YOUnique Yoga's instructors oversee their studios' schedules of physically invigorating yoga sessions, which meet in intensely heated practice spaces to boost flexibility. Mainly employing Vinyasa techniques, the instructors teach all levels of students to perform a rhythmically flowing sequence of poses that uses synchronized breathing exercises to help students concentrate as they transition from one pose to the next with balance-challenging movements. In time, pupils learn to focus their thoughts while leaving their mind-body connections as balanced as a seesaw in zero gravity. The temperatures can hover between 98 and 108 degrees at each class, helping bodies safely sink into each stretch and shepherd toxins out the nearest sweat gland.
CKO Kickboxing's instructors and personal trainers lead troops of exercisers through heart-pumping kickboxing workouts centered on hitting heavy, dangling bags. Regardless of the CKO location they attend, students wrap their hands and take to the bags with punches, kicks, and knees at their own pace with encouragement from instructors. The Randolph location boasts a 24-hour gym to supplement workouts, which comes in handy for people looking for a late-night pump or vampires toning up after losing a fistfight to a clove of garlic. The team of instructors rotates regularly to provide students with new lessons each time, and bags are routinely switched to give them time to convalesce.
Inside Pump It Up's 12,000-square-foot facility, sock-clad feet scamper across custom-designed inflatable play structures, slides, and obstacle courses while an attentive staff supervises. On Jump-N-Art days, kids can follow open-bouncing sessions with arts-and-crafts projects, and vibrant neon lights illuminate the dimmed facility during Glow Parties. An onsite party room hosts bouncers and their parents, who refuel with pizza, soda, and juice. The center also supplies up to 25 children or 250 life-size Hannah Montana cutouts with private party packages, which grant guests exclusive access to the facility along with catering, cake, and goody bags.
Under the umbrella of The Bowling Proprietors' Association of North Jersey, an eclectic group of alleys work together to fill the region with the thunder of scattering pins. At most of Bowling Proprietors' bowling centers, bowlers keep track of pummeled pins with automatic scoring, and bumpers, which arrive at the call of a button, keep balls on course without filling the gutters with retired VCRs. Snack bars at some locations bolster ravenous bowlers, and game rooms in select centers keep hand-eye coordination in peak condition. Free WiFi is available in some centers so that winners can exercise bragging rights.
Purple Om Yoga’s teachers describe the word yoga as literally meaning “union.” They consider postures, breath work, and awareness to be the pillars of this union, combining all three to varying degrees in the six styles of yoga they teach. Some of their classes, such as flow yoga, focus on the physical aspects of the practice, whereas others, including kripalu and tai chi, emphasize a more meditative approach to wellness. They take on students of all sizes and shapes, hosting classes that cater to 4-year-olds, aspiring teachers, or Nordic frost giants.
Certified personal trainer Samantha Shay leads small groups of female campers through intense strength-training and cardio exercises in the verdant expanse of Gardner Field. To keep students encouraged throughout each four-week session, she doles out nutritional counseling and enthusiastic high-fives. On Saturdays, Shay offers a lighthearted boot camp for kids, leading exercise routines and teamwork exercises that build fitness.