Fusion Fitness founder Ealiane Joseph isn't looking to be tough on her clients. She views fitness as a means to pursuing a happier, healthier lifestyle, so she approaches each person from a supportive, encouraging frame of mind. She believes strongly in mixing it up, so as to avoid the boredom that comes with too regular of a routine. In that spirit, her gym's offerings include everything from 5K races to personal training sessions and group classes, including aerobics and boot camps.
At Power Dance and Fitness, owner Jaimie Roberts and her instructors welcome locals to cardio-dance and fitness classes, such as Power Dance Throw Down—a heart-pumping choreographed dance class—boot camp, HIIT-High Intensity Interval Training, yoga, and more. With bamboo sprung floors firmly in place, the studio promotes a high-energy atmosphere that blends fitness and fun.
The USRA Half Marathon Series spans 25 cities, where locals unite to test their competitive spirit in distance road races suited for runners of all physical endurances. Runners can choose from a half marathon or a 5K. Once they cross the finish line, racers in multiple age categories can snag awards for a job well done, regardless of whether they ran individually, as part of corporate teams, or to fundraise for a sanctioned charity program. Postrace activities also include live entertainment at a finish line party.
At Masters of All Terrain events, participants may vie for the title for top finisher on a wide variety of surfaces as they complete races such as fierce 5Ks or half marathons. Racers can also compete in each race’s fitness challenge where they complete exercises such as flipping tires, tossing a keg, or shredding paperwork for collateralized debt obligations. Photographers stick around to snap high-res action shots along the way, all of which are available free afterward through the event’s Facebook page.
After training for weeks, runners take their positions at the starting line, wait for the signal, and adjust the regulation sombreros attached to the tops of their helmets. Upon hearing the starting gun, they all bolt forward—only to tumble into a pit that puts them neck deep in oozy, disgusting, glorious mud.
Participants in the American Mud Race replicate this scene as they take on a 3- to 4-mile mud-filled obstacle course, all in the effort to benefit wounded veterans through the Home at Last Project by West Orange Habitat for Humanity. Afterward, racers bring home their mud-caked clothing and costumes to take revenge against their bathtubs, or they can replace them at the race site with a free T-shirt. Food and drink wristbands entitle their wearers to barbecue lunches and beer at the after party, where live music and DJs provide a soundtrack for dancing.
Although it was the burst of light from a Polaroid flash bar that initially drew Aubrey James to the photo world, the photographer prefers to work with her subjects in natural light. During shoots, she follows couples, children, and families through the park or along the beach, capturing a sense of fun and relaxation that simply cannot be replicated in the studio. After sessions, Aubrey retouches images and provides clients with the option to purchase prints or digital images that can be shared with grandparents who live in the Internet now.