Most children revel in playing video games, but it's often characterized as the antithesis of getting fit, what with all the endless hours of sitting idly and guzzling soft drinks. However, Fit Fusion Interactive's innovative instructors have managed to seamlessly integrate the two into their high-intensity martial-arts training program. To add an element of excitement and fun into getting fit and learning self-defense techniques, they utilize video-gaming fitness equipment. The stationary game bikes challenge cyclers with simulated on-screen hills, and the video game Dance Dance Revolution motivates dancers to work up a sweat to thumping tunes as they face off against imaginary opponents, who hail from the rival dance crew that served you at the soda-pop fountain last April.
To help their adult clients reach their fitness goals, these instructors also lead fitness classes such as karate classes and Fusion, which blends techniques from kickboxing, Pilates, and boot-camp classes. During Fitness Arcade sessions, students can take a break from all the fit-getting and compete against players from all over the world in the latest video games.
When players achieve a new level of fitness, they earn a colored bracelet to signify that they're moving up in Fit Fusion Interactive's ranking system. It is similar to the belt system in traditional martial-arts classes but made up of 15 levels, and students advance by acing physical challenges, passing tests of health knowledge, and slaying hydras with well-timed kickboxing moves. In addition to the classes and signature training program, kids and adults flock to the center for services such as personal training, parties, and special events.
For more than two decades, Syosset Martial Arts Center has been a place for people to not only learn martial arts but to move toward healthy, balanced lifestyles. The black-belt instructors tutor students in shotokan karate, which focuses on building values and character as its students learn self-defense and sparring moves. Adult classes begin with a warm-up and review before they launch into sparring, bag work, or the day's theme—and the class is always a whole-body workout. In addition to karate, the instructors also teach Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a grappling-based martial art. These classes aim to help students gain confidence, lose weight, and learn how to defend themselves.
Kids' karate classes engage young ones with activities including obstacle courses and calisthenics and instill values such as self-confidence and discipline. They can celebrate turning a year older with a birthday party at the dojo, complete with pizza, karate-themed invitations, and protection from insane posses of clowns.
Fast Facts About Diamond Fitness
Year Opened: 2014
Mission: helping people lose weight, build muscles, and turn their overall health around
Gym at a Glance:
variety of cardio equipment, complete circuit training, free weights, and TRX training
Clientele: men and women of all ages and ability levels
A Chat with Diamond Fitness
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are a local Oyster Bay gym offering the latest workout options in a clean, friendly environment.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
Diamond Fitness personal trainers and instructors take a sincere interest in understanding their clients' goals—and helping them to achieve them.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Fitness is an essential component in a healthy and fulfilling life.
What do you love most about your job?
Fitness, working out, and taking care of our bodies is something we choose to do. Everyone at the the gym is there to take care of themselves and there is great camaraderie in that.
To earn a black belt in Krav Maga—the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces, or IDF—Dr. Michael Blitz studied under the style's foremost experts, including Grandmaster Haim Zut and U.S. Chief Instructor Darren Levine. After more than 16 years of practice and 500 hours of instructor training, he was eager and willing to pass on the techniques to others. He has trained military security personnel in the U.S. and New Zealand as well U.S. Air Marshals, police officers, and civilians and taught New York City corrections officers at multiple correctional facilities. Under his supervision, only nationally and internationally certified instructors helm Krav Maga classes at KMLI (Kombat Masters of Long Island).
Dr. Blitz's impressive resumé underscores the real-life relevancy of his class curriculum. Grouped by skill level, the Krav Maga lessons condition physiques as they impart self-defense strategies, emphasizing explosive and decisive maneuvers. The techniques are meant to guard against single, multiple, armed, and unarmed assailants, a goal that rallies Blitz and his team to raise the empowering cry, "Refuse to be a victim." Some of these techniques have been displayed when KMLI's Blitz Krav Maga was featured on News 12 Long Island.
Absolute Yoga's instructors uphold the studio’s mission to "make yoga readily accessible to every body" by guiding pupils through more than 50 classes ranging in style and difficulty level each week. Within two separate practice spaces, studio owner Leslie Luft and her band of certified instructors lead a wide variety classes, from prenatal yoga for expecting mothers to core-strengthening Pilates sessions and yoga classes rooted in more meditative modalities. To further foster a close community of health and wellness, Absolute Yoga hosts intensive workshops that help attendees expand their understanding of specific subjects such as inversion and balancing poses and holistic baby-food making.
Motivation is the name of the game at Syosset's Sportime Fitness and Racquetball.
Ever wonder about the benefits of hot yoga? Come find out for yourself and enroll in a class at Sportime Fitness and Racquetball.
If you've ever wanted to try a fun and energizing Zumba class, this one is for you.
Sign up for one of these spinning classes and shape your legs and strengthen your core.
Take advantage of the personal trainers here to help you keep your form and get the results you intend.
Punch and kick away your stress and anger during one of these kickboxing classes.
When you workout here, you can take advantage of the great aerobics offered onsite.
A great body starts with a high-intensity workout. That's why everyone recommends cross fit to transform your fitness.
You'll be amazed by the results your body achieves with their fabulous circuit training.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.