Dance Time of New Jersey’s expert teachers lead students of all experience levels across the wooden floors during various dance classes. They teach a variety of styles, such as ballroom, Argentine tango and swing, and encourage students to try out their new skills during social dance parties. These parties help students contextualize their lessons by practicing with a variety of partners and conducting exceedingly formal small talk.
Sunlight streams into The Fitness Loft, bouncing off the shiny wood floors and exposed-brick walls and illuminating the small group of exercisers as they dance, box, and stretch. A team of expert instructors leads a plethora of classes aimed to help guests reach their fitness goals, such as Zumba, boxing for fitness, and fitness boot camps.
At What Are U Eating?, a trained nutritionist draws upon her wide knowledge of dietary theory and lifestyle coaching to help her clients reach optimal mental and physical health. The holistic-health counselor helps guests set and accomplish realistic goals through training sessions, email support, and easy recipes. She also hosts yoga and Zumba classes once a week and offers occasional health workshops, such as Healing Oils of the Bible.
A team of expert trainers designed the fitness programs at Apex Fitness Boot Camp to challenge those who work out regularly as well as less-active participants trying to get back into shape. The intensive indoor and outdoor workouts boost metabolism and tone musculature for slimmer, more chiseled edifices. Each session combines both cardio and strength training, using 30 pieces of functional training equipment such as TRX suspension, workout ropes, sand bags, kettlebells, spin bikes, and agility poles to draw together the primal movement patterns—such as squats, crunches, lunges, and gait-enhancing strides—that hark back to when humans were amoebic ninjas splashing in primordial soup. An ever-changing routine keeps workouts from getting stale, and a recess-inspired game at the end of each session adds a dose of fun to the fitness program.
Campers who attend sessions three to five days a week torch calories, oust body fat, and usher in lean, toned muscle. Expert fitness gurus encourage clients to work at their own pace, allowing even the most out-of-shape or octagon-shaped person to break a sweat without feeling the heat of competition. To stay on track, participants take part in bi-monthly fitness-performance testing and weekly weigh-ins tracked by software that lets them check their progress any time of the day or night.
Pamela “Dee” Charles began her career as a cosmetology apprentice, where she learned how to cater to all types of skin sensitivities and determined that makeup art is her true passion. Now an established and trained artist, she shares her expertise with clients who require gussying up for weddings, proms, and editorial photo shoots. As an added bonus to her skin treatments and makeovers, she explains her process to her clients so that they can replicate their new looks at home.
If Robert Jones III of Riley FAST looks familiar, it might be because his DVD workouts play in living rooms across the country via Comcast Fitness On Demand. Robert—who holds a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a certification from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America—draws on more than 10 years of personal-training experience to help his clients reach their fitness goals. He holds individual and buddy personal-training sessions, as well as sport-specific sessions that focus on proper form and technique. He also conducts group classes such as boot camps, Zumba, and core classes that help individuals meet their goals in a supportive environment.
Sensei and trainers converge in Voltage’s studio to teach the ancient art of karate to kids and teens, or amp up heart rates with more modern fitness classes. Adults work out alongside peers in six upbeat and challenging group classes, the majority of which incorporate a dance-party atmosphere. Both belly dancing and Red Hot Dance help exercisers shimmy off calories and tone physiques with a variety of moves, from core-toning twirls to fast-paced choreography set to Top 40 hits. For a more sporting session, Piloxing blends the cardiovascular workout of boxing’s bobbing and weaving with the same ab-strengthening Pilates moves that boxers use to celebrate a KO.
Meanwhile, in the kids' studio, Leopard Cub classes (4–6 year olds) teaches the basics of karate, while the junior’s club (for 7–10 year olds) builds on those foundational lessons with more advanced kicks and punches. Karate instructors extend their fighting fervor to teenagers and adults, bringing the two age groups together more effectively than a Pat Boone Sings Carly Rae Jepson album.