Sometimes it's hard to find the motivation to go to the gym?especially when you're comfy on the couch and there's a good movie on TV. Enter Retro Fitness's Cardio Movie Theater, which screens movies from the last few decades in a room equipped with tons of cardio machines. If movies aren't your thing, other areas of the gyms have treadmills with DirecTV and iPod capabilities, stationary bikes with internet connections, and free weights you can pretend are microphones and sing into.
These high-tech touches have helped Retro Fitness become a national phenomenon, with more than 100 locations across the country and an appearance on Undercover Boss. In addition to countless machines, the gyms boast personal trainers, cross training, and a schedule of group classes. Before working out, members can hit the pro shop for Under Armour gear, workout gloves, and other accessories; afterward, they can replenish their bodies with protein-infused smoothies from the Retro Blends smoothie bar.
What do New York Fashion Week 2011, the Fall Into Beauty Tour, and Jerseylicious have in common? They all featured the award-winning makeup looks of Ereny Milad. Winner of WeddingWire's Brides Choice Award 2011 and 2012 and The Knot's Best of Weddings 2012 and 2013, the MAC Pro makeup artist and owner of LUSH ARTISTRY also served as a resident makeup artist at New York Fashion Week from 2008–2012. Harnessing her skills of contouring, highlighting facial features, and hiding blemishes, Milad—along with her staff of expert beautifiers—brings out clients' natural beauty with a slate of services including glamorous makeovers, airbrushing, and bridal makeup. Milad also leads hands-on classes, during which students learn the secrets behind her dramatic runway makeup and understated everyday looks for cleaning the bathtub.
Chances are you know a kid who plays video games too often. That's why childcare professional Jessica Koonts founded Super Happy Fun Time Gym. She wanted to create a place where parents and their youngsters could play and where kids could develop crucial life skills, such as socializing with others and using cookies to bribe siblings into doing their chores. The fun takes place during the gym's programs, which have structured and nonstructured activities for kids ages 6 months to 5 years.
Jumping Jungle features eight brightly colored inflatables, but green is the most prominent color. That's because the 10,000-square-foot family-owned facility prides itself on being ecofriendly and uses earth-friendly products to clean all of its equipment daily. That equipment includes an 18-foot slide, private indoor bounce rooms, bounce houses, and obstacle courses, available for open-jump sessions and birthday parties. In addition to inflatable fun, Jumping Jungle offers arcade games, as well as a viewing area for parents, which includes free WiFi.
East Brunswick Luxury Cinemas 13 mans more than 200 screens from the Midwest to the West Coast. In each theater, digital projectors enthrall audience members seated in comfy stadium-style chairs with vivid images, and surround-sound speakers crisply broadcast every roar of an engine in hot pursuit and every romantic slurp of soda. To make the cinematic experience maximally cushy, guests at many locations also can sink into luxury leather seating and chew thoughtfully on East Brunswick Luxury Cinemas 13's signature $1 hot dogs.