The Gateway Family YMCA works to strengthen their community and foster healthy lifestyles in more than 13 neighborhoods throughout Eastern Union and Middlesex counties. To that end, the staffers at the four area branches lead programs geared toward youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. They motivate folks of all ages to get fit during swimming and fitness classes, and teach kids lifelong skills during day camps.
At Golden Eagle Judo & Jiu-Jitsu, there's no wrong way to exercise. The studio splits time between martial training in the soft arts—focusing on throws, takedowns, and joint locks—and Zumba dancing. In either class, teachers impart new skills, inspire confidence, and burn calories. They teach all Zumba classes as drop-in parties, while the martial-arts classes typically come as unlimited monthly memberships, which include a uniform.
When Tina Cristiano signed up for her first Zumba workshop, the only thing she knew about the program was that it involved Latin dance moves. She soon became addicted to the high-energy workout and encouraged her friend, Brianne Galante, to give it a chance. Within a few years after their first encounter with Zumba, both Tina and Brianne became instructors and opened Feel Good Fitness to spread the health benefits of the rhythm-filled routines. Today, they teach Zumba?which blends hip-shaking dance steps and international music?to students of all ages and skill levels. Tina and Brianne meticulously select each song and craft routines by blending traditional Latin steps dance styles including salsa, cumbia, and merengue with moves inspired by belly dancing and African rhythms. When they aren't helping classes swagger toward svelte frames, Tina and Brianne bring their encouragement to the community at large, hosting charity events to support worthy causes and volunteering for shifts on local superhero teams.
Zumba Fitness New Jersey's licensed head instructor Melissa Marcketta and her enthusiastic staff lead over thirty light-hearted, hip-swiveling Latin dance workouts per week across five locations. During one-hour Zumba with Zumba Toning classes, students become acquainted with pulse-pounding dance moves and strength training exercises that create physiques as tight and toned as a bass drum crafted from recycled Tarzan posters. The calorie-crushing combination of aerobic gyrations and shimmy-infused strength training is accessible for all ability levels. The studio employs multiple instructors to ensure varied workouts, eclectic soundtracks, and a spectrum of opinions surrounding the optimal peanut-butter-to-broccoli ratio for a postworkout sandwich.
Image 2000 isn?t kidding around with its goal to have the best programs for women's fitness. A tour of the gym reveals an advanced cardio fitness room where each machine has its own LCD TV, a huge calendar of aerobics classes taught by professionals, and a diverse selection of classes ranging from Pilates and yoga to Zumba and free-weight sessions. An onsite kids? area is equipped with video games and entertainment to occupy little minds while their parents work out.
For clients who need a break after a workout, Image 2000's spa has a menu of relaxing massages, soothing facials, and professional makeup services to make faces look as toned as quads and vestigial underbiceps.