Though the Fitness Factory’s classes, weight-loss center, and personal trainers embody the efficiency that the gym’s name suggests, its commitment to personalizing the gym-going experience diverges from the idea of a factory. Each of the three upscale locations—outfitted with unique amenities—is designed specifically for different types of exercisers. In Palisades Park, the building’s three floors embody various disciplines: the first floor teaches endurance, the second floor's concentration is sports performance, and the third floor focuses on strength training. The Rockaway spot blends exercise and entertainment with a cinema room that projects the latest blockbusters on a true silver screen as members hit the treadmills. Edgewater builds communities and core strength with Pilates reformer classes, hot-yoga studios, and rooftop yoga sessions where guests can salute the sun and shame lazy clouds. No matter the location, each gym pampers members with saunas, babysitting services in a toy-filled playroom, and a smoothie bar stocked with healthy postworkout snacks designed to help build muscle.
Club Metro USA believes that it takes more than rows of exercise machines and a couple of dumbbells to create a desirable workout experience. At all of their Club Metro USA locations throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, founders Emile Farina and Mike Sullivan strive to treat their members less like anonymous gym grunters and more like guests at a stress-free vacation resort. The calorie-eliminating haven features a streamlined decor and innovative workout equipment, along with classes and programs for all skill levels, including yoga, boxing, and dancing, along with amenities such as personal trainers, tanning booths, a juice bar, and a Kids’ Club playroom for unleashed toddlers.
East Coast Fitness’s 20,000 square feet house separate rooms for martial arts, spinning, group workouts, massages, and general exercise. On the main floor, strength-training machines, cardio machines, and free weights occupy separate areas, with additional room sectioned off for stability ball exercise and a herd of eight punching bags. Certified trainers and instructors also lead more than 15 classes that range from spinning and Pilates to yoga, kickboxing, agility training, and Zumba. In the lobby, a juice bar refreshes hungry athletes and a separate room offers free childcare.
Strength and stability start at the core. That's why every exercise class at Core Assets Fitness focuses on fine-tuning the ab muscles until they're virtually indestructible. For a taste of core training, hop atop a Bosu ball. Whether the piece of equipment is placed round- or flat-side-up, balancing on it chisels the core.
Pablo Toribio began racing BMX bikes at age 12, and went on to win national championships in the Dominican Republic before joining the American Motocross Association. He has racked up awards in both countries, placed in the top three of the Campmor H2H 2009 mountain bike race series, and even won the championship title for his division during his first year of mountain bike racing. As much as he thrives on competing, Toribio is equally passionate about training others. “A great fitness trainer not only helps an individual reach a specific goal, but also helps the person integrate fitness as a way of life,” Pablo shares on his website.
At Pablo Fitness, Toribio and his staff adopt this approach through their lineup of fitness classes. During their energizing sessions, the staff encourages students to jumpstart their health, whether they’re gaining an appreciation for cycling through spinning classes, finding balance through yoga classes, or getting toned in body sculpting classes, a more effective means to buffing up than drawing muscles on your arms.
At Energy Fitness & Performance Center, members can decide what workout suits them best. That's because the sprawling facility allows them to exercise on their own, in a group, or one-on-one with a personal trainer. They can create a personalized workout with treadmills, ellipticals, and free weights in the sun-soaked gym. Or, they can head to the studio for fitness classes such as spinning, Zumba, and boot camp. They can also get pointers on bench-pressing and building muscles during personal training sessions. These sessions are designed to help members reach individual goals such as completing a marathon or having a town in Greece unveil you as a Zeus statue.