One of the oldest CrossFit gyms in New York City, CrossFit Hell's Kitchen houses a community of beginners and experienced members that encourage all to achieve their goals. The spacious 4,500-square-foot layout is stocked with ample equipment and large locker rooms with showers and other amenities, but class sizes are kept small so that coaches can focus on form and detail as they instruct and motivate. Workouts are an intense and sweaty combination of gymnastics, Olympic lifting, and bodyweight movements that challenge members to get in the best shape of their lives.
Martial-arts virtuoso and instructor James Sherman earned an official certification from the revered Israeli Krav Maga Association after completing more than 500 hours of close-quarters combat training in Israel. Sherman, who has received attention from Time Out New York, leads groups and individuals—including executives and celebrities such as magician David Blaine, singer-songwriter John Mayer, and BBC America president Herb Scannell—through the rigorous self-defense regimen, which includes potent kicks, punches, strikes, and chokeholds designed to ward off bullies, violent attackers, and amorous ivy vines. His team of distinguished instructors include Lalo Roberti, a SEAL Team 10 operative in operation Red Wings—the Marcus Lattrell Lone Survivor story—and Paul Zukowski, a world heavyweight champion in Barknuckle MMA. In addition, Sherman illustrates how Krav maga's cardiovascular intensity can bolster students' strength, speed, and flexibility.
Classes include a Combat Athlete class designed for any fitness level. This class has an introduction to Navy SEAL history, philosophy, and mental toughness; an introduction to Krav Maga and hand-to-hand combat, history, and philosophy. The instructors go over operation Red Wing in four parts, followed by q&a sessions; the fundamentals of Basic Underwater Demolition training and preparation, and training for baseline Navy SEALs physical fitness and readiness test in two parts. The team teaches SEALs leadership and team building physical training, all accompanied by before pictures to track an individuals progress.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Talitha Dance is centered on building a supportive fitness community. From visiting other fitness instructor's classes, to sharing healthy fitness and nutrition
information, Talitha Dance encourages sustainable fitness and social support.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
Student suggestions of favorite songs and moves are incorporated to make workouts more personal. Material is updated often to keep it fresh and challenging, giveaways positively encourage attendance, and buddy discounts encourage students to bring friends which helps make more personal experiences.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I wanted to make working out a regular part of my routine and that led to my becoming a Zumba Instructor. Maintaining my fitness routine by myself was a challenge so I sought to create a community with Talitha Dance to help anyone stick to their plan and meet their fitness goals.
What do you love most about your job?
I love to move to the music. Even before becoming a Zumba Instructor I would dance "out loud" by myself waiting on the train, walking home, anywhere really! Now, I love having a group of fellow movers to party with during our Zumba workouts. Keeping fit is so much more fun with others!
After fist-punching his way through the U.S. Army's basic training program, bobbing and weaving through an amateur boxing career, and drop-kicking every last test that stood between him as his law degree, the poet-warrior Edward Rush opened a commercial gym in Washington, DC. He soon grew tired of folding towels for patrons who only wanted to use his gym as a place to read magazines or watch TV while they jogged, so he closed up shop, moved to NYC, and opened a personal-training gym and fitness laboratory. There, he earned the nickname "The Mad Scientist" for his grueling, inventive, and rewarding training method, called IFS.
For a quick, intense workout, students can turn to the gym's CrossFit classes. CrossFit incorporates a fusion of strength and cardiovascular conditioning exercises that grant bodies with sculpting, toning, and endurance-boosting benefits in less than an hour. In fact, many members hustle through the retinue of handstand pushups and Olympic-style power cleans on their lunch hours via the gym's power lunch program, which includes a paleo-diet meal delivery when the workout is completed. Whether over lunch, early in the morning, or at the end of an office day, students can attend classes up to six days a week and retire to well appointed locker rooms equipped with showers, towel service, and complimentary grooming products.
My Yoga Revolution Studio employs a unique method of Vinyasa yoga to harness the therapeutic properties of the art. Its form of the discipline emphasizes focused breathing in each posture. They meld those teachings into their classes, custom yoga therapy sessions, all-levels classes, and retreats for beginners, experienced practitioners, and those with injuries and chronic health conditions. All-levels classes teach advanced asanas such as inversions and arm balances, while guided meditation focuses on soothing relaxation techniques. For a more personalized healing session, teachers detoxify the body with Ayurvedic consultations and Panchakarma therapy, which corrects seasonal imbalances in the body over a three-five-seven-day period.
In addition to teaching students the art of therapeutic yoga, the studio offers 200-hour yoga teacher training for students that can be taken over six weekends or within three weeks. Teacher training aims to help graduates learn the necessary skills to teach yoga and market and self-promote themselves in a variety of settings, ranging from gyms to private practices. When the serene interior of the studio isn’t enough to whisk their students’ minds to another place, the staff whisks away their bodies by leading regular retreats to the Catskills and Bali.
Tauris McBride weighed 350 pounds in 2010, but today, his muscle-bound physique ripples in at 200 pounds. He's watched his family members suffer from diabetes and hypertension, and knew that if he didn't make a change, he would head down the same path. To transform his life, he set out on a calorie-searing regime of martial arts, yoga, Pilates, dance, and nutrition. This combination empowered him with a renewed energy and focus, motivating him to complete his college degree after a 15-year hiatus. Now the proud owner of JKM Fitness, he harnesses his skills and contagious enthusiasm for fitness to aid others—emphasizing families—in leading healthy lifestyles.
JKM’s instructors and registered dietitian motivate students of all ages and abilities to work toward healthier versions of themselves. JKM offers four styles of martial-arts training—including boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian jiujitsu, and Eskrima—as well as yoga, Pilates, and dance-cardio classes. Heart rates thunder in kickboxing and dance-cardio classes, and Pilates's and yoga's strength training, stretches, and breathing exercises bolster abdomens and lengthen muscles. Students master self-defense in the wholly unarmed techniques of Brazilian jiujitsu or the weapon-based moves of the Filipino art Eskrima, which teaches them to defeat opponents who are unarmed or brandishing weapons, such as blades or water balloons.