Taking a road bike in a spinning studio may seem like a recipe for pedaling into a wall, but at Cycle On Studio, it's a recipe for a more realistic workout. During the studio’s Kinetic Rock and Roll training sessions, cyclists work out on their own bikes, which they lock into indoor-appropriate frames that provide lifelike side-to-side rocking to challenge the same muscles engaged on the biking trail. This is just one of the studio's many classes that cast off one-size-fits-all workouts. Even during traditional spinning sessions on NXT stationary bikes, students can opt to wear a MYZONE belt that monitors and tracks all of their exercise activity in order to make the classes more efficient. With or without the belts, instructors infuse these workouts with high-energy climbs, interval training, saddle work, and virtual rickshaw rides.
The certified coaches at CrossFit OTG can fine-tune their repertoire of movements to condition many different types of bodies, which is why they are easily able to train former collegiate athletes and CEOs in the same space. The team—which includes a former police officer, an elementary-school physical-education teacher, and founder Nick DiMatteo—encourages members to reach outside preconceived definitions of fitness during intense, group workouts. They pile an ever-varied mix of resistance and cardio drills into group classes and sport-specific routines, drawing from established functional exercises that mirror real-life actions. During private sessions, they broaden the scope of the program to cover nutrition and motivational strategies, such as having a pro wrestler guard your alarm clock’s snooze button. Their ability to scale the intensity to any experience level fosters an accessible and diverse workout environment.
Nestled in a refurbished loft of a former bank building, Yoga Inspired offers a uniquely soothing space for connecting body to breath. Visitors walk under the building’s imposing entrance and white columns before making their way to an airy loft space painted in an aqua marine color that helps calm pet seals. The carpeted floor adds extra cushioning to yoga mats as natural light filters in through large windows.
The studio’s classes include classic Hatha and Vinyasa Flow and are clearly coded as challenging, beginner-friendly, or gentle. Yoga Inspired’s team of certified instructors leads sessions seven days a week, and in the spring, the studio offers outdoor classes on a 20-acre horse farm in Mullica Hill, New Jersey.
At Pilates Elite, Frances A. De Gori leads Pilates classes designed to strengthen cores, lengthen muscles, and transform bodies. She starts students out with between one and three private lessons, then guides them into basic mat sessions that focus on the principles and fundamental movements of Pilates. Once those fundamentals, along with breath work and balance, are honed, she leads participants in Level 2 mat classes and spine-correcting sessions that enhance spinal flexibility and abdominal control. Frances also instructs Fletcher Towelwork classes, which incorporate full-body movements in combination with resistance exercises.
Okinawa Kenpo Karate Academy teaches children so much more than self-defense. For more than 10 years, instructors armed with at least a bachelor's degree have combined classic fighting techniques with important character-building lessons centered on concepts such as kindness, confidence, personal safety, and the discipline to face opponents armed with cool trading cards. Adult classes instill the same skills, exploring basic martial arts techniques and granting a full-body workout without requiring any previous experience. Beyond their standard karate lessons, the experts also teach other martial arts—such as the self-defense techniques of krav maga, the slow, energetic movements of tai chi, and the somersaults and takedowns of capoeira—and teach general fitness classes, including Pilates.
In the eyes of an exercise enthusiast, 700 Fitness looks like a playground. Heavy ropes, tall boxes, and mallets wait to be hurled or jumped on. Bars of different heights support bodies as they swing up into the air, and elastic, neon straps provide resistance for challenging body-weight exercises.
But much like a ventriloquist dummy, the equipment is useless without some instruction. With the help of 700 Fitness's trained instructors, students weave through fitness circuits, KO punching bags, and learn how to always win The Floor is Lava game during parkour classes for all ages.