NY Fit Fest moves away from the sand and adds new fitness classes

NY Fit Fest moves away from the sand and adds new fitness classes

Imagine a tasting menu that showcases exercise, not eating; This is a good idea of ​​what to expect at NY Fit Fest. The annual event for exercise and wellness enthusiasts returns to Long Beach on September 25th, this time at a new location.

As in the past, the all-day schedule features authentic A-Z classes – from ab lab to Zumba – plus lectures, workshops, and top-notch trainers who are eager to get you moving.

This year’s festival runs from 9am to 3pm and takes place on the rooftop of the Allegria Hotel overlooking the ocean. This is a change from years past when the beach doubled as a crowded outdoor gym. Why switch?

“It’s all about offering a more intimate and VIP experience,” says Colette Lee Morales, certified coach who co-founded the festival with Ingrid Dodd, who works in public relations. “And the setting is wonderful.”

This includes a graceful rooftop pool which will certainly come in handy for some of the seasons debuting at NY Fit Fest. The exercise sessions and wellness-related conversations have been simplified to 20 minutes to give participants a chance to experiment with a number of options.

Want to burn calories? ignite your mind? Both? Choose accordingly. Since the space for the venue is limited, the organizers suggest pre-registration.

“Part of what’s so great is that there are so many options,” says Christina Russo, 57, an operations supervisor at LifeTime Fitness in Syosset who works at CrossFit to keep fit.

A frequent clown, Rousseau says, “I always have fun, it’s fun to try new things.”

Mandy Buddha, 38, a social worker from Masabika, who runs, rides and dances, reflects these sentiments. She thinks of getting her feet wet with a yoga class running in the pool. “I’d like to try it,” she says. “I dance and I like to think I have a good balance.”

New challenges along with self-pushing is what the day is all about. “It brings a whole different kind of feeling when you exercise,” Buda says. “The camaraderie is crazy.”

Boda has attended and volunteered at the festival since its inception in 2017. She is looking forward to classes with returning and favorite stars. Among them: Bootcamp with retired US Marines Tony Hernandez, who invites you to “goodbye to your comfort zone,” and Zumba with Brian Thompson and Coco Zee (“they’re amazing playlists and energy,” she says). And there’s a TikTok dance tutorial with Buddy Casimano, known for touring with Debbie Gibson.

Here are a few of the new activities on the deck – in addition to Pilates, an area-targeting booty blast that speaks for itself, HIIT training, Barre exercises and CPR/AED first aid training. A full list can be found at nyfitfest.com.

floating yoga

Everyone in the pool: For this yoga, substitute a mat for a paddle board. You start out sitting and gradually work your way up to a standing position, delivering a perfect storm of challenge to your core, balance and agility. “You have to stay present,” says Diana Ariko, 40-year-old owner of Salty Soul Yoga, who lives in Hicksville and will be teaching the class throughout the day.

barry crane

The popular fitness brand is debuting at the festival with a high-intensity interval training exercise that uses body weight and small bands to build muscle and increase your metabolic rate. “The energy in the group fitness class is fantastic,” said Luke Scolkin, the trainer Barry Roslin who is leading the session. “We offer to experience what Barry is all about at the festival.

JTL exercise

UK-based fitness trainer Josh Tweed is known for putting fashion designers and footballers in their stride, and now he’s doing it for Long Islanders. This session will focus on coordinating the upper and lower body and torso.

fitness lectures

The festival prides itself on being suitable for everyone aged 16 and over at all levels of fitness. This promising workshop on “The Things Nobody Talks About” about menopause and aging speaks volumes about that fact. Other lecture topics include what it means to live a plant-based lifestyle and aquarium fitness and health. The panel discussion will cover balancing maternal life and mental health.

drum circle

Morales focuses on music and mental movement in this end-of-day session that concludes the festival with a “Spiritually Connected Note.”

New York Fit

when | where Rooftop Fitness and Wellness Day runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., September 25; Allegria Hotel, 80 W Broadway, Long Beach.

cost Daily passes start at $125 an hour nyfitfest.com. After-party rates and accommodation at the Allegria are also on the festival site.

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