JC Kickboxing Academy’s founder, Master Felix Claudio, boasts 35 years of martial-arts and law-enforcement training experience, along with five US National’s gold medals and a place in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Claudio and his staff of seasoned and certified instructors lead classes for children, teenagers, or adults, tailoring curriculums to augment physical ability and coordination while promoting self-esteem and a deep animosity against punching bags. Adults torch calories in JC Kickboxing Academy's kickboxing program, which fuses martial arts and cardio exercise, or study law-enforcement self-defense strategies in comprehensive combat workshops. An after-school program can pick whippersnappers up from school and transport them to the center, where attentive instructors deliver martial-arts classes and homework help. The eight-week summer camp engages kids with tae-kwon-do lessons, arts and crafts, dance, gymnastics, theatre, and field trips, while distracting them from less desirable summer activities such as watching TV or training the neighborhood dogs to perform West Side Story.
Advanced Dental’s league of enamel avengers takes its cues from seasoned dentist Peter Tsambazis and keeps abreast of the latest tooth-tiding techniques and technology for refurbishing smiles of all ages. The office’s comprehensive array of services spotlights the staff’s multiple talents, such as periodontal surgery, bone grafting, and being able to hold their breath throughout entire treatments. Routine exams and cleanings scrutinize mouths for oral ailments, and cosmetic treatments renovate grins with porcelain veneers and teeth whitening. At each of Advanced Dental’s locations in Jersey City and Denville, visitors can unwind in a homey setting marked by paintings and stacks of magazines.
At the ASA-certified True North Sailing School, students learn to safely navigate vessels through wind and water during 21-hour basic sailing courses. The program blends classroom time with training on the water, and along the way, students learn to steer, name the different parts of the boat, and measure the wind's direction. Other, complementary classes teach sailors about more advanced sailing skills and spring fashion's new lifejackets. And for those looking for a sailing adventure, the school leads group excursions to tropical locales like the Caribbean, where the water temperature is always 75 degrees.
A Thai yoga massage is an ancient healing method that uses full-body stretching and muscle manipulation to improve range of motion. First, your trained massage therapist will take you through a 20-minute ayurvedic test to find any imbalances or maple-syrup deposits. Then she will create a customized treatment plan to knead your needs. For the next 70 minutes, acupressure techniques and pressure-point reflexology will free your energy flow and induce relaxation. Rhythmic massage movements mingle with passive progressive-yoga stretching to release at least seven caged pigeons of tension.
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.
The Pilates Haus, one of Hudson County’s only fully equipped and authentic Pilates studios, employs certified instructors with more than 600 hours of training in Joseph P.'s eponymous exercise. These tight-torsoed teachers keep group mat classes small so that each student gets their fair share of one-on-one adjustments—helping them achieve better balance, flexibility, and posture. Private sessions finesse your form even further, tailoring the regimen to your specific fitness goals, be it a bikini-ready body or becoming the first person to drink the English Channel. By the end of the montage of classes, practitioners will feel the benefits of a stronger back, healthier breathing techniques, and toe muscles limber enough to demonstrate hands-free knot tying at scout camp. The Pilates Haus schedules mat classes every day of the week.