby. ?In the Marines,? he explains on his website, ?I learned that body and mind are connected. If you have a strong body you can accomplish so much more.? Fueled by this belief that a healthy body is the bedrock of physical and mental well-being, Eddy puts his military and personal-training background to use helping others create realistic fitness goals during boot camps and one-on-one sessions within an encouraging gym environment. About-facing from the impersonal approach he encountered working at other gyms, he focuses more on measurable improvement and customer satisfaction than upon sales stats and the number of Dolph Lundgren look-alikes he can enlist.