Doug Petschow founded Strength and Fitness Club as a complete haven of healthy living. The 19,000-quare-foot club does the basics right?each piece of equipment on the cardio platform features USB ports for charging an iPod or cell phone, cooling fans, and a flat-screen high-definition TV on which exercisers can catch their favorite shows or watch their kids playing in the Mini Muscles Daycare through a special channel. Lock-and-load selectorized equipment eliminates the need for pins, and a nine-piece circuit training area guides members through a full-body workout in half an hour. The staff stocks the free-weight area with dumbbells, plates, Hammer Strength equipment, and power racks, and there's also a separate, padded ab area set up with BOSU balls, mats, and other equipment. Four fitness studios host boot camps, yoga, spin, and other classes on the bustling group-class schedule, including mixed martial arts in a dedicated space. Meanwhile, personal trainers help members home in on specific goals, such as toning their muscles or lifting their entire teddy-bear collection into bed at once.
But Petschow didn't stop there. He set up a juice bar where members could wash down turkey burgers with protein shakes after a hard workout. To help members look and feel even more fabulous, he set up a massage studio and tanning beds onsite. The staff keeps the locker rooms and neatly tiled showers sparkling, cleaning them twice a day.
Debbie Coury was a child when she began dancing at Yvette Dance Studio. The passion cultivated in that community-focused studio catapulted her career, as she went on to dance on Broadway and in Atlantic City. Though she had a taste for the glamour of a big production, she was thrilled to return back to Yvette studio, which began as a focused training program in 1954, as head instructor. She has recruited professional dancers and certified-fitness instructors, along with guest Broadway dancers and choreographers to train children aged 3 or older and adults alike in dance fundamentals. Whether classical and barre ballet, tap, or jazz-funk hip-hop, they frequently incorporate character and lyrical work to familiarize students with all the elements of performing onstage and stomping out Morse-code commands to the band conductor.
In lieu of recitals, instructors dance alongside their youngest students in dance demonstrations, where students show their parents what they've learned without the pressure of performance or lights and makeup. Older children work out new techniques in front of judges for regular testing and receive specific feedback to foster a sense of accomplishment. With instruction spanning nearly 60 years, many former dancers now bring their own children to studio classes held in the original private home, a building that now hosts three private studios. Additionally, many former dancers have employed their movement skills to join companies such as the Rockettes, Alvin Ailey, and Geoffrey Ballet.
Gamers Baseball Academy busts summer’s monopoly on the game, giving athletes an indoor, year-round destination where they can learn the ins and outs of both baseball and softball from a crack staff of college coaches, professional athletes, and college players. The 10,000-square-foot facility nurtures players with its collection of hitting and pitching tunnels, batting cages, defense areas, and a changing room for molting mascots.
Gamers Baseball Academy can adapt to meet the training needs of each individual boy and girl or an entire squad. Athletes can then put their newfound skills to work on the academy’s own baseball and softball teams to recreate the live games’ speeds and intricacies no matter the month.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Though now spread over the United States with 27 locations, Crunch Fitness gym started in a basement-level aerobics studio in New York City. Despite the humble location, the gym's founders aspired to foster a workout environment that would keep members exercising through entertainment and not shouting from drill-sergeant-like trainers. Their idea was to host fitness classes with offbeat touches, including hip-hop aerobics featuring a live rapper and coed action wrestling.
Twenty years later, Crunch Fitness's fitness classes still stray from the beaten path. Body Web with TRX sessions suspend members from a pillar, where they complete gravity-defying maneuvers with help from strong resistance ropes. In Bosu Bootcamp, every exercise is completed on an apparatus that is part balance ball, part core board, and fully endorsed by circus seals nationwide.
How do you make CrossFit's notorious workout of the day even more challenging? Well, judging from this video on CrossFit 135's website, you make students complete the squats, body presses, and other functional movements upside down.
Regardless of whether you find yourself inverted, upright, or floating in midair, you'll get an intense workout at this innovative fitness studio in Clark. And though words like "intense" sound scary, they shouldn't; CrossFit's workouts can be scaled and modified to anyone's fitness abilities.