Wendy Traskos's career as a pole-dancing icon began with one fateful spin. Impressed by the strength of self-expression she glimpsed in accomplished pole-dancers, she tried the art for herself and was hooked immediately, so much so she has been honing her spinning skills for 16 years. Now a self-taught professional, she channels her background as a certified personal trainer and gymnast to enhance her routines. Wendy’s fitness knowledge landed her celebrity clients, including Montel Williams and Mary J. Blige, and her proficiency on the pole led Germany's version of America's Next Top Model to feature her as a dancing expert.
At NY Pole studios, Wendy passes on her spiraling prowess through her original Climb and Spin method. She believes that students should build a foundation of muscle and a repertoire of techniques as they progress to more advanced pole tricks, which require them to shed all rock-climbing gear. Her classes accommodate varying skill levels with choreographed routines, motivating participants to practice recently learned grips, climbs, and transitions. The studios also offer fitness classes, private parties, and workshops led by guest instructors such as Cleo “The Hurricane,” also known as Miss Pole Dance Australia.
Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award–winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
Players dribble a shiny new ball across the green grass, passing it back and forth before they see an opening and shoot for the goal. Games like these take place across the world, and Unique Touch Soccer Academy helps kids from Westchester County connect with the internationally beloved sport through soccer camps and clinics. Camps and classes are available for boys and girls aged 4–17.
The certified personal coaches at GolfTEC utilize motion sensors and high-speed cameras to monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display. Computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics record 24 data points for each swing, providing frame-by-frame visual feedback to identify swing flaws. Biofeedback sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. Inside the private, climate-controlled training bays, GolfTEC’s professional swing smiths will call proper attention to strengths and weaknesses and help golfers permanently improve their game.
Established in 1948, Westchester Golf Range is 16-acre parcel of land that invites golfers of all stripes to hone their skills on all-grass tee boxes. Today, it continues as a prime spot for golfers to practice long drives, hone iron accuracy, and train their golf balls to obey commands.
When JoJo Guarin isn’t taking down expert fighters twice his size in invitation-only professional grappling tournaments, he’s designing the curriculum at East Coast United BJJ & MMA. A swimmer before he was a fighter, Guarin advocates the use of cross-training as the primary method of getting his students in shape. This leaves him and his instructors time to focus purely on technique in Braziliain jujitsu, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. The team sets up the schedule to provide specific times for beginners to practice, welcoming men, women, children, and teenaged turtles of all skill levels into their training sessions. When the combative fire in students’ veins flickers out, exercisers can center themselves and increase their flexibility under the tutelage of certified YogaFit instructor Jessica Mondello.