Health coach and weight-loss expert Debbie Lazinsky doesn't need to flaunt her credentials to draw in new clients. Though her ACE certifications as a personal trainer and health coach are impressive, most people are more intrigued by her top personal achievement: losing more than 180 pounds in 18 months. Debbie's journey?which was featured in The Huffington Post, People Magazine, and People TV?brought her from a size 28 to a size 6.
Today, she applies the same methods that fueled her own weight-loss to her clients. She places the biggest emphasis on personalization, formulating different programs for varying body types and lifestyles. These plans combine healthy eating choices with exercise and scientific measurements that track progress, such as BMI analyses. Throughout her meetings, Debbie stresses the value of support and the uselessness of denying people certain foods. She tells her clients to continue going to their favorite restaurants, and will even look over these restaurants' menus to point out health-conscious options that are more appealing than gnawing on a napkin for dessert.
Instead of relying on a tour bus, the licensed guides at Food On Foot Tours lead groups through New York's neighborhoods in a relaxed manner as locals: by taking the subway and by traveling, of course, on foot. The four-time Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award-winning tour leads more than 15 specialty tours, each tailored to specific neighborhoods, culinary items such as a meat tour with vegetarian options, or aspects of local culture. Guides may lead groups to the East Village, Hell's Kitchen, or Union Square, to the diverse ethnic eateries of Queens, or to the waterfront streets of Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, and Coney Island. Food On Foot's Tours always include 4 to 6 stops for food, including at least one sweet stop. Each stop offers multiple options, from a snack to a large meal, but guests are not obligated to make purchases; the average costs for all tour stops range from $15 to $20. Food On Foot Tours also offer self-guided On Your Own Experiences and Feasts & Finds special events.
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.
The certified trainers at The Yard Athletics are passionate about helping athletes improve their game and clients boost their fitness level. At this 21,000-square-foot facility, members can work out on an indoor pro turf playing field, run along a sprinter’s track, and build lean muscle with the functional gym equipment lining the walls, from kettlebells to squat racks and free weights. With challenging group fitness classes and sessions for kids as well, this gym is a unique place to shake up a fitness routine.
At The Adventure Park at Long Island, small platforms hang at various levels among the branches and boughs, connected by bridges and ziplines. Guests navigate up into the canopy and then soar back down, experiencing fantastic speeds coupled with stunning aerial views. To ensure all visitors have ample time to enjoy their experience, course start times are staggered throughout the day. This keeps the treetop traffic at a minimum, ensuring minimal wait times and no outbursts from squirrels with road rage.
For Heavenly Hands MediSpa's Glenise Smith, the best part about being a massage therapist is her direct impact on her clients' health. For close to a decade, she has used specialized strokes—deep tissue, therapeutic, pregnancy, and European—to quell aches and pains. She even takes her business on the road for clients who have been in accidents or who are home-bound so that they, too, can experience relief from massage therapy.