Artist Katie Niewodowski says she suffered from nearly debilitating, chronic migraines. That is, until she moved to Montclair, where she discovered holistic healing. This gradually led her into yoga, and as she began to look and feel healthier, she started practicing every day. Perhaps it was this decision that pushed her toward becoming a yoga instructor, leading to her education at the Bikram yoga school and Baron Baptiste's teacher training. She hasn't stopped learning since.
Today, as the owner of SunMoon Yoga, she leads a team of instructors who draw from backgrounds as diverse as acrobatics, poetry, and bending backwards to open doors. All lend their own touch to the studio's all-levels classes, in which they may help students align their chakras or teach them the meanings behind pieces of Sanskrit literature. Whatever their individual approaches, they all lead students sweating through traditional hot yoga, shifting through the fluid poses of vinyasa yoga, or chanting mantras and breathing rhythmically in Jivamukti yoga. Their breath and voices echo across the small studio's wood floors, where during the day, natural light filtering through light blue curtains contributes to the calming atmosphere.
Super Impact Fitness Studio eschews clunky and cumbersome gym equipment for a "classes only" workout mantra, rallying physiques between exposed-brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows for routines led by certified instructors. Guests can sync their breathing to match meditative Vinyasa yoga poses or follow intuitive Zumba dance steps for a full-body burn. Boot-camp drills merge strength and cardio training to target oft-overlooked muscles in ears and phantom limbs. Spin, dance, and mixed-martial-arts sessions—helmed by cage fighter Michael "Sharp" Sanders—also fuel fat-busting drills. The staff promotes a well-rounded approach to health with holistic lifestyle counseling and plans to lodge local artwork, theater rehearsals, and zoological exhibits smaller than a breadbox during SIF Studio Presents showcases.
In New York-style salsa dancing, the break steps occur on the second and sixth beats, not on the first and fifth like most dances. Because of that, dancers refer to the style as "On2". Few know the unorthodox style of stepping better than the instructors at Salsa Fever On2 Dance Academy. Led by founder Mario B, they schedule classes for students of all experience levels, even those with two left feet or more than two left feet. Their beginner classes introduce inexperienced dancers to the fundamentals of spinning, twirling, shining, timing, and musicality, while advanced classes do the same but at a more frenzied pace.
JCF Boot Camp offers hour-long outdoor fitness routines, held in rain or shine, that meet three to five days per week. Each class is a smorgasbord of calorie-obliterating exercises that include circuit training, core workouts, plyometrics, boxing, cardio, and resistance, all conducted by an experienced trainer. JCF founder and fitness guru Daris Wilson will lead the charge to push participating bodies and minds during every class, paving the way for fully realized fitness goals. At boot camp, working out with others motivates you to push yourself harder, helps you stick to a regimen, and gives you the opportunity to bond with new friends over tales of general sweatiness and mutual plans to beat up the ocean.
Equipment: Matrix Cardio w/ LCD TV built-in, Hammer Strength, Ivanko Free Weights
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Number of Staff: 15 people
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Call to find out where to park and to set up an appointment with our associates to give you a tour.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Staying motivated is all about working out in a place that is clean, comfortable, convenient, and friendly. If you enjoy your experience at the fitness center you're much more likely to keep going. Our management and staff are trained to cultivate this environment and make our members feel at home.
But, life does get in the way sometimes and for that we have our attendance based automated emails and the Recovery Report. The automated email system is directly linked to your account and will send you motivational emails if you haven't been attending the gym as regularly as you should. It will also congratulate and encourage you when you are doing the right thing. Also, The Recovery Report tells us who hasn't been to the gym and for how many weeks it's been since their last visit. We then have our staff call each member on the report to give them some extra motivation.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
Our philosophy at Club Metro is to offer resort-style fitness that is affordable for everyone. We have the look of the fancy expensive clubs without the price tag. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced fitness fanatic, we have what you need. We want you to be healthy and happy and will provide you a great facility to achieve your goals.
Has your business won any awards?
We won the Top Appearance Award for all Club Metro franchise locations. We're located in an historic building in Downtown Jersey City that feels more like one of the popular cafes here in the Powerhouse District. Our facility has wide wood beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls all of which are original dating back to the 1800's. We also have 15 large windows that pour in sunlight so you're invigorated from the moment you walk in. It's really unlike any gym you've been to.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
When prospective members walk in to the gym the first thing that I tell them goes something like this: Are we the most affordable gym in the area? Yes. Do we have all top of the line equipment? Yes. But that's not why you should join our gym, you should join our gym because we have the best customer service in the industry. When equipment breaks, we fix it. When members have questions, we answer them immediately. When there's billing questions, we handle it in-house?there's no 800 number to call. We know most of our members on a first name basis and pride ourselves in being the "local" gym for Jersey City. As a family owned and operated business we take pride in our gym and take pride in helping our members achieve their goals.
Hamilton Health and Fitness takes a naturalistic approach to holistic wellness, reflected in the architecture of its warm, sunlit structure whose walls merge with natural stone and wood finishes. Largely composed of recycled materials, the building's eco-conscious construction mirrors a regard for wellness that permeates its gym services. The staff at Hamilton Health and Fitness believes in distinct approaches to mental and physical strength, hosting group classes and personal-training services that weave in customized nutrition advice to form a well-rounded support network.
A network of futuristic exercise machines and inventive classes complement the luminous interior. Matrix equipment brings futuristic flair to the luminous interior, each outfitted with 15-inch televisions casting a glow over each pedaling guest. Virtually eliminating the need for a dedicated robot manservant, the G7 strength series counts reps automatically. In the fully equipped Project Pilates studio, Reformers and Wunda Chairs await visitors. The heated indoor pool hosts solo lap workouts, Water Bootcamp classes, and family swim. Even little ones can romp through a fitness landscape in the supervised children's room and jungle gym.