World Gym maintains its 35-year legacy of body-sculpting know-how at its various globe-spanning locations, jump-starting workout routines with cardio equipment, free weights, and more than 50 weekly exercise classes. Taught by certified trainers, classes at this 34,000 square foot facility include yoga, spin, and Zumba to name a few. After running, jumping, lifting, or stretching, exercisers can retire to saunas that vaporize stress with misty heat. A colorful, carpeted childcare center entertains youngsters as parents submit backs to certified massage therapists who wrestle tension out of muscles, and plenty of on-site parking is available.
Fueled by a certified staff and positive attitude, Can Do Fitness propels guests toward fitness goals with three high-end workout facilities and more than 25 types of exercise classes. Each location touts a cardio deck where exercisers jog and pedal, and an arsenal of weight machines that build brawn, ending fruitless searches for Paul Bunyan’s personal trainer. By pairing calorie-torching cardio with muscle-toning moves, fitness classes sculpt physiques from head to toe. Body Pump students lift barbells as motivating music fills the classroom, and yoga practitioners wield their own bodyweight during a flowing series of poses and stretches. Packed with resistance training and plyometric jumping drills, boot camps challenge muscles with dumbbells, BOSU balls, and tough long-division problems. Consult the Edgewater, Princeton, and Short Hills schedules for class times.
The bold red and black hues of CKO-Edgewater's fitness facility inspire intensity in exercisers pummel hanging heavy bags with kicks and punches. In each class, students burn calories and tone physiques under the tutelage of an enthusiastic instructor and their sidekick, an actual side kick. Or, students can work with staff one-on-one in 30-, 45-, or 60-minute personal training sessions that can incorporate weight training as well as kickboxing techniques.
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Stacy draws from more than 17 years experience in outdoor fitness training when leading her classes atop the pavement and under the trees of New York City parks. Using a background in tae kwon do, capoeira, kickboxing, and boot-camp drills, Stacy creates high-intensity routines that combine cardio and strength exercises that can be adjusted for various fitness levels. She forgoes fancy machines and instead uses the environment, sculpting strong arms with 15-pound weights brought in by clients or wiping sweat from the brow with a nearby leaf.
Stacy doesn’t just stay active through boot-camp instruction: She also leads an active lifestyle speaking at workshops and corporate events. Furthermore, she contributes articles to the Huffington Post, leads retreats, and teaches fitness while traveling to international locales, such as India.
Helmed by owners with professional dance experience, Pilates Shop/Yoga Garage forges steely abdominals and razor-sharp focus with intimately sized Pilates sessions. The 55-minute classes give instructors a venue for conducting kinesthetic symphonies of harmoniously arching sinews. Small groups of no more than five students work through a choreographed regimen that includes mat work, reformers, and learning the perfect sweater-folding technique. Instructors pay careful attention to each individual, helping hone students’ mastery of the laser-focused concentration and meticulously controlled motions that characterize Pilates. Armed with an understanding of proper form, students can begin to improve their posture and balance and bolster the mental focus needed to solve hieroglyphic crossword puzzles.
A writer–producer–director with nearly 20 years of industry experience, Chris Soth has garnered credits including the 1998 action-adventure film Firestorm, as well as several independent projects. Through in-person seminars or his book Million Dollar Screenwriting, Soth divulges his personal philosophy of screenwriting known as the Mini-Movie Method, in which he breaks down the often-intimidating structure of feature films into eight digestible sequences.