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.
Sweat Factory's trainers expect hard work of their exercisers, but for good reason. Their CrossFit workouts change every day, which means muscles never become complacent and stop changing. CrossFit's blend of conditioning, gymnastics, weightlifting, and throwing helps clients power right through weight-loss plateaus.
Much like the clients they now teach, Crossfit201's four co-owners each bring a different history to their CrossFit training. Alon Soundry sought a new type of workout to boost his performance in the martial arts and motorcross. Keith Ferrara had tired of his extra pounds and found relief in a CrossFit regimen. Artie Kreutzer and Wilson De Dios enjoyed staying active even before discovering the regime. No matter their clients' background, the trainers seek ways to make the CrossFit regimen work for them.
Read on to learn exactly how that fitness classes leave you with more muscle or better tone.
Bulky upper-body muscles might have hindered early humans who had to chase their prey across the plains, but it could help those who often had to climb trees to adjust their satellite dishes. That’s why the body builds muscle according mostly to use: do enough curls, and the biceps expand. As anyone who has experienced post-workout soreness could intuit, those curls are actually a form of controlled damage, making thousands of miniscule tears to the muscle tissue that beckon autoimmune cells to show up alongside testosterone and other hormones. The white blood cells help switch on satellite cells, which are similar to stem cells. Before they're activated, satellite cells aren't doing much—instead, they lie dormant around muscle fibers until they're called into action to repair torn tissue.
This isn't the only kind of cellular transformation at work in growing muscles. Long muscle cells, which contain several nuclei, can also begin to change type after a workout. Certain kinds of muscle fibers are equipped to handle brief bursts of effort but will quickly become tired if asked to do more intense work. These are the first to disappear as someone starts an exercise routine, as they're converted into fibers with more endurance. This principle is so dramatic that a sports scientist can generally tell whether someone is a professional athlete or a professional mattress model by examining a minute sample of muscle tissue.
CrossFit Garwood’s certified coaches don’t just build athletes—they create fighters who can conquer the physical and emotional challenges of everyday life. Exercisers of all levels flock to the 8,000-square-foot facility for functional training drills practiced by police academies, military forces, and professional alligator wrestlers. During the workout of the day, they spur one another on through kettlebell swings, weightlifting moves, and muscle-ups on a Rogue pull-up system. Some days, they dart across a 40-yard track, on others they bound across turf like a mob of rugby-playing kangaroos. One hour On Ramp classes, help beginners hone exercises such as box jumps and ball slams before plunging into the full-fledged program. To make trips to the gym as convenient as possible, CrossFit Garwood and its partner facility, Gold Medal Fitness, teem with amenities such as lockers, showers, and childcare services.
BFF Fitness Boot Camp blends the high-energy atmosphere of a gym with the support system and nutrition advice of a weight-loss center. The certified personal trainers motivate fitness-seekers of all levels with positive reinforcement. They stage monthly weight-loss contests to celebrate achievement and fuel a healthy competitive spirit in their students, and write up detailed fitness reports every six weeks that outline workout results, areas of improvement, and frozen-meat-slab-punching speeds. Even their indoor air-conditioned gymnastics-style facility is supportive, outfitted with cushioned floors to reduce the joint stress of already low-impact boot-camp workouts. To further help their clients reach their fitness goals, they offer group personal training and nutrition counseling.