In addition to the toned muscles created by their workouts, the relationships formed with each client are what the trainers at Iconic Fitness take the most pride in. The fitness experts strive to interact with clients directly, whether in personal-training sessions or group classes, to help them safely and efficiently reach their fitness goals. Beyond the workouts, Iconic Fitness's staff makes the gym-going experience as enjoyable as possible, fostering a non-intimidating atmosphere to make visits more fun and decorating the outside of their facilities with greenery and waterfalls in case members have to imagine that they're Tarzan in order to build muscle.
A body that works out will become healthier, but a mind that gets bored will stop taking its body to the gym. Luckily, people find it easy to stay interested in exercise at The Club at Morristown, which houses a range of cardio equipment, weight training machines, fitness classes, and a lap pool that together create innumerable ways to get in shape. The in-house staff of trainers and nutritionists assess each member’s health and lifestyle for free when they first join the gym, helping them set realistic goals and create habits that will help them achieve those goals. And by partaking of the gym’s many classes—such as hip hop dance, spin, boxing, and powerlifting—guests can push through plateaus and prevent the workout boredom that leads to decreased motivation and a higher likelihood of creating a fort with the gym’s magazine subscriptions. For exercise sans electronics, the facility also features a 30-yard sprint track and a functional training area.
Having studied ballet, tap dance, and Greek folk dance in her youth, Maria Kyriakakis has cultivated a lifelong fervor for world music, movement, and fitness. When she discovered Zumba—which combines her passions into a single, energetic workout—she was immediately hooked and board-stomped her way into a certification.
Meanwhile, her future husband Pedro Concalves—a dancer trained at London Contemporary Dance School—had moved to New York to study Eagle Claw kung fu, becoming one of only six people in the world to receive certification from Grandmaster Leung Shum. Today, the espoused duo leads dance and martial-arts training sessions in a studio that looks for all the world like the setting for Neo and Morpheus' first fight in The Matrix. Inside, under a vaulted ceiling, a team of instructors holds Zumba dance-fitness classes, tribal-fusion belly-dance classes, and Northern Shaolin–style Eagle Claw kung fu classes.
Fitness Factory's three North Jersey locations each have their own distinctive features, but they share at least one common trait: a dedication to help clients achieve personal wellness. Each staff of trainers offers personal training sessions and also leads group classes that range from fast-paced Zumba and boot camp to more mellow yoga classes conducted by sloths. To further accommodate clients, the fitness clubs offer a smoothie bar, sauna, and babysitting services.
No Body Denied—that’s what the NBD in NBD Training Zone for Women stands for. An offshoot of NBD Fitness in Springfield, the facility was started as a place where ladies could come to transform their lifestyles, improve their physique, or boost their confidence amongst a community of like-minded people. The instructors lead 60 group fitness classes each week, a diverse array of exercise methods that includes everything from TRX and spinning to yoga and Pilates. The Pilates reformer sessions are designated for small groups; if you need some personal attention or are afraid you’ll yell your ATM pin number during exercise, the studio offers private personal training sessions.
Ethel first started her body-sculpting business, B Fit Studio, by trundling equipment from home to home. Within a few years, she parlayed that initial success into a stroller-fitness program and group classes in her Pequannock studio while still sticking to the in-home sessions that helped her build her brand. In her inclusive studio, kids, tweens, and grownups jump into lifestyle-changing, calorie-blasting workouts that range from Barre core and mixed-level yoga to Fusion Method and Zumba. Repeat students never experience the same workout, as staff customize each class so that it differs from the last. Alternatively, clients can work one-on-one with personal trainers, or bring a fitness friend for extra motivation during the B Fit Buddy sessions. Buggy boot camp training helps moms get in shape, using the stroller as resistance while their infants encourage them with choreographed cheerleading routines.