Jennifer Friaglia would be fit enough if her days just consisted of wrangling her kids. But the mother of three wouldn’t be satisfied with that fitness regime, since she’s spent more than a decade as a personal trainer, physical education teacher, and group exercise instructor. At Movez, LLC, she flexes her muscles as a licensed Zumba teacher at fast-paced Zumbatomic classes, sometimes even attracting Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice.
The vibrating platforms at Flow Vibration Fitness attempt to speed up the fitness process by sending 25 to 50 vibrations into the body, requiring the muscles to contract and relax much faster than when running on a treadmill. As the body makes constant adjustments to keep its balance, the light, rapid energy of the vibrations have been shown to tone muscle, burn fat, and build bone density.
Exercisers who have worked up a sweat on the vibration platform can hydrate with gallons of ionized alkaline water, which can potentially increase metabolism, balance the blood’s acidity, and encourage the absorption of nutrients.
Dozens of pieces of equipment fill Eclectic Personal Training where trainers, led by Peter Lombardi, coach clients in private and group sessions. The trainers guide students down the road to fitness like a drivers' ed. teacher guides students down the road to Eclectic Personal Training's parking lot. In addition to personal training, the instructors also run boot camps, and pair exercises with massage and supplements such as Warrior Blend raw protein, which may boost the immune system.
The slogan “Non-Stop Body Rocking” is emblazoned high above the heads of the hard-working boot-campers at Silly Rock Boot Camp as they sweat their way through high-intensity sessions. Priscilla Compono is the company’s passionate and experienced personal trainer, and she leads students of all fitness levels through challenging sets of push-ups, burpees, and suspension workouts during her one-hour boot-camp classes. She can customize her workouts to accommodate the skill level and fitness goals of the students in her classes. To do this, Priscilla draws on an artillery of weightlifting routines and exercises that rely on short bursts of intense cardio, including running obstacle courses or running from the company’s patented motivation-inspiring tigers.
Jackie Morrison founded the Long Island Center for Yoga in 2003 to create a beacon within the community, one that would draw individuals seeking healing as well as spiritual and physical growth. To accommodate this range of interests, the schedule embraces a variety of yogic styles. Vinyasa and vigorous yoga classes build strength and endurance with dynamic asana sequences. Restorative yoga, on the other hand, incorporates deep, sustained stretches aided by supportive props. Yoga nidra, meanwhile, encourages introspection with time-honored meditation techniques.
Regardless of the style, self-discovery is a common theme at the studio. Unlike many practice spaces, Long Island Center for Yoga doesn’t hang any mirrors on its walls. This forces students to closely monitor their own form and technique, with instructors on hand to recommend modifications. The studio's Pilates, tai chi, and belly-dancing sessions similarly teach students to recognize the inherent connections between their minds, bodies, and untapped telekinetic abilities.
The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.