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.
Finding your passion in life can be a journey, a lesson Bonda Yoga co-owner Alexandra Marks learned as she took a six-year trek from the world of marketing and communications into the world of yoga. The odyssey ended with her opening Bonda Yoga, a boutique, two-room studio boasting a full schedule of yoga classes for beginner to advanced students. Along the way, Alexandra joined forces with co-owner Laurie Ahlemann to combine their passions and yoga studios. Now, the yogic duo and 17 other instructors, most of whom have taught all over the world, help to reenergize clients with Vinyasa, prenatal, and restorative yoga classes as well as meditation, reiki circle sessions, and massage therapy. Youngsters can even join in the bending and stretching fun as they touch their toes and practice poses that resemble their favorite geometric shapes during noncompetitive kids' yoga classes.
While kiddies stretch, parents can peruse Bonda Yoga’s boutique retail area brimming with essential oils, yoga clothing, and Jade yoga mats. Free mat storage is available, as well as rentals for students who left their towels or third chakra at home.
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.
For the trainers of Sage Exclusive Fitness Center, the only limits are personal limits. They push clients anywhere on the trained athlete-to-couch potato spectrum past those self-imposed barriers on a daily basis. The Sage team can bring their motivating workouts to clients’ doorsteps with at-home personal training, or host group sessions at their scenic and modern waterfront studio. Every inch of space in their studio is a temple for physical fitness: a boot-camp and TRX-suspension training room, weight area, multi-functional rooftop, and wax museum of superhero biceps. On any given day, the staff might use this wellness suite for a battle rope workout or boot camp. The team also includes an onsite nutritionist who presents personalized diet programs, complete with dietary analysis and meal-planning assistance.
The instructors at Harmony Yoga and Fitness of Whitestone regard exercise as an opportunity to achieve mind-body wellness, leading yoga and cardio classes that often deviate from traditional routines. Instructors explore the varied facets of yoga with a multitude of classes, including workshops designed by and for young adults and candlelit sessions that combine relaxation and fire safety. Ballet and Pilates instruction stretch muscular potential, and spinning and Zumba workouts deliver fun and fitness with upbeat music and nonstop movement. At times, teachers explore new exercise genres such as Hot Hula Fitness, a variety of dance performed to the tune of Polynesian drum beats, reggae music, and the voices in Bob Marley's head.
Training to the Third Power aims to promote overall health by unifying the mind, body, and soul of each of its students through a variety of exercise classes fusing different disciplines. Knowledgeable and trained instructors lead detoxifying yoga sessions, core-fortifying Pilates classes, a combined Pilates and boxing routiney he, and an acrobatic yoga workout. The studio hosts fitness courses in a heated room for yoga and Pilates, a standard-temperature room for fusion workouts, and a rooftop track for its pelican-racing program.