There are no TVs to gaze off into. No chairs to doze off into. No mirrors for flexing or preening into. No crying home to Mama. Comfort doesn't concern the trainers at Hammer Human Performance & Sport. The trainers thrive on pushing people past their limits, not coddling lackadaisical fair-weather exercisers. Passion, desire, and willpower drive their clientele, who endure an intense, scientifically based training formula. Fused with strength and conditioning, the goal of the formula is functional fitness, not just looking buff in a tank top. It's hard, but it's rewarding and inspiring as average Joes and Janes train like professional athletes and master the balance of speed, power, and strength.
Oh My Girls! brings home ec classes into the 21st century by placing the emphasis squarely on young women. There are healthy cooking classes where students learn the value of better nutrition, fitness classes where they learn the empowering benefit of peer support, and workshops where they build healthy body image that draws on inner confidence rather than prescriptive media stereotypes.
To earn a black belt in Krav Maga?the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces, or IDF?Dr. Michael Blitz studied under the style's foremost experts, including Grandmaster Haim Zut and U.S. Chief Instructor Darren Levine. After more than 16 years of practice and 500 hours of instructor training, he was eager and willing to pass on the techniques to others. He has trained military security personnel in the U.S. and New Zealand as well U.S. Air Marshals, police officers, and civilians and taught New York City corrections officers at multiple correctional facilities. Under his supervision, only nationally and internationally certified instructors helm Krav Maga classes at KMLI (Kombat Masters of Long Island).
Dr. Blitz's impressive resum? underscores the real-life relevancy of his class curriculum. Grouped by skill level, the Krav Maga lessons condition physiques as they impart self-defense strategies, emphasizing explosive and decisive maneuvers. The techniques are meant to guard against single, multiple, armed, and unarmed assailants, a goal that rallies Blitz and his team to raise the empowering cry, "Refuse to be a victim." Some of these techniques have been displayed when KMLI's Blitz Krav Maga was featured on News 12 Long Island.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
The Bliss Studio's fitness regimen includes body-sculpting techniques both ultramodern and mystically archaic. Equipped with a variety of yoga techniques or Latin-infused Zumba moves, students can find their mental and emotional centers, de-stress their minds, and tighten and tone their bodies. Zumba's dance-based workout is perfect for Latin-dance fans, exercisers hoping to aerobically gyrate into a smaller size, or anybody who owns a Mexican-wrestling-match outfit that matches their leg warmers. Bliss's varied yoga regimens cater to posturing posers of every skill level. Get introduced to the ancient Indian discipline with Bliss Basics and release tension with Gentle Stretch, or select the appropriate I, II, or III level class to Sun Salutate your way to enlightenment and bendiness.