Prospect Sports lacks the elements every baseball player dreams of—the smell of freshly mowed grass beneath their cleats, half-eaten pretzels hurling over their heads, rows of seats that seem to never stop climbing into the sky. But that's because the facility intentionally eschews such romantic distractions in order to foster an ideal training environment, which in turn fosters better athletes. Amid a top-notch synthetic turf that plays like real grass and an adjustable netting system that snakes across 25,000 square feet of space, players hone their skills through performance training, video analysis, and private lessons that focus on specific aspects of sports including baseball and softball. The center also offers a "Build-a-Player" program, which integrates skill and performance training into one program to develop well-rounded athletes that can handle the pro leagues' 400-pound baseballs made of solid gold.
Take a look around the gym at Gaglione Strength and you might spot college football players, wrestlers, and MMA fighters, all of whom turn to trainer John Gaglione for their coaching. As a sports performance specialist, John has been featured in many major publications such as Men’s Health, and is a featured strength-and-conditioning writer for the Long Island Wrestling Association. During workouts, he uses a hybrid style of coaching, often incorporating unconventional equipment ranging from ropes and resistance bands to kettlebells and chains to help athletes perform at their best. He fuses these into a variety of different programs, including elite wrestling development, sports performance, offseason and in-season training, power, speed, and movement training, injury prevention, and general fitness training.
A lifelong wrestler and athlete, Jordan Stump founded CrossFit Farmingdale to share the techniques that keep him in top shape with a new crop of fitness seekers. Despite his competitive background, you're more likely to find him with a tractor tire around his neck than a gold medal, sweating alongside his students in his fully equipped gym. In addition to the ever-mutating CrossFit workout, he also teaches kettlebell classes, endurance training, and soft tissue and mobility classes.
When working out at Retro Fitness, clients may feel a pang of nostalgia along with the usual burn that accompanies cardio and strength workouts. Movies from the 1980s play to an audience of exercisers in cardio theaters within the expansive gyms, which make room elsewhere for Zumba, bootcamp, toning, yoga, and cardio classes. In other areas of the gym, professional trainers help clients work out efficiently and old-timey strongmen lift medicine balls to general applause.
MAX Martial Arts & Fitness offers a variety of fitness classes, including cardio kickboxing, boot camp, TRX, and boxing. They also offer martial arts for ages 2 and older. Classes are tailored to clients' individual skill levels and help burn fat, build muscle and flexibility, and improve cardiovascular health.
Nicole Tzen, Inner Balance’s owner and a certified holistic practitioner, wants to do more than treat illness; she strives to empower clients to take control of their own health. That’s why, in addition to offering integrative-healing services such as massage therapy, acupressure, and reiki healing, she hosts a range of yoga classes to bolster clients’ fitness. This balance between mind, body, and spirit is also seen in the wellness center’s Peaceful Minds program, in which licensed holistic practitioner Amy Mahoney provides free massage therapy, reiki healing, and yoga and meditation instruction for combat veterans.