Though the Fitness Factory’s classes, weight-loss center, and personal trainers embody the efficiency that the gym’s name suggests, its commitment to personalizing the gym-going experience diverges from the idea of a factory. Each of the three upscale locations—outfitted with unique amenities—is designed specifically for different types of exercisers. In Palisades Park, the building’s three floors embody various disciplines: the first floor teaches endurance, the second floor's concentration is sports performance, and the third floor focuses on strength training. The Rockaway spot blends exercise and entertainment with a cinema room that projects the latest blockbusters on a true silver screen as members hit the treadmills. Edgewater builds communities and core strength with Pilates reformer classes, hot-yoga studios, and rooftop yoga sessions where guests can salute the sun and shame lazy clouds. No matter the location, each gym pampers members with saunas, babysitting services in a toy-filled playroom, and a smoothie bar stocked with healthy postworkout snacks designed to help build muscle.
Any good gym blurs the line between exercise and fun. But at BK Cycle, one might confuse working out with going to a club. Energetic music plays during all classes, which take place from early morning to late evening. As the beats echo throughout the room, enthusiastic teachers pump up students to pedal faster and harder on their stationary bikes. The exuberant exercise gives an intense cardiovascular workout and helps burn calories more effectively than throwing a Big Mac into a bonfire.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
MoveUSA helps clients get in shape with the assistance of one of the all-time great workout tools: the Internet. MoveUSA's user-friendly site strive to take some hassle out of planning fitness routines and save patrons cash at the same time, granting members a "passport" that opens up a world of fitness options. After browsing the available courses and activities in their area, from hot yoga classes to parkour runs, clients pick and choose what goes on their "move list," paying for only the events they choose to attend. Designed to suit various lifestyles, the site's plans range from ? la carte?style, with clients paying a reduced rate for each activity, to unlimited plans that allows for as many workouts as your sneakers can take before turning to dust.
Since its founding 15 years ago, Synergy Fitness has advocated for wholesome lifestyle changes through rounded programs and guidance. Rather than setting their members adrift in a sea of befuddling equipment, their nationally certified lifestyle coaches equip them with the planning tools to forge healthy habits both during and beyond workouts. Their advice can cover exercise, nutrition, and endurance, emphasizing the importance of variety in any health regimen. They keep abreast of the abreast of the fitness world's most recent developments with mandatory classes in their areas of specialization?which include diet, yoga, and MMA.
On the gym floor, machines from Hammer Strength and Life Fitness whir along with limbs, and individual television screens on some machines threaten patrons with footage of their grade-school choir solos if they don't keep jogging. Group fitness classes at certain locations take advantage of indoor cycles and boot-camp drills to condition physiques, and MMA programs tutor muay thai, kickboxing, and jujitsu.
The spinning wheels of a bicycle take on greater meaning at SoulCycle Union Square. The goal isn’t just a full-body workout or shedding buckets of sweat, but rather to create a “cardio sanctuary” where riders can clear their minds and find inspiration while riding in candlelight. In the Union Square branch of this popular nationwide exercise chain, 57 bikes support up to 13 lessons per day that incorporate core training and upper body work with up to 5-pound weights. However, it’s the community aspect of the workout that has helped make the place one of the hottest trends at the moment. Participation can be a serious financial commitment, and reservations are a must for peak-hour sessions, but there’s certainly no shortage of happy customers willing to pay the price, especially when celebrities like Jake Gyllenhaal clip into the pedals next to you.