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.
Underwhelmed by half-hour circuit centers and unfriendly vibes in other health clubs, On the Go Fitness owners Jay Fields and James Remien set out to create a state-of-the-art fitness facility where people of any age or physical ability wouldn’t feel intimidated. Customers get a well-rounded workout courtesy of strength-training, cardiovascular, and flexibility-conditioning options, whereas group classes that range from cycling and Pilates to Core Barre and Butt & Gut challenge advanced athletes and beginners alike. Meanwhile, the Kids Fitness program combines fun activities with exercise routines, fighting the lethargy that comes from eating deep-fried video games after playing them.
With a lineup of helpful, certified trainers and a diverse fitness-class selection, Energy Fitness & Wellness is equipped to assist patrons of all shapes and sizes in achieving stronger, healthier bodies. Energy takes pride in building a distinguished personal training program so that those pumping iron solo can enlist their friendly floor advisors for assistance with the machines or to learn new free-weight exercises to vary their routines. For a dose of camaraderie and accountability, patrons can hone their strength, endurance, and flexibility during group classes, such as Pilates, hot yoga, spinning, and Zumba.
Guests at Energy Fitness & Wellness can work out knowing they're giving Mother Nature a break by supporting a facility that runs on solar electric power and radiant heat. Its rooms also boast recycled bamboo flooring and a fresh-air ventilation system. Outdoors, the 3,000-square-foot turf lawn hosts boot-camp classes.
As she guides clients toward achieving their fitness goals, exercise guru Lauren Zummo also immerses them in her own fitness interests. Zummo is the owner of Prana Pilates & Yoga, where she draws from years of experience in movement analysis and a graduate degree in exercise physiology to train groups of no more than six students at a time. She helps them hone core strength in Pilates reformer classes, tone lean muscle in cardio barre classes, and learn poses and breathing techniques in her basic yoga classes.
Natural light dances around the edges of Shanti Cycle's spinning rooms, one located inside Yogaholics and the other inside Gallery 125. The welcoming spaces set the stage for spin classes that elicit a spike in heart rates and help exercisers burn calories.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.