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.
Some people call Kevin Ensenat a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Others call him a level 2 A.R.T. provider. But perhaps the most important title is simply "coach." In that capacity, he privately coached New York Giants players Kevin Boothe and Chris Snee to prep for their Super Bowl championship. He guided college athletes through injury recovery, healing ACL tears and opening the door for continuing athletic careers. He did it all through personal training and group classes at his own indoor exercise studio, K-Strength Sports Training.
Joined by ACE-certified personal trainer Dan Hennessey, Kevin runs three distinct boot camps, two geared toward maximizing athletic prowess with progressive strength and agility training, and one designed to help women lose weight. The team of two also conducts one-on-one lessons and personal-training sessions for dedicated players seeking to target specific aspects of their game, such as tackling for defensive backs or lifting football players one by one off a dogpile for referees.
The Fitathlon Challenge blends the format and philosophy of decathlons and triathlons with the accessibility of a 5K. Great for all fitness levels, the event divides participants into four categories—Newbie, Beginner, Challenger, and Competitor. Separated into waves, runners move through a course fraught with obstacles designed to test strength, endurance, athleticism, and mental toughness. These obstacles include tire flips, wall climbs, and hill sprints that leave bodies sweaty and fatigued and minds feelings as confused as a fish in a geology class. Those competing in the Competitor division are eligible for cash and prizes awarded to the top three finishers in the male and female groups. A portion of all proceeds goes to benefit a local charity.
Relaxing and working out don't usually go hand-in-hand, but things aren't usual at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers. As soon as visitors set foot in the Mind Body Studio, they're set at ease by a modern lounge area, which boasts sleek bamboo floors, exposed brick walls, and sprigs of verdant plants. Inside the workout space, classes such as yoga and the barre method emphasize the mind-body connection. The Nalini Method classes also push students toward inner harmony with a combination of Pilates, aerobics, barre work, and yoga, helping students de-stress while toning limbs and burning calories without ever tossing any cheesecakes into open flames.
Grit 'N Wit is more than just a three-mile obstacle course?it's also a test of intellectual stamina. Along with climbing walls, monkey bars, and other physical tests, the race challenges runners with puzzles that, when solved, provide advantages down the road. At race's end, not only will participants come away with the satisfaction of using their brains and muscles at the same time, they'll also receive a Grit 'N Wit t-shirt and a complimentary beer from Half Full Brewery. Proceeds from the race benefit Friend of Jaclyn, an organization dedicated to helping children with pediatric brain tumors and their families.