One can look behind every stationary bike or beneath each treadmill, and never come across a man at American Woman Fitness Center. They will, however, find a swimming pool, rows of cardio machines, and a studio that hosts more than 50 fitness classes. Because the health club only admits women at its two locations, gals can feel more comfortable and confident as they break a sweat on elliptical machines and weight-training equipment.
The all-female staff leads a slew of group fitness classes, including CrossFit, Corebar training, Zumba, and yoga classes, some of which take place in the swimming pool and can result in highly desirable dolphin abs. In addition to classes, they offer personal-training sessions along with weight-loss and nutritional counseling tailored to female physiques. Clients can also monitor their children in the childcare area via TV screens while they work out in cardio or group fitness areas.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
At Crossfit GSP, a team of knowledgeable coaches boosts the strength, conditioning, and athletic skill levels of its participants. They do so through CrossFit, a discipline that follows the theory of constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement and incorporates components of gymnastics and weightlifting into one rigorous workout. During each session, novice and experienced clients test their fitness limits inside the modern interior of a Reebok-branded gym. When they are not reaching new fitness goals, athletes can take advantage an 8,000-square-foot gym that features Rogue and Muscle Driver equipment as well as guest services offering Paleo meal plans and rehab regimens.
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.
At CrossFit Englewood, the certified instructors lead their charges in a different workout each day. All the exercises focus on prepping the body for everyday movements, incorporating exercises such as pushing, squatting, and lifting, which can be scaled to suit each participant's fitness level. In the team-training program, patrons can focus exclusively on strength and conditioning specific to the sport of their choice. To ensure participants are performing to their fullest abilities, they evaluate postures and prescribe corrective exercises. With performance psychology, the trainers motivate patrons to apply the benefits of CrossFit lessons to life challenges, such as being expected to brush their teeth every day.
Crossfit Giant is not a quiet place. Nor should it be. Here, the walls shake, the floors tremble, and the motivational urgings of instructors reverberate throughout the 5,000-square-foot facility. Here, certified CrossFit instructors lead 60-minute classes that incorporate elements of weightlifting, gymnastics, and track and field; from one moment to the next students might find themselves sprinting, throwing, squatting, and pulling. But they won't be sweating it out alone?they'll be working alongside other like-minded folks who share the same goal: to get in shape, and perhaps squeeze into an old dress or favorite fanny pack.
Classes include general CrossFit training, Olympic weightlifting, and gymnastics. But it's not all sound and stomp here. On the quieter side of the studio, instructors lead students through yoga classes, helping them improve flexibility, balance, and breath awareness. Crossfit Giant's facility also features spacious changing rooms, including men's and women's showers.