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.
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.
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.
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.
At Revolution Cycling Studio, founder, certified spin expert, and personal trainer Traci Sakellakis leads a team of instructors who know firsthand how life-changing—perhaps even addictive—spinning can be. Class leader Jennifer Giordano became hooked on cycling almost by accident: one Saturday afternoon 10 years ago, her brother invited her for a "leisurely" bike ride that ended up stretching a whopping 33 miles. She rose to the occasion, and now encourages others to meet their own fitness goals. Additionally, fellow staffer Christian Ramos was overweight and out of shape before he started cycling, but has since lost more than 80 pounds and helps students do the same.
Motivating shouts and energizing beats from the sound system keeps students’ heart rates high as they pedal within the small, intimate studio. Some classes even feature themed music, such as tunes by "one-hit wonders" or a celebration of the British Invasion. Throughout the workout, the computerized Star Trac spinner bike provides continuous feedback on the exercisers' heart rate and distance travelled. The crew incorporates weight training and ab work into some sessions and also offers teen classes that are ideal for adolescent people or full-grown Keebler elves seeking stress relief.