"It's hot in here." When that's all you can think about, you tend to forget about the intense physical exertion involved with a series Bikram moves. But the work does pay off, as practitioners are kicking up their core strengthen while sweating away heaps of calories. Garnering the attention of New Jersey Monthly Magazine and New Jersey Health and Beauty, Surya Yoga Academy's three welcoming studios are a great place for men and women of all skill levels to practice hot yoga and other yoga genres, including Vinyasa or Jivamukti poses. Alongside traditional sessions, the studio's specialized workshops train athletes and runners to maximize their exercise potential, and focused mom-and-baby yoga classes build mother-child bonds and telepathy skills.
At Lucas Dental, chompers are carefully nurtured with up-to-date teeth technology. After an initial consultation, a qualified dental doctor will make impressions of your munchers; during a second visit one week later, clients will receive their custom-fit trays and whitening kits, as well as instructions for putting their tooth-improvement gear to effective use. Groupon holders also receive 20% off all future touch-up whitening gel refills, and those seeking to straighten up disorganized dentition can consult with doctors to test their Invisalign candidacy and get 20% off the regular rate for the service, which typically costs $3,500–$5,000.
"Using the medicine of the past to heal the problems of today," Caroline Strassberg carries on techniques of classical acupuncture developed during the Han Dynasty of China. She uses her needles, her yoga training, and her work in child and family counseling to inspire a deep sense of bodily and mental awareness in her patients-the word bodhi means "to awaken." Strassberg also practices moxibustion, therapeutic body work, and diet and exercise counseling, with a focus on women's health.
Work it Out helps patrons shed pounds and tailor their muscles to a trimmer form with more than 13 types of adult fitness classes held in a fully equipped, state-of-the-art facility. While spin classes burn calories with intense cycling workouts in a private, eco-friendly wood room with bamboo flooring, Pilates sessions flatten stomachs and strengthen core muscles in a spacious 900-square-foot mat room with spring floors. For twinkle-toed fitness fanatics, Work it Out boasts barre classes that blend ballerina moves with yoga and strength training for a full-body workout, as well as a two-hour pole-dance workshop for getting fit while having fun learning flirty pole moves that come in handy during extreme-pogo competitions.
Sunlight has barely begun to creep up the sidewalk when Coach David throws open the doors to his 2,500-square-foot facility, surveying the kettlebells, sand bags, and stretch bands arrayed within. He conducts 35-minute boot camps in this energetic atmosphere, drawing inspiration from the many success stories told by his students. For six years, David has worked as a certified personal trainer, and in that time, he’s learned to customize his fitness routines on the spot, tailoring moves to each guest’s fitness level and goals. He sends students racing through calisthenics and cardio endurance exercises, changing the routine for every class to keep minds and bodies active and the ever-watching kettlebell deities appeased. To complement the intense boot camps, he also invites students to 50-minute Vinyasa yoga classes that link breathing and movements in workouts that improve flexibility.
Passersby that peer inside the windows of CKO Kickboxing won’t see treadmills, ellipticals, or stairclimbers. Instead, they’ll spot rows of heavy bags lurching backward and sideways from the force of participants’ kicks and right hooks. The kickboxing-focused gym doesn’t need excessive equipment or a catalog full of workout programs—the high-intensity fitness regimen of kickboxing is more than enough to shape up CKO members. Students of all levels reap the system’s multifaceted benefits, burning up to 1,200 calories per class, releasing stress, and developing a six-pack more realistically than drawing on their midsections with a marker.
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