We are self-defense specialists! Schools of Aikido vary widely in orientation. At SJAA we focus on practical self-defense. We believe that Aikido is a living art so we continually strive to improve the effectiveness of what we teach. What works, we keep; what doesn't we drop.
There’s no shortage of weights at Miami Sports Clubs—the facility estimates that it has 20,000 pounds on hand. And there’s no shortage of amenities either. Personal TV monitors flicker on each machine in the cardio theater, and TRX suspension and BOSU training gear line the boxing area. Fitness instructors demonstrate how to use all this equipment during personal-training sessions, and stage synchronized sweats during group classes such as Zumba, spinning, and kickboxing. To cap everything off, Miami Sports Clubs features a private massage studio, standup-tanning booths, saunas, and a bar that serves protein shakes, which can power workouts or sprints out to the parking lot to turn off your headlights.
Club Fitness tones and pampers bodies with group training, personal training, and tanning services, earning the Best of Gloucester County award in 2013 for its fitness center and gym. The 15,000-square-foot club spans two floors partitioned into dedicated rooms for cardio, Group X, and spinning, as well as a fitness floor lined with Hammer Strength, Cybex, Precor, Star Trac, and Life Fitness equipment. Group exercise classes meet seven days a week, and Club Fitness frees up workout time for busy parents with onsite childcare and robot stand-ins to send to the office. To replenish spent energy reserves, a shake and juice bar pours out chilled refreshments and steaming cups of gourmet coffee.
The enthusiastic instructors at Live in Joy strive to nurture the mind, body, and spirit of their clients through a bevy of yoga classes. Yogis spanning the flexibility spectrum can enjoy a variety of 60- to 90-minute stretch sessions designed for all ability levels. Teach an old recliner new tricks in a gentle chair yoga class, where seated asanas encourage increased mobility, flexibility, and relaxation, perfect for students who are recovering from an injury or seeking relief from awkward water cooler workouts at the office. Rigorous Vinyasa practices take students from one flowing pose to the next, pausing briefly in certain poses to help stretchers settle into deeper alignment. Instructors of yin yoga command downward facing dogs to "stay" in certain floor postures for up to five minutes to balance organ function, restore resiliency in the body's muscles and joints, and break the compulsion to mark yogis standing in tree pose.
Each visit to Royal Fitness shakes up workout routines with rows of equipment, an indoor saltwater pool, and group classes focusing on aerobics or mind and body cultivation. The center houses cardio gear from Precor and Cybex, and guests can climb stair masters or paddle away from imaginary anacondas on rowing machines. A dedicated strength-training center tones muscle groups with free weights, kettlebells and Nautilus machines, which can be used for self-prescribed workout routines or under the guidance of personal trainers. Trainers also lead more than 100 fitness classes each week emphasizing conditioning or a unification of the mind and body with classes such as tai chi. Additionally, the onsite youth center keeps an eye on tots while parents exercise or unwind with the help of massage therapy.
Curves is a gym for women, but its fitness regimens aren't known for their femininity—they're known more for their efficacy. Since 1992, the fitness franchise has built its name on 30-minute workouts that burn hundreds of calories per session. At the same time, the workout's blend of strength training, cardio, and stretching tones every major muscle group and builds endurance, keeping the body from tiring easily mid-exercise.
Still, the gym's Cleveland Clinic-certified trainers know that one efficient workout may not be enough in some cases. As a result, they complement Curves' classic exercise style including circuit training with additional options, such as Latin dance-inspired Zumba classes. A comprehensive weight loss program, meanwhile, takes a multifaceted approach to weight loss, pairing workouts with meal plans and one-on-one coaching.