Like a fevered drum solo, gloves crack against a shuddering speed bag. In the corner, the familiar whoosh-slap of a jump rope sounds off. And inside the ring, shoes quietly shuffle against the canvas as a pair of fighters square off. Such is the scene each day at It's On! Boxing/MMA, where aspiring fighters and fitness seekers alike convene to prepare for a bout, hone their self-defense skills, or put themselves through a core-tightening, calorie-burning workout. The gym offers training programs for kids 5–13, as well as a core rotation of adult classes that include basic boxing, muay thai kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and boxing classes designed specifically for women.
Subversion Fitness helps those with fitness goals build stronger, firmer bodies through a roster of nine varied, boutique-style fitness classes. Spandex-clad soldiers join blistering boot-camp classes, scheduled as 40-minute midday sessions or early-bird meetings for out-of-shape ospreys. Instructors impart kinesthetic wisdom and lead clients in developing long, lean muscles through ballet-influenced barre body sessions, or empower students to push and pull their own body weight through TRX suspension training. Class participants also sweat during the confidence-bestowing moves of a cardio-kickboxing session or the fun, Latin-inspired Zumba dance class. Subversion's fitness fiends embrace a host of green techniques and practices, instituting a paperless paradigm, recycling water bottles, and adopting a filtration system for the coolers full of water that they dump on instructors after each successful class.
You can't get fit just by running or curling weights. A broad range of exercises always proves more effective, and that's why it is appropriate that Elena Ciccotelli, founder of TrainerDiva, Inc., draws on everything from ballet to yoga. Ballet-inspired strength-training classes, for example, tone muscles. Those muscles then become flexible in yoga sessions. During group classes, the studio might fill with the bouncing music that drives Zumba or the contented sighs of patrons finishing a core training session.
Skill and fitness level don't matter at Bikram Yoga Maple Shade. Every student shares the same path to self-improvement regardless of experience, performing the exact same sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises during all 90-minute sessions. Another constant is the practice room's thermostat, which remains set to 105 degrees at all times. This balmy heat intensifies an already challenging practice, but also helps to loosen tight muscles, which allows students to better sink into each stretch.
During classes, the sequence of seated and standing asanas has a natural progression, systematically engaging muscle groups and organ systems throughout the entire body. Continued practice can help students improve their strength, stamina, and flexibility. Additionally, each class acts as a form of moving meditation that requires the same kind of intense mental focus as recalling your kindergarten teacher's middle name.
Though Dan Campos has been playing baseball and other sports most of his life, after high school he knew he could still be in better shape. After losing 65 pounds, he decided to enter a natural-bodybuilding competition and fell in love with the sport. Today he’s a professional bodybuilder and spends his downtime training others at Dan Campos Fitness. While bodybuilding is his focus, Campos's training methods range from individual training—onsite or in-home—to group boot-camp classes. He even provides online nutritional counseling, which includes tips for eating healthy and downloadable restraining orders against cake itself. Campos's flexible approach has created some loyal clients, including one whom he helped to lose 200 pounds over two years.
With hundreds of locations throughout the world, Fitness Together contours the global musclescape one individual at a time with customized workouts. Beginning with a body consultation and assessment, clients are classified into different training zones leading to goal-specific programs that help them reach their true fitness potential. During the 45-minute sweat sessions, a trained muscle tutor supervises squats to ensure muscles are properly stretched and showered in both praise and post-perspiring soap. The one-on-one attention allows the trainer to fine-tune movements, tone trouble zones, and push students to keep going when they'd otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.