The track and field training staff at SCI has coached and trained more than 30,000 athletes—and that statistic is always growing. At his training facility, Sports Conditioning Institute, he and his team encourage athletes with sports-specific training, focusing on games including hockey and volleyball, and lead fit-seekers in two boot-camp styles. The common thread running through every workout is Vaccaro’s focus on avoiding overstressing bodies and preventing injuries. He emphasizes short and frequent workouts, for example, rather than long routines that can lead to sustaining injury, becoming burnt out, or accidentally running into another country without your passport. To complement coached workouts, the gym hosts an array of free weights and cardio machines for solo sessions.
It didn't take long in life for Tiffani Ursillo to realize she loved spending time in the weight room more than her friends, but it took years for her personal passion to transform into a full-blown career. When her job in corporate America disappeared, she decided to earn a personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and pursue her life-long dream of being a fitness guru. She started training her friends and developing new exercise routines with her husband, eventually growing these group sessions into TNT Bootcamps.
Today, Ursillo helps men and women discover fitter versions of themselves via intense boot-camp sessions designed to exhaust and bolster the muscles. She supplements her boot-camp regimens with one-on-one personal consultations and free nutritional counseling, which is the only way to help bruised apples emotionally heal after being plucked from their favorite branch.
Lakeside Fitness Center has all the makings of your typical gym, but it wears the name “center” with conviction. Members will find everything they want and need to workout—cardio and strength-training machines, free weights, group fitness classes, and the like—supplemented by something else: camaraderie. All members can enroll in a motivating and supportive boot-camp program, designed to push weight-loss and fitness goals into overdrive and build on that sense of solidarity.
Youth boot camp classes use a mix of cross training and cardio to tone muscles, and Piloxing combines Pilates with boxing into a fast-moving workout designed to strengthen the core. Relaxed sighs drift from the center's on-site spa, where therapists and aestheticians provide deep-tissue massages and rejuvenating facials tailor-made to fit the needs of men, women, and teens. The Center was recently named the winner of 201 Magazine's 2014 Best of Bergen Reader's Poll for Best Spin classes. Clients can check out the aware mention in 201 Magazine's upcoming February 2014 issue.
At Do Well Be Well Training & Performance, working out can involve anything from ballet barres to barbells. The gym's group fitness schedule compiles together all sorts of different class styles to appeal to students of all ages, abilities, and tastes. Barre classes, for example, blend elements of modern dance, ballet, and Pilates into a single toning whole. Meanwhile, the weight-lifting workout, Group Power, blends barbell work with tried-and-true moves such as squats and lunges. And the amenities at Do Well Be Well are as eclectic as the workouts. On-site massage therapists relax worn-out physiques with chair massages, and parents can drop their kids off at an on-site childcare center, where the walls are decorated with pictures of famously in-shape cartoons.
Rooted in the belief that anyone should be able to achieve peak fitness levels without having to break the bank, the staff at New Jersey Sports Advantage guides clients in elite-level training at affordable costs. Though they emphasize baseball and softball skill building, the licensed instructors also dedicate space in the 5,000-square-foot facility to boot camps, speed training, and sports performance programs for both individuals and teams. After a session on the Pilates reformers or relieving stress with a certified fascial stretch therapist, visitors can stop by the onsite café for a healthy snack or smoothie.
BFF Fitness Boot Camp blends the high-energy atmosphere of a gym with the support system and nutrition advice of a weight-loss center. The certified personal trainers motivate fitness-seekers of all levels with positive reinforcement. They stage monthly weight-loss contests to celebrate achievement and fuel a healthy competitive spirit in their students, and write up detailed fitness reports every six weeks that outline workout results, areas of improvement, and frozen-meat-slab-punching speeds. Even their indoor air-conditioned gymnastics-style facility is supportive, outfitted with cushioned floors to reduce the joint stress of already low-impact boot-camp workouts. To further help their clients reach their fitness goals, they offer group personal training and nutrition counseling.