Get into gear with the help of Tara Faye, owner and manager of PNT Fitness. PNT is a private gym located on Jackson Ave. Once a second floor studio apartment, the space was transformed into a place to sweat it out.
Tara’s love of fitness runs in her family. She was introduced to group fitness at a young age by her mother, who was also an instructor. Tara began teaching fitness classes while she was a student at Wagner College. After she received certificates in group fitness, personal training, and spinning she began teaching in gyms all around the city, renting out studios to hold her own classes.
PNT fitness has been a part of the neighborhood since January of 2011. It was originally owned by three people, including Tara. A little more than a year after opening, Tara took over the business and today runs the whole operation single handily. And that’s not all she does… Tara also works full time as a senior production accountant at a theater management company…and she’s recently engaged. Tara seems unfazed by her busy schedule and talks about managing both her careers with ease.
PNT offers a variety of fitness classes. From spinning, to cardio, to weight training, eight talented instructors will surely rock your body. Tara caps off each class at 10 people, something she says allows her and her instructors to really get to know their students. The fitness guru says her small classes still allow for great energy but also makes it possible to focus on form and technique, ultimately making sure each student is getting maximum results.
Classes vary in length and skill level. From seasoned spinners to newbies each class has something different to offer. Some classes arecardio based, others focus on toning, and a couple incorporates both. PNT also offers a spinning class called “Cycle Virgin”… perfect as a refresher course or for first time spinners. Tara welcomes each student into this class by spending one on one time with each them, making sure they are set up correctly on the stationary bike. But don’t let the name fool you…the 30 minute class is just as intense as any other. Once you’re comfortable, get ready to work it out while learning basic drills and skills along your ride.
Tara teaches 10 classes a week on top of personal training. While she loves to teach all of her classes, she admits her “insane kickbox camp” will always be one of her favorites. She is proud of the class she developed herself and says it’s designed to live up to its name…incorporating intense intervals of cardio, kickboxing, and boot camp regimens. Her widely popular class has even been recognized by CBS New York…featured as one of the “NYC’s 5 Best Boot Camps.”
Every Tuesday at PNT is “community night.” Where some classes are offered at discounted prices. There are no membership fees at this private gym, and no contracts. Check out www.pntfitness.com for more info, including class descriptions and weekly schedules.
by Anne Weslowski