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.
At Cycle Evolution, fitness instructors lead groups during high-energy sessions aboard RealRyder indoor cycling bikes. Equipped with CoreBalance technology, RealRyder bikes tilt, turn, and lean in the same fashion as actual bikes, enabling users to ride fluidly in three dimensions. The dynamic and functional movements performed on the RealRyder bike throughout a session emphasize the activation of essential core muscles, especially, but the rest of the body receives a challenging workout, as well.
Most gyms have designated spaces for weight- and cardio-based workouts. East Islip Health & Fitness does those gyms one better, with yet another area committed entirely to abs. Such specialization is the norm at the gym, where equipment from Cybex, Life Fitness, and Magnum accommodates nearly any fitness goal. Group classes range from Zumba to strength-focused sessions of Pump It Up, and certified trainers are also on hand, helping clients plan workouts after a five-step evaluation process. Group-based Synrgy 360 classes meld cardiovascular, strength, power, and agility in high-intensity workouts led by nationally-certified trainers.
Though Body FX boasts all the amenities found in larger gyms—such as cardio machines, strength-training equipment, workout studios, and a carrot tied to a stick—its staff of certified fitness professionals is the thing that sets it apart. Trainers collectively flaunt certifications in Zumba, TRX suspension training, and speed training. The trainers meet with each client individually to develop an exercise and nutrition program that best suits his or her fitness goals. Within large, airy studios, instructors lead personal-training sessions and boot camps to sculpt silhouettes quickly, as well as aerobic classes such as Zumba, Body Sculpt, and TRX suspension training.
Essence of Yoga Studio feels like a sacred space. Amid its polished honey-colored floors and warm, earth-toned walls, certified instructors teach Hatha and Vinyasa-flow yoga to students of all skill levels. Believing that the mind is just as important as the body, the instructors help students gain strength and flexibility in an atmosphere of support and acceptance.
A ringleader at Venice California’s Muscle Beach, Joe Gold founded World Gym in 1976, creating what would become an iconic spot for Hollywood’s brawniest bunch, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno. Today, that gym is a worldwide franchise spanning more than a dozen countries. World Gym in Ronkonkoma comes with all the perks clients have come to expect from the franchise, including a free-weight room stacked with dumbbells, barbells, and plenty of plates. Cardio addicts can head to one of several group classes, such as spotlight cycle, which utilizes stationary bikes for heart-racing, indoor exercise. After a workout, exercisers can grab a towel and a snack or re-energize with a drink from the juice bar.