After nearly two decades within the world of fitness and nutrition, Ellen Nalaboff is still dedicated to her health and wellness mission.
In 2009, the fitness guru opened her own location after years of studying, training and instructing various programs. is located at 490 Old Bethpage Rd., directly next door to its partner business,
At Ellen's Fitness Studio clients are offered a wide range of services including fitness classes, meditation and personal one-on-one counseling. Pilates, spinning, kickboxing, sculpting and zumba classes are some of the most popular at Ellen's, but are just a small step in the path to a healthy lifestyle, according to Nalaboff.
"I want to make this more about wellness, not just fitness," the expert said of her facility. "What sets me apart is that I integrate the whole mind, body, spirit. You can't change by just eating right, and you can't change by just exercising. You need to address emotional and spiritual stress levels."
At Ellen's, clients are offered a structured but flexible schedule. The facility does not operate like a regular gym where guests can come work out on their own, but classes are offered from morning to night. With their system, each member is given constant support by the studio's staff.
"There's no accountability in a regular gym," Nalaboff said. "It's not the same, and I really believe that the success of us is being with that person from start to finish. We are always there for them."
Ellen's houses 30 employees, including teachers and managerial staff. Each fitness instructor is trained and certified at the highest level to guide members as best as possible, the owner said.
The studio encourages potential clients to start their training with whatever they can fit into their schedule, and not to take on too much in the beginning. Nalaboff offers free health consultations for new members looking to make a change.
"Start with one class," Nalaboff advised. "There's no right or wrong for anybody."
Class prices vary, and a number of monthly packages are available to adhere to each individual's needs. Memberships start around $70 and can go up to $350, depending on your choice of services.
Ellen's Fitness Studio 516-396-4521
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Fri. 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.