The tagline of Ultra Fitness Center is “The Unique Women's Gym.” Owner Cheryl Paganelli Kehoe strives for that uniqueness by hosting 34 classes per week, many of which she teaches. Cheryl and her trainers give physical-fitness instruction as diverse as classic body conditioning training, Zumba dance fitness, and boxing, which is taught by a professional boxing coach. All classes take place within the two-floor facility and make use of its newly appointed classrooms and modern workout equipment—cardio machines, exercise balls, and the chairs with which Hulk Hogan used to wrestle.
Seeking the formula for an ideal gym, Bob Bonham spent 15 years exploring other fitness facilities, talking to trainers, and studying equipment—all the while taking note of what worked and what didn't. He put all of his research to good use, opening Strong and Shapely Gym in 1984, packing its 25,000 square feet with professional strength-training equipment and cardio machines. He organized the workout areas by body part, an innovative design concept that won praise from Bodybuilding.com.
Today, you can spot fitness seekers of all stripes at the 24-hour facility, from regular moms and dads to famous bodybuilders. A staff of certified trainers inhabit the gym, conducting personal-training sessions and leading group fitness classes, such as yoga and Pilates. The expert staff eagerly supply members with fitness tips and advice, from tactics to prevent workout boredom to instructions for donating old gym socks for use as therapy puppets. The gym boasts a variety of convenient amenities, including onsite tanning, childcare, and a supplements store.
When Regina Janesko had to take a physical fitness test in order to keep a new job, the avid gym rat and weightlifter wasn't worried about passing. Yet somehow she failed the first two times she took it, leaving her with only one opportunity left. When her test administrators suggested she try CrossFit, Regina went to Bergen County CrossFit, where co-owner Daniel Ramsay created fitness routines tailored to the requirements of her exam. Needless to say, she nailed it on the third try. Today, she's still an active member at Bergen County Crossfit.
It's a common occurrence here: people wander in, some with a specific goal others without, and eventually become part of a community that seeks to support and encourage each other. The daily classes can be modified based on age and fitness level, and incorporate techniques such as kettle bells and core strengthening. Co-owner Lily is also known to dish out nutritional advice, helping members supplement their workouts with healthful meal suggestions and tips on where to find low-cal snacks.
Fit Female is more than a gym. It's a culture of empowerment that encourages women of all ages to nourish their bodies, minds, and spirit animals through exercise. As a workout facility, Fit Female features more than 40 cardio machines and a recently renovated space where instructors host fitness classes in yoga, spinning, Pilates, and Zumba. Personal-training sessions offer customized workout plans, and amenities such as free childcare, tanning, and an indoor salt-water pool take away any lingering excuses.
To the certified fitness instructors at 4MMG Fitness, hard work and fun are not mutually exclusive. Though they realize the challenge before them, this is a mindset they aim to instill in each client who walks through the door. To accomplish this, they fill the fitness studio's schedule with group classes such as core, kettlebell, functional training, giving participants varied ways in which to improve their balance, build strength, and gain confidence. In addition to group classes, the trainers can also work with clients one-on-one, helping them work toward specific goals, whether they want to tone up or fit into one of this year's popular slim-cut sleeping bags.