The hiss and clank of weight machines from manufacturers such as Cybex and Precor blend with the whir of recumbent cycles and treadmills to form the perpetual soundtrack at each of Dolphin Fitness Clubs’ 24-hour locations. To augment individual exercise regimens, nationally certified staffers teach aerobic classes throughout the week, with offerings ranging from classic step classes to low-impact yoga and pillow-fighting lessons.
For A.M. Fitness Groove owner and head instructor Ajia Maximillian, working out should be a party that you look forward to, not something you dread at the end of the day. To that end, she opened her dance-fitness studio to spice up workouts, while catering to the busy schedule of New Yorkers. Sessions start at 6:30 a.m., allowing students to burn calories during a Zumba or boot-camp class before heading into work as the mayor’s bagel tester. Ajia also offers “express” midday classes that easily squeeze into a lunch break, with the hope that clients can get their workout in during the day, leaving time for friends, family, and relaxation in the evenings. And to boost energy levels and overall fun, she infuses her up-tempo dance classes with elements from her background in West African drumming, hip-hop, and Congolese dancing.
Having earned multiple certifications as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Samantha LaPella took the next step toward empowering her clients: she opened a studio that specializes in women-friendly workouts. There, she and her all-female staff approach exercise with moves from a wide variety of disciplines. They helm group classes that range from yoga to boxing to boot camp, augmenting their workouts with nutritional pointers. In an effort to boost coordination and confidence, they also plan dance-based sessions, including Zumba and the salsa-powered moves of Shake It Up. Embodying the vibrant, stylish spirit of its staff and students, the gym flaunts hot-pink walls and shimmering chandeliers, which double as retrievable trophies for the most advanced pole-dancing students.
At Limitless Fitness Studios, the motto is “live without limits,” but in order to do this, each athlete must follow the Limitless Code. Steeped in support and encouragement, the code includes tenets such as “never compromise form for speed,” “go hard or go home,” and even permits a little swearing as long as clients resolve to never quit. Clients employ the code during daily classes, which range from TRX suspension training and boot camp to Zumba, power yoga, and indoor cycling. Instructors also helm kickboxing classes, kettlebell training, ballet boot camps, and classes that focus specifically on building a strong core.
Zumba Fitness New Jersey's licensed head instructor Melissa Marcketta and her enthusiastic staff lead over thirty light-hearted, hip-swiveling Latin dance workouts per week across five locations. During one-hour Zumba with Zumba Toning classes, students become acquainted with pulse-pounding dance moves and strength training exercises that create physiques as tight and toned as a bass drum crafted from recycled Tarzan posters. The calorie-crushing combination of aerobic gyrations and shimmy-infused strength training is accessible for all ability levels. The studio employs multiple instructors to ensure varied workouts, eclectic soundtracks, and a spectrum of opinions surrounding the optimal peanut-butter-to-broccoli ratio for a postworkout sandwich.