Since 2008, Fit4Mom of Northern NJ's fitness professionals and buggy-bandying workouts have helped new mothers to overcome the struggles of staying in shape while caring for a wee one. Specially trained instructors helm a series of 60-minute classes, which consist of a warm-up and interval stations where limbs stretch resistance tubes in body-toning drills. Energizing indoor sessions utilize fitness stations and activities such as latin dance, while outdoor jaunts make use of benches and other environmental facets to augment maneuvers. Throughout the routine, engaging routines keep children from growing overly fussy or pranking classmates by tossing banana peels in front of their carriages.
Battista Dance Studio’s experienced instructors teach students of all ability levels a variety of dance moves, including ballroom and club-style salsa. Learn to bust your best boogie in a one-on-one setting during two 30-minute lessons, prepping left feet for professional dance competitions and everyday ballroom bopping. Lessons take place inside a sprawling, chandelier-adorned 12,000-square-foot studio, where aspiring Astaires can cut a hardwood floor—but only if they repair it afterward.
Since its inception in 2000, CrossFit has amassed an army of dedicated participants that include everyone from pro athletes to stay-at-home moms. It's no surprise, then, that one of CrossFit's stated missions is "inclusiveness". Just because it accepts anyone regardless of experience, age, or fitness level doesn't mean it's easy, however. CrossFit Parsippany's array of ropes, truck tires, kettlebells, and cardio equipment await anyone with the willingness to exert themselves and commit to improved health. Inexperienced participants don't have to worry, though; instructors safely scale each Workout of the Day, which draws from sports such as gymnastics and Olympic powerlifting, to suit each individual's physical condition and ability. With continued effort, all participants will see marked improvements in everything from strength and power to balance and stamina, resulting in a better quality of life and the ability to play checkers with barbell plates.
"Coach" Tim Lynch, the owner of Maxability Sports & CrossFit, still remembers his first coaching gig: teaching a neighbor's daughter how to shoot a basketball as an eighth grader. Today?one exercise science degree and several fitness certifications later?he has moved on to coach CrossFit's workout of the day, a continually changing series of functional exercises such as squats and pull-ups. To help out, Lynch has brought aboard an experienced team of coaches, many of who are fellow CrossFit Level 1-certified coaches like him. For folks new to CrossFit, Maxability schedules instructional CrossFit OnRamp classes that ease people into the rigorous workouts.
Flight Yoga's instructors take students on a journey?or flight, as they say?in each class. Every session on the calendar is named after a flying creature of some sort: phoenix classes cover hot yoga, firefly classes involve hot Pilates, and black swan classes heat up the ballet-inspired exercises of barre fitness. The dove class, on the other hand, keeps things quiet and peaceful, focusing on gentle stretching and a little less sweat.
The hot yoga studio itself is spacious, but the dark-paneled wood walls and floors combined with high windows make it feel at once cozy and airy, an ideal space in which to leave the world behind.
Equipment: Lat pull-down, squat rack, and chest press rack
Students should bring: Bottle of water and a small towel
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Free street parking
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