World Gym maintains its 35-year legacy of body-sculpting know-how at its various globe-spanning locations, jump-starting workout routines with cardio equipment, free weights, and more than 50 weekly exercise classes. Taught by certified trainers, classes at this 34,000 square foot facility include yoga, spin, and Zumba to name a few. After running, jumping, lifting, or stretching, exercisers can retire to saunas that vaporize stress with misty heat. A colorful, carpeted childcare center entertains youngsters as parents submit backs to certified massage therapists who wrestle tension out of muscles, and plenty of on-site parking is available.
The bold red and black hues of CKO-Edgewater's fitness facility inspire intensity in exercisers pummel hanging heavy bags with kicks and punches. In each class, students burn calories and tone physiques under the tutelage of an enthusiastic instructor and their sidekick, an actual side kick. Or, students can work with staff one-on-one in 30-, 45-, or 60-minute personal training sessions that can incorporate weight training as well as kickboxing techniques.
The Hudson River and Manhattan’s skyline can supplant mundane indoor scenery for groups of CrossFit students hurling kettlebells or running down the dock. CrossFit Giant, set right on the water either on the dock or in its fully equipped studio, challenges guests with high-energy workouts that change daily. The CrossFit technique, used by military special ops and police academies, is scaled by intensity and load. This allows the staff to accommodate students of all fitness levels, challenging the whole body with jump roping, squats, and sprints, the three of which should never be combined into one simultaneous maneuver.
The early morning sun cascades off the Hudson River, sending beams of dawn dancing across the wooden dock where students flow through Vinyasa-style poses in tandem with the rhythmic sound of waves. Against this scenic backdrop accented by the silhouettes of distant skyscrapers, certified instructors demonstrate postures as the class makes its way through the tapestry of asanas. This is how most mornings begin at Casa Vinyasa Yoga, setting the tone of calm and serenity that carries throughout the day. The studio, which boasts panoramic views of New York City in the colder months and dock-top classes in the spring and summer, houses a collection of passionate instructors who collectively put their 200–500 hours of training to use leading classes for students of all fitness levels. Each of these teachers found yoga in their own way, some turning to it in the midst of a lonely marriage, others using it to find sanctuary from unfulfilling corporate jobs or lackluster games of Twister. They channel their distinctive passion for the practice in each of invigorating classes, which range from yoga fundamentals to more rigorous sessions such as Forrest Yoga that aims to build core strength.
Fueled by a certified staff and positive attitude, Can Do Fitness propels guests toward fitness goals with three high-end workout facilities and more than 25 types of exercise classes. Each location touts a cardio deck where exercisers jog and pedal, and an arsenal of weight machines that build brawn, ending fruitless searches for Paul Bunyan’s personal trainer. By pairing calorie-torching cardio with muscle-toning moves, fitness classes sculpt physiques from head to toe. Body Pump students lift barbells as motivating music fills the classroom, and yoga practitioners wield their own bodyweight during a flowing series of poses and stretches. Packed with resistance training and plyometric jumping drills, boot camps challenge muscles with dumbbells, BOSU balls, and tough long-division problems. Consult the Edgewater, Princeton, and Short Hills schedules for class times.
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.
The dynamic instructors at each of the six centers teach a holistic approach to yoga and noncombative martial arts that targets flexibility, strength, breathing, and energy sensitivity. Schedules vary from studio to studio, with regular open-level classes such as those at BR Holistic Healing integrating a core regimen of stretching, breathing, and strengthening postures that improve keg-stand techniques tremendously. Vibration sessions at the Body & Brain Center in Metuchen and Dahn Yoga in Closter and Oradell can release stagnant energy and recharge bodies to take on exhausting second jobs impersonating the Energizer bunny at birthday parties. Instructors monitor students' progress, suggesting home-workout plans tailored to personal strengths and vulnerability to fire.