As a Zumba instructor, Diana Blandon saw how much people enjoyed burning calories while swiveling their hips to the Latin-inspired beats, so she decided to open her own Zumba studio. She recruited a team of certified instructors and decked the studio walls in yellow and purple to complement the high-energy classes.
Less than a year later, her studio's grown faster than she ever thought it would. "I'm actually looking for something bigger," she says. "Every [class], I'm getting more people."
Diana attributes the overwhelmingly positive response to a few factors. As patrons attend classes, they can rest assured their wee ones are safely frolicking with free childcare. Kids can watch movies, play games, or use the WiFi to work on homework assignments or download longer and more boring homework assignments. And then there's the workout itself: "It's a fun way to burn calories," Diana says.
In addition to adult classes, Diana hosts kids Zumbatomic classes, leading wee ones in games, dancing, and exciting exercises—welcoming their parents to join in and then stay for the adult class afterward. Her instructors also offer a weekly yoga class and dance lessons in Latin styles such as salsa and merengue.
Fit Boot Camp's team of certified trainers and CrossFit coaches lead students through motivational fitness adventures featured in New Jersey Life. Each 45-minute workout incorporates plenty of personal attention and modifiable exercises to prepare the body for everyday physical challenges such as hoisting groceries and moving the refrigerator from room to room. Bucking traditional gym exercises, engaging workouts such as tire dragging, tire flipping, rope climbing, and sledgehammer swinging help shed weight, tone arms, tighten torsos, and strengthen sinews. Plyometrics such as box jumps cultivate power and speed, saving people the hassle of having to simulate those qualities with foam barbells and strobe lights.
Fitness Factory's three North Jersey locations each have their own distinctive features, but they share at least one common trait: a dedication to help clients achieve personal wellness. Each staff of trainers offers personal training sessions and also leads group classes that range from fast-paced Zumba and boot camp to more mellow yoga classes conducted by sloths. To further accommodate clients, the fitness clubs offer a smoothie bar, sauna, and babysitting services.
On a mission to combat health-club monotony, founder Jared Kuka replaced the repetitive motions of stationary machines with goPerformance & Fitness's mantra of fun, active, and functional training. Personal trainers at each 24-hour facility keep clients motoring with drills that mirror real-life motions, such as CrossFit techniques, medicine ball throws, and high-speed briefcase unlocking. Ropes, kettlebells, chains, tires, and agility ladders challenge clambering limbs while FreeMotion Fitness gear amps up cardio workouts. With customized routines for small groups or one-on-one sessions, staff members scale their innovative workouts to all fitness levels, and can round out exercise regimens with dietary tips.
The trainers at Surge Training Center believe that each body is a machine, and should be versatile enough to tackle the challenges of everyday life. They focus on a multi-directional, compound approach to fitness, and offer eight different programs to help clients achieve their desired results. Programs range from CrossFit and mixed martial arts combat training to yoga and creative movement sessions that inspire kids to be passionate about fitness and wellness through the use of dance.
A body that works out will become healthier, but a mind that gets bored will stop taking its body to the gym. Luckily, people find it easy to stay interested in exercise at The Club at Morristown, which houses a range of cardio equipment, weight training machines, fitness classes, and a lap pool that together create innumerable ways to get in shape. The in-house staff of trainers and nutritionists assess each member’s health and lifestyle for free when they first join the gym, helping them set realistic goals and create habits that will help them achieve those goals. And by partaking of the gym’s many classes—such as hip hop dance, spin, boxing, and powerlifting—guests can push through plateaus and prevent the workout boredom that leads to decreased motivation and a higher likelihood of creating a fort with the gym’s magazine subscriptions. For exercise sans electronics, the facility also features a 30-yard sprint track and a functional training area.