Twenty-six radiant heat panels line the interior of Come Together Yoga Studio, located within Sportset. Those panels distribute heat evenly throughout the space, loosening muscles so students can sink more deeply into restorative poses. Experienced instructors also lead medium-heated and nonheated yoga classes; Strength Vinyasa, Lotus Flow, and Baby & Me yoga are a few options. An advanced air-ventilation system circulates fresh air during all classes, preventing typical gym odors.
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.
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.
World-renowned fighter Tiger Schulmann and his staff of certified instructors motivate jabs from knees, legs, and feet during calorie-blasting kickboxing classes. Schulmann crafted his style with techniques from mixed martial arts and street self-defense, concocting each kick to improve students' strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and the ability to fight back against vigilante soccer teams. The studio's martial-arts mavens also help novice kickers craft a customized diet plan during a nutrition consultation, and more modestly clothe naked fists in a pair of complimentary training gloves. Once students master beginning moves, they can advance to other martial-arts challenges, such as high-kicking their way out of a room made of Jello.
When students kick into one of the heavy bags dangling over Alpha Omega MMA's 20,000-square-foot training facility, they're following the same path trod by the gym's crew of professional and amateur fighters. A quintet of instructors trains clients in everything from the graceful takedowns and joint locks of Brazilian jiujitsu to the devastating short-range knee and elbow strikes of muay thai. They divide class groups up by student expertise, providing a venue for the casual exerciser to seek some conditioning and for aspiring fighters to hone their skills.
In addition to nurturing martial artistry, the staff also bends bodies with yoga and Pilates, restores energy with a full-service juice bar, and immediately puts the calories to good use in spinning classes. Kids leap into the fray with self-defense classes that center around a bullying-prevention curriculum, teaching tykes to stand up for themselves without resorting to violence unless it's absolutely necessary or limited to drop-kicking an imaginary friend into the sun to prove a point.
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.