H. W. Bressaw has been teaching karate, specifically as a prominent instructor of Kimura Shukokai, since 1966. That's nearly half a century of correcting stances, building self-confidence, and demonstrating effective self-defense techniques. His unique style stresses technical aspects of physical techniques, which helps make it possible for a person of any size, age, or gender to defend themselves. Today, he leads a highly experienced team of instructors trained to carry forth the mission he started so long ago. H. W. Bressaw and his team specialize in a timeless art known as kata, which builds karate skills while quieting the mind. They also teach a sparring technique known as kumite to their most adventurous students, who learn respect and attention to detail through the ancient art.
"In three years, I've never repeated a workout. Who wants to do the same thing over and over again?" said Total Core Fit Camp?s head trainer, Ryan Toth, according to Fighting For Life. The seasoned athlete's creative, constantly varied workouts have drawn more than 400 fitness seekers to his program and earned a feature on News 12's Get Fit Fridays. Amid his studio's pull-up bars, kettlebells, and punching bags, Ryan and his staff of fellow certified trainers lead functional workouts, favoring blasting through total-body movements over working on weight machines or running on treadmills. Ryan?s dedication to fitness seeps into his personal life as well, as you can spot his wife Dori sweating alongside him while their three young children watch and record their critiques.
Ryan and the trainers encourage their students to achieve healthy lifestyles beyond the classroom with nutritional counseling, arming them with custom meal plans, nutrition tips, and wholesome recipes. His online program provides busier patrons with complete at-home workouts, enabling them to bust moves at home or during their manager's long-winded motivational speech at the office.
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.
Black Belt Institute hosts a variety of fitness and martial-arts classes for students of all ages. Children's classes, which start at age 4, include karate, tae kwon do, and kung fu, and emphasize self-esteem and confidence. Adult classes include yoga, tai chi, and cardio kickboxing, and work to reduce stress and build positive self-image while bolstering self-defense.
Students Should Bring: Water, towel, and mat
Average Class Length: 60?90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Please hydrate before, during, and after class. Eat one hour prior to class?a small, light snack.
After falling in love with hot yoga in 2010, Jiva Hot Yoga's owner, Sybil, dreamed of opening her very own studio. So she trained in the Barkan Method and became a yoga teacher herself. Along the way, she found a mentor in her sister, Sharon, a fellow yoga teacher who believed so much in her sister's dream that she now works as the manager at Jiva.
The sisters both love how hot yoga releases stress, boosts flexibility, torches calories, and helps detoxify the body. Their Barkan classes take place in a room heated to 105 degrees, and their warm classes, such as Warm Soul Vinyasa, occur in a comfortable 85 degrees. They also offer Broga, a yoga class designed for men but open to all. They encourage participants to stay hydrated throughout the day before class and to cool off afterward by watching White Christmas.
"This is a non-judgment zone. We want to empower women," said Jennifer Hall, the owner of Pole to Pole Fitness, to NJ.com in a 2010 article. Her classes—in such disciplines as pole dancing, belly dancing, and chair dancing—certainly fit the bill. Pole to Pole's workouts are accessible to ladies of any age or athletic ability, requiring nothing more than comfortable workout gear. The classes improve her students' health as well: "You're picking up your body weight. You're working out but you don't feel like you're working out. You're having fun."