Rowing machines. Free weights. Pilates equipment. Treadmills. One could probably burn a few calories just by reading a list of Empire Sports Club's training arsenal. DIY exercisers of all ages can work through custom training regimens on strength and cardio machines before breaking things up with a game of racquetball.
Empire Sports Club also has plenty of class instructors and personal trainers on-hand for guided workouts as well. Casey Castine applies her more than 15 years of dancing experience during group Zumba classes, while Kim Izzi draws on a BS in nutrition. The club's full-size boxing ring, meanwhile, serves as Tom Fallon's classroom. Mr. Fallon boasts a resume almost as impressive as his right hook; he won Golden Gloves in 1984 and 1985, back when the Earth's gravity was 10 times what it is today.
Though dance is a great form of exercise, it's equally a great form of self-expression. That's the idea behind Shine On Performing Arts, a dance studio that focuses on not just the discipline of dance, but also artistry and fun. Children combine an appreciation for fitness with fancy footwork in such dance styles as hip-hop, ballet, and jazz, helping them potentially work up to a spot on the studio's competitive dance team. Adults immerse themselves in creative workouts such as the dance-heavy Zumba, barre fitness, and ballet bootcamp, which teaches students to lace a pointe shoe blindfolded.
Inside Evolutions Fitness Training’s 3,000-square-foot fitness facility, patrons craft well-rounded health regimens amid mirror-lined walls, Nautilus weight machines, TV-clad cardio equipment, and a variety of free weights. Led by motivational instructors, boot-camp and Zumba classes prevent stagnation with energetic music and challenging routines that spice up traditional workouts without replacing barbells with live mountain lions. The gym’s certified personal trainers push clients through plateaus or jump-start training, elucidating proper form and the necessary nutrition to build a strong, healthy body.
Yoga has been a part of Robin’s life since 1968, though it didn’t completely take hold until 1999 when she became a certified instructor. Since then, she has built a community of holistic healing around her yoga practice with Robin’s Yoga & Healing Center, LLC, offering wellness services such as thai yoga bodywork, reiki, and breath-work sessions.
After training Marines as a former sergeant in the US Marine Corps, Dave of Better Health Pro brought his skills to the civilian sector to help clients lose weight and achieve their fitness goals. Dave, who is also a marathon runner and a trainer certified by the International Sports Sciences Association, leads a variety of fitness programs including small-group training classes, boot camps, yoga, and cardio kickboxing. Remote students can access Dave’s expertise with online virtual training as well. To truly maximize the results, each client also receives a comprehensive strength analysis, cardiovascular and VO2 max testing, body-composition measurements, and a custom nutrition plan, all of which they can track via a virtual profile.
A lot of community races pit neighbors against neighbors in a bit of friendly rivalry. Although the spirit of competition lives within the Tri-City Race Series, organizers here are more concerned with fostering charitable sportsmanship between entire cities. By encouraging as many people from the towns in the running to participate, the events raise funds for a huge variety of community projects, including arts, science, and sports programs.