Although it sounds like an equation dreamed up by a sedentary scientist, IM=X stands for something that?s anything but sedentary: Integrated Movement eXercise. In its 16 years of existence, this fitness method has drawn the attention of media outlets such as Shape, Self, and the New York Times. The program?s concept stemmed from founder Elyse McNergney?s Pilates certifications, MA in movement science, and EdM in exercise physiology from Columbia University.
Elyse devised a method for teaching students how to stabilize their core-muscle groups while keeping the spine elongated and safe during the workout. The outcome she helps clients achieve is a decompressed spine, better posture, and the ability to provide piggyback rides for 12 toddlers at a time. Her program has also been used to rehabilitate professional athletes, dancers, and patients suffering from chronic pain.
Operating from within the Chiropractic Wellness Center of Clifton, the intimate workout space is filled with IM=X reformer machines. A mural of Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada, gazes on serenely as students perform workouts inspired by not only Pilates but yoga, cycling, cardio, and ballet barre.
The instructors at Vida Wellness Studio help patrons work towards fitness and overall happiness through workshops and fitness classes. Chattering drumbeats ripple from speakers during belly-dance sessions, which draw on techniques from Oriental, Caribbean, and Latin American dance traditions to bolster flexibility and build core strength. Little feet patter on the floor during kids’ classes that encourage fitness and self-expression through dance. When not eliciting choruses of relaxed sighs through yoga poses, instructors draw upon boxing and martial-arts techniques to tone your physique and make it more believable that Die Hard was based on your life. Core strengthening is maximized by controlled movement through Pilates training. Special wellness events at the center have included nutrition classes and musical jam sessions.
Real Body Boot Camp founder Bernadette Silva has always made time to work out. Even when while running her private psychology practice and raising three energetic kids, she developed her own high-octane workout regimen. With a blend of boxing, yoga, Pilates, and sports drills, participants burn fat and build lean, powerful muscles through fun exercises that fully engage the mind and body, unlike boring runs on the treadmill or the confusing twists and turns on stationary bikes. In addition to strengthening bodies with TRX, boot camps, yoga, and barre classes, clients build valuable self-defense skills through krav maga training under martial arts expert David Ordini.
The royal-blue mat beckons fighters to test their skills, drawing on bujinkan budo taijutsu and ancient Japanese fighting techniques. But Bujinkan Bukeyashiki Dojo doesn't expect them to achieve the skills to succeed on their own. The dojo leads ninja classes for young kids, shinobi classes for teens, and self-defense classes for adults to get them prepared to strike, grapple, and manipulate joints, plus use weapons and survive against multiple attackers.
Clifton Yoga Center focuses on the Kripalu yoga tradition—a form of Hatha yoga that asks its practitioners to rely on inner focus, meditation, standard yoga poses, and breathing exercises. Classes are taught by a certified Kripalu yoga instructor with 18 years of experience in the discipline.