We are self-defense specialists! Schools of Aikido vary widely in orientation. At SJAA we focus on practical self-defense. We believe that Aikido is a living art so we continually strive to improve the effectiveness of what we teach. What works, we keep; what doesn't we drop.
"No matter what you do with your dancing always be sure of one thing," writes Jersey Dance owner Jennifer in her dance blog. "The process of learning to dance should be the most enjoyable part." The longtime competitive dancer lives and teaches by that principle, as does her team of instructors. Their nonjudgmental vibe pervades the studio, creating a space where soonlyweds can get help choreographing their wedding dance from an encouraging professional. Likewise, groups of beginners can experience the thrill of learning the steps they see on dance-competition shows while skipping the part where they're given scores and spanked by the ghost of Fred Astaire. One-on-one sessions, meanwhile, offer private pointers on the complexities of the quickstep, the dagger-sharp footwork of Argentine tango, or enough floor space to safely attempt West Coast swing at its jitterbuggiest. Whatever is being taught that week, Jennifer and Co. tailor in-studio socials that give dancers a party setting to show off everything they've learned.
There’s no shortage of weights at Miami Sports Clubs—the facility estimates that it has 20,000 pounds on hand. And there’s no shortage of amenities either. Personal TV monitors flicker on each machine in the cardio theater, and TRX suspension and BOSU training gear line the boxing area. Fitness instructors demonstrate how to use all this equipment during personal-training sessions, and stage synchronized sweats during group classes such as Zumba, spinning, and kickboxing. To cap everything off, Miami Sports Clubs features a private massage studio, standup-tanning booths, saunas, and a bar that serves protein shakes, which can power workouts or sprints out to the parking lot to turn off your headlights.
Framed by the foul poles, vistas of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Philadelphia skyline peer over the outfield at Campbell’s Field, adding a serene backdrop to the action on the diamond below. Home to the Camden Riversharks since their Atlantic League debut in 2001, the family-friendly stadium seats up to 6,425 fans and includes a 5,000-square-foot play area, where tykes can run through an obstacle course, plunge down a giant slide, or enter the speed pitching booth to mimic their favorite cricket bowlers.
Every day, the certified trainers at CrossFit Cetro guide students through a different Workout of the Day. Based on CrossFit’s philosophy of varied, functional fitness, these workouts often blend disciplines such as cardio, weightlifting, strength training, gymnastics, and plyometrics. In the CrossFit Cetro gym, which is equipped more like a fitness playground, athletes might perform squats and rowing one day and dips on suspended rings the next. No matter the workout, trainers believe that each client’s needs are the same as a professional athlete's; the only difference is intensity and volume, which they can scale for each individual’s fitness level.
The enthusiastic instructors at Live in Joy strive to nurture the mind, body, and spirit of their clients through a bevy of yoga classes. Yogis spanning the flexibility spectrum can enjoy a variety of 60- to 90-minute stretch sessions designed for all ability levels. Teach an old recliner new tricks in a gentle chair yoga class, where seated asanas encourage increased mobility, flexibility, and relaxation, perfect for students who are recovering from an injury or seeking relief from awkward water cooler workouts at the office. Rigorous Vinyasa practices take students from one flowing pose to the next, pausing briefly in certain poses to help stretchers settle into deeper alignment. Instructors of yin yoga command downward facing dogs to "stay" in certain floor postures for up to five minutes to balance organ function, restore resiliency in the body's muscles and joints, and break the compulsion to mark yogis standing in tree pose.