More than 20 years into a career in the fitness industry, RDA owner Rob knows he's in the right field. His passion for helping people realize their full potential is actually why he founded the center. "Allow us," he asks on his website, "to be part of your journey toward a healthier, happier life." A community- and family-oriented gym, RDA is where group fitness and independent workouts are equal partners in success. Free morning childcare services don't hurt, either.
The facility is stocked with everything to help exercisers reach their goals, including treadmills that face floor-to-ceiling windows and certified trainers who help lead the way in 15- or 30-minute sessions. Spacious studios also host a packed schedule of mostly 60-minute classes that help participants get fit and still have enough time to name each of their new ab muscles.
You won’t see rows upon rows of intimidating training equipment at Chizel Fitness. Instead, a dedicated staff of expert trainers welcomes you into one of their many varied fitness classes, which are also different from a standard gym’s lineup. They lead ballet barre classes, pushing patrons toward sculpting lean, dancer-like muscles with small, isometric movements performed at, of course, a ballet barre. During real cycling classes, cyclists plug in to the multirider Computrainer system—which accommodates four riders—to virtually pedal through any course, training for a triathlon or reliving your paper-route glory days. They also offer weight-resistance and plyometrics classes that use kettlebells and TRX suspension training, and Pilates classes on mats or equipment including reformers and towers.
In her 25-years working in the fitness industry, Patti Vanacore has trained everyone from swimmers to boxers to body builders. Today, at her intimate, airy studio, she helps exercisers get in shape with classes and personal training sessions tailor made to their specific fitness goals, whether they're looking to tone their abs or get back into their skinny socks. A strong believer in a balanced lifestyle, Patti also offers nutritional counseling and massage therapy to help clients get in the healthiest shape of their lives.
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.
Nitro Cycle specializes in indoor cycling, but its stationary bikes suffer from a seemingly fatal flaw—they aren’t stationary. Instead, the RealRyder cycles move from side to side like their real-world counterparts, leaning into turns and tilting as riders pedal. The extra motion ensures that workouts engage and tighten core-stabilizing muscles, rather than just the legs. As students sweat, instructors combat workout boredom with black lights, high-energy music, and simulated adventures on dynamic terrain, such as riding down a mountainside or mounting your exercise bike onto a moving train.
The team at SimplyCycle offers a personalized approach to each client, from patiently showing each individual how to use the bike with proper form to explaining in-depth subjects such as bike setup and riding without risk of injury. Each instructor has a unique class style, but each one ensures riders are comfortable, having fun, and understand the principles of spinning—such as how to use the resistance knob and cadence. The workouts are low impact and can lead to dramatic improvements in strength and development of the quads, hamstrings, calves, hips, and abdominal muscles.