The certified fitness instructors at Try Me Fitness Studio use multiple methods to help individuals attain their personal fitness goals. Boot-camp and Zumba classes combine cardio with different brands of strengthening movements, and yoga sessions help clear minds while fortifying core muscles. Wall-to-wall mirrors follow students’ every pushup and head spin in the brightly lit studio, and a number of workout apparatuses help them along the way.
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.
"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."
At CrossFit732 at Absolute Strength, it’s not uncommon to find people flipping truck tires, doing pull-ups, or climbing a rope to the ceiling. Outside, someone might be pulling a jeep with their bare hands. If doesn’t sound like a typical workout, that’s because it’s not—cofounders Rob Esposito and Jerry Andrews have built more than a simple gym, assembling a fitness school and community based on support for one other and the unceasing push to test physical limits.
Like a teenager’s mood, the workouts change each day, adhering to CrossFit’s principles of varied, functional movements. Sessions may combine cardio, such as running and jumping with weightlifting, kettlebell exercises, and body-weight exercise, such as pushups, pull-ups, and burpees. The staff, which includes CrossFit-certified trainers and a former military police officer in the US Navy, also leads programs such as youth conditioning and training for sports including weightlifting and Red Rover.
For nearly two decades, USA Karate & Fitness Official Training Center’s experienced martial artists have taught students the foundations of karate and self-defense and encouraged them to approach life with positivity. As eager students observe, the certified instructors at each of USA Karate & Fitness Official Training Center's five locations lead them through age-appropriate karate classes, helping them overcome fear and obstacles through basic karate stances and maneuvers. Strength and poise surge within pupils during mixed martial-arts training, helping practitioners harness leverage to administer self-defense blows. Likewise, cardio kickboxing workouts burn calories and impart defense techniques through punching, kicking, and nail-sharpening exercises. Between training sessions, the trainers incorporate karate lessons and Nerf wars into in-studio birthday parties that invite kids and their friends to celebrate a special day under their guidance.
Co-owners Patrick Cabello and Brian Cirillo have firsthand knowledge of what it takes to be inspired to get fit. Patrick learned how much dedication it takes when he transformed his body from 230 pounds with more than 25% body fat to a chiseled 185 pounds. Brian spent years as a personal trainer, spurring his students toward their fitness goals with enthusiasm. Today, the fitness gurus use their hard-won experience to handpick a fleet of instructors they determine to be friendly, focused, and charismatic enough to motivate exercisers toward their own personal transformations. Inside the 2,400-square-foot studio, the instructors lead hip-shaking Zumba classes to strengthen cores, spinning classes that whip hearts into a cardio frenzy, and kickboxing sessions to equip students with defensive moves and Rockette-intimidating high kicks. Personal trainers can help gym-goers devise a strategy for achieving fitness goals, or visitors can attack the studio's cattle ropes, poles, punching bags, and monkey bars on their own.