Bikram Choudhury arrived in America in 1972, bearing a series of 26 poses that he was able to prove promote healing within the labs of University of Tokyo Hospital. Within a room of up to 105 degrees, he performed postures that stretched soft tissues, awakened joints, and set off floods of detoxifying sweat. This style caught on and eventually washed over American yogis like a heat wave, ultimately leading to the opening of Bikram Yoga Bayport.
Within the studio, instructors host 24 classes a week. They tailor certain classes for beginner through advanced students, offering pose modifications to suit each student’s current skill level. The intense exercises can improve blood circulation and lung capacity, restore joint pliability, and impart the skills necessary to sneak up on your own toes by surprise.
Between Om Shanti Om Yoga Center’s saffron-colored walls, eight gentle-voiced instructors guide students into meditative poses. They flow through a variety of positions, each designed to open up muscles while quieting the mind. The instructors have diverse backgrounds, which include degrees in math, doctoral degrees, and 30-year competitive-running careers. To introduce new students to the practice, Om Shanti Om offers a basics package, which includes beginners-only classes twice a week. There are also discounted rates available on more-advanced classes to encourage newcomers to test the waters of 75- or 90-minute classes, which involve finding the area under the curve of your back during each pose.
InMotion's indoor cycling studio hums with upbeat energy, energizing music, and the low churn of state-of-the-art stationary cycles. The certified instructors and cyclists, which include former swimmers and current runners, draw on their athletic strengths to lead students through challenging spinning workouts. A unique playlist of motivating and up-tempo music powers students through intervals and sprints, as digital landscapes play across two screens, giving riders the sense that they're cycling down a country road or through a black-and-white zombie apocalypse. Each FreeMotion bike's cadence, power, and heart-rate monitor keeps track of rider progress and stats, all of which can be downloaded onto a USB drive and analyzed at home.
Known simply at The Plex, Long Island Sportsplex offers 18,500 square feet of family fun year-round. The facility eliminates the possibility of rain delays with a smattering of indoor lacrosse and soccer fields and basketball and volleyball courts. Youth football leagues teach kids basic football skills, and adults take the field for games of flag football. Games of pickle ball and field hockey also abound inside The Plex. During warmer months, families can hit golf balls over bridges, alongside creeks, and bypass black holes on the outdoor mini-golf course.
Fluid Power Fitness owner and instructor Cathleen Deutscher has plenty of experience with the way dance shapes the human body. A professional dancer herself and a student of one of Joseph Pilates’s protégés, she has developed an efficient workout method that fuses dance, yoga, and strength training. Each barre method class is designed to burn fat, improve flexibility, and restore the body to a more youthful state.
Brick Fit House is a place to focus. There's no loud music, and owner Keith describes the gym as "no-frills." What exercisers do find there, however, are experienced personal trainers and lots of equipment—rarely with any wait, says Keith—that beckon gym members to work independently.