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 yoga, cycling, and kickboxing group classes. In other areas of the gym, professional trainers help clients work out efficiently and old-timey strongmen lift medicine balls to general applause.
James La Mar Jr. has studied the human body's capabilities inside and out, spending 11 years as a personal trainer and exercise physiologist while assisting in more than 40 orthopedic surgeries during his premed training. His desire to help others rediscover the energy of their younger years fueled his studies, ultimately leading him to the creation of Long Island Obesity Boot Camp. There, James shepherds recruits through a fat-busting blend of cardio and strength-training drills to help them to shed unwanted weight and achieve fitness goals. James also offers nutritional counseling, tracks student progress with weekly weigh-ins, and leads private personal-training sessions. He also gives scheduled lectures on the dangers of unhealthy lifestyles, such as heart disease, diabetes, and lingering dirty looks from doctors, to educate and motivate patrons.
Open 24 hours a day, XSport Fitness gilds pallid patrons with the sunless Mystic Tan system as well as regularly relamped UV beds. With Mystic Tan spray-tan sessions, unstained patrons stand in private booths while a moisturizing mist sweeps over the skin, bestowing the body with the healthy golden glow of a Spanish doubloon polished up for a night on the town. In about two minutes, airbrushes apply a natural tone that can be customized according to body size, skin type, and desired color. The formula imbues dermises with a bronze, line-free tan without the hassle of spending all summer loitering around sandcastle hard-hat zones.
Packed with cardio and strength-training machines, group fitness classes taught by expert instructors, and one-on-one personal-training fitness sessions, The Zoo Health Club aims to cater to any fitness desire. In addition to the free weights that range from 2–100 pounds and the six-week exercise programs, the bountiful health club also offers daycare and yoga, Zumba, and Pilates classes.
The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
Further Fitness trainers Jamie Dreyer and Maribel Torres have made it their mission to "dispel . . . myths and old-wives tales" about fitness. Inspired by their backgrounds in youth sports, exercise-science studies, and a chance encounter with fitness godfather Jack LaLanne, they have created an effective, challenging, and exciting program focused on the fundamentals of boosting metabolisms and muscle mass. Their stripped-down studio builds bodies with simple tools, such as kettlebells, battling ropes, and sandbags. To stimulate the cardiovascular system, Jamie and Maribel might have students haul a weight sled and pull in equal amounts of physiology and anatomy knowledge. Sessions are held in semiprivate and group settings, and an athletic-strength program devotes itself exclusively to training high-school-level athletes and any toddlers that can run a decent 40-yard dash or live in the requisite angst in which high schoolers often live.
Revolution Athletic Club specializes in TRX suspension training, interval-circuit training, and RealRyder indoor cycling. During cycling classes, students pedal atop RealRyder indoor bicycles that react with the body's natural cycling motion, tilting left and right up to 18 degrees. No matter the class, the club's knowledgeable instructors provide continuous direction and motivation with their own personalized music soundtracks.