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.
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.
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.
At Foundational Health and Fitness, a welcoming, all-woman faculty helps students achieve their fitness and health goals with a well-rounded program of group workouts and nutrition management. Certified holistic-nutrition consultant Wendy Dransfeld divulges tips to help clients stay on track, while Zumba, Pilates, and boot-camp sessions turn midsections and legs into sleek landscapes of muscle. In addition to releasing pent-up sweat, clients can tan in the studio's Sundash Level 3 beds, which impart golden glows without the discomfort of swallowing a handful of pennies.
Boasting a resume that lists AFAA fitness certification and more than 25 years of experience teaching in the workout world, Maryann King invites students of all ages and sizes to abandon their preconceived notions of exercise and shimmy their way to wellness in fun, party-like Zumba classes set to Latin-inspired beats. In addition to offering traditional Zumba Fitness, she leads Zumba Toning sessions, which throws in light free weights and strength-training routines.
As the mother of three children, Tara started taking Zumba classes as a way to get back in shape. Not only did she quickly see results, she also had fun moving her body to the Latin-inspired beats. Now a certified Zumba instructor, Tara introduces others to this upbeat fitness craze during one-hour classes.
In addition to the toned muscles created by their workouts, the relationships formed with each client are what the trainers at Iconic Fitness take the most pride in. The fitness experts strive to interact with clients directly, whether in personal-training sessions or group classes, to help them safely and efficiently reach their fitness goals. Beyond the workouts, Iconic Fitness's staff makes the gym-going experience as enjoyable as possible, fostering a non-intimidating atmosphere to make visits more fun and decorating the outside of their facilities with greenery and waterfalls in case members have to imagine that they're Tarzan in order to build muscle.