Markisha Beckford studies the human body the way an engineer might study a particularly complex machine, so it makes sense that she works at a place called The Fitness Workshop. Having trained with top fitness experts such as Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Beckford is fully equipped to help clients adopt healthier dietary and exercise routines. Her holistic approach to health examines how these two areas—nutrition and fitness—are connected, and how an improvement to one might benefit the other. When she's not leading classes in spinning and Pilates, Beckford offers nutritional advice and posts healthy recipes on her website.
Fabulous Fitness NYC mixes up exercise with fun, dance-oriented classes, including three types of Zumba in addition to the traditional method. Zumba Toning adds a muscle-sculpting element, Zumba Sentao peppers in chair moves, and Zumbatonic tweaks the workout for kids. In addition, Fabulous? other classes, which include cardio dance, belly dancing, yoga, and Pilates, also integrate rhythm and grace as essential components of fitness.
Since its inception in 2000, TKO Kickboxers has helped its clients break past personal fitness goals with a blend of high-energy exercises and martial-arts techniques designed to burn fat and tone muscle. Students skip rope, sprint, tackle pushups, and punch and kick their way to the peak of physical fitness, cheered on by experienced, knowledgeable coaches.