Gold's Gym's staff of body buffs spice up tedious workouts with an army of fitness amenities, such as cardio equipment and resistance machines, which work together to burn calories and tone muscles. For the human camaraderie necessary for great diary entrees, group fitness classes corral exercisers into sessions that deploy styles such as Pilates, spin, and Zumba. Add variety with an hour of Group Free Motion Sculpt (available at Deer Park only), which bulks strength while boosting balance and endurance, or BodyPump (available at Smithtown and Islip only), which wields weighted devices such as barbells and prized pumpkins to build lean muscle. After workouts raise internal temperatures and spark fears of spontaneous combustion, members cool off with a dip in the Islip location's pool.
Instead of adhering to fad diets and trendy workouts, the exercise physiologist and nutrition experts that create fitness plans at Smithtown Personal Training & Nutrition get back to the basics. With a focus on time-tested approaches to exercise—such as strength training and cardio—their regimens are rooted in medical and scientific research. Sessions are tailored to crush specific goals set by each client, and PTI reaches out to everyone from students starting their first fitness regimens to seniors looking to increase their bone density and reduce their cholesterol.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes opened The Little Gym based on his new take on physical education. His curriculum emphasized motivating children to achieve instead of pressuring them to win. As a result, The Little Gym became a noncompetitive, positive, nurturing environment where young ones could develop physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually. Since then, Little Gyms have sprouted up across the country.
Woodway treadmills whirr and weight machines clank 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Though staffed while sun's up, the fitness center is accessible via members' key cards at night, giving gym-goers ample opportunity to incinerate calories and tone muscles on a full range of Cybex equipment or pass off their tears as sweat while watching Homeward Bound in the cardio theater. Workouts are supplemented with private sessions led by certified personal trainers, online nutritional resources, and onsite tanning booths that gold-plate freshly toned frames.
As a former architect, Amba Yoga director Lesa Kingsbury has a deep appreciation for form and function, elements that she incorporates into her yoga practice. Registered through the Yoga Alliance, Lesa draws on 14 years of experience to helm a team of seasoned instructors that promotes freedom of movement, mind, and spirit. Within temperate rooms kept at around 70 degrees, instructors lead Hatha yoga classes centered on alignment, form, and fluid motion as well as Vinyasa classes. The studio’s restorative offerings include yoga therapy, massage, and meditation techniques
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.
The certified pros at Pride Fitness & MMA see their exercise programs as a means to give their students more than just chiseled abs. In each adult class, they discuss the philosophy behind martial arts and how regular practice can develop self-confidence, discipline, and self-defense skills. They demonstrate techniques in mixed martial arts, muay thai, Brazilian jujitsu, or kickboxing, each of which can strengthen muscles while honing accuracy and stamina. During kids’ programs, they instill the importance of healthy lifestyles while the children learn to respect others and themselves.