For 15 years, Sky Athletic Club has shepherded members to physical fitness inside a 20,000-square-foot workout sanctuary free from muscle-obsessed fanatics or intimidating drill sergeants. The gym's mission of accessible-to-all fitness earned it the 2011 Best Boot Camp on Long Island award from the Long Island Press. More than 40 certified personal trainers coach members on two floors of studios and exercise equipment, and visitors from across the age and ability spectrum scout through a schedule of more than 100 classes per week.
A ladies-only area accommodates feminine frames with a weight room and floor space for mat work, and an extensive Pilates program perches members aboard Reformer machines that get cores more tightly wound than a stressed-out slinky in a private studio. Patrons augment their weight-hoisting routines with pampering spa services, getting chi realigned by a certified acupuncturist or working out tension with a chair massage. Complimentary childcare and free steamy beverages from the lounge and café evince the club's hospitable mission.
SPORTSET Health and Fitness Club boasts 45,000 square feet of athletic facilities, where clients work out in more than 40 group fitness classes, hit the 360 cycle studio, racquetball court, or tip off in a game of half-court basketball. After a work out, fitness enthusiasts can relax in the steam room, take advantage of the Wifi, or visit the Complete Care Physical Therapy or the Sports Performance Group units. Sportset Kids and the Senior Wellness Program make the Club fitting for all ages in the family. The latter is Long Island's leading senior wellness program, providing fitness rehabilitation for the 60-plus crowd. With state-of-the-art weight resistance and cardiovascular areas, clients can lead themselves through workout routines, or opt into one of the club's fitness coaching classes including Sportset Skinny, featured in Shape Magazine.
For more than a decade, the classes at HotYoga4You Rockville Centre have helped practitioners stretch out over the course of 90 minutes. But, in the fast-paced world of yoga instruction, tradition is secondary to innovation. Responding to the popular demands of their students, the center's instructors now offer a brand-new 60-minute version of their signature class. The hour-long classes include the same poses and breathing as their 90-minute counterparts. By shaving off the excess 30 minutes, instructors save their students some precious time, which they can then use for important business such as picking the kids up from soccer practice or building a scale replica of the soccer stadium out of old game programs.
The experienced spinning instructors at 360 Cycle Studio welcome all levels of fitness seekers to a 1,000-square-foot indoor cycling facility. After climbing atop RealRyder bikes that sway to whichever side riders part their hair, pedalers pump their legs while an energizing soundtrack pours out of a 1,400-watt sound system. Each 60-minute class encompasses different challenges, such as the 360 Power class, designed to build strength and tone muscle, and the 360 Intensity class, which alternates between pushing maximum heart rate and recovery work. Participants can secure class spots through the online schedule, or by writing letters to their future selves.
Led by Jude Massillon, a Level 3 coach of USA Track and Field and trusted counselor to Olympians and NFL players, Sports Performance Group takes a scientific approach to improving athletic performance. In a little over an hour, a biomechanical evaluation that features a kinetic-chain point assessment helps trainers identify any issues with athletes' natural body motions or senses of balance. Coaches then draw up workouts based on both the results of the evaluation and the trainee's primary sport, so lacrosse players work on speed and agility and runners work on not tying their shoelaces to battleship anchors. Each training session lasts an hour and starts with a flexibility warm-up before revving up to speed training and plyometrics.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.