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.
While many gyms offer weights, treadmills, ellipticals, and rowing machines to help its members achieve leaner physiques, all JC Barre Fitness Studio needs is a ballet barre. That's because the apparatus helps students sculpt lean muscles, lose weight, and increase agility thanks to a flurry of exercises performed during various classes. The studio's signature class B3 blends Pilates, ballet, and Yoga into a one-hour, 600 calorie-burning workout, and co-ed boot camp by B3 ups the exercise ante with increased cardio and isometric moves that deliver a satisfying burn without actually setting fire to one's muscles. In addition to barre classes, the studio offers up Pilates and Zumba sessions and invites its clients to suggest additional classes via email.
Intended to strengthen and tone muscles while simultaneously improving posture and building mental focus, the training originally designed by Joseph Pilates continues to live on at Project Pilates. The center's instructors understand that every student has needs specific to their fitness levels, body types, and goals, so they help clients develop personalized exercise regimens.
Whether these regimens include personal training or group classes that incorporate everything from mat work to training on the Reformers, Cadillacs, and other apparatus, every workout has the common goal of teaching students how to perform functional movements as efficiently and cleanly as possible. This level of physical control requires an immense amount of focus and concentration, although it also helps properly strengthen the muscle groups that are used in everyday life. Over time, Pilates training can retrain the muscles that lead to improved posture, greater flexibility, and the ability to lift a sofa one-handed in search of the remote control.
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.
Marie Medina began dancing as a 6-year-old, and she has never lost her enthusiasm for it. Inside her industrial chic studio, Marie and her team of instructors strive to empower and inspire women through fitness, movement, and dance. They lead students of all fitness levels through a variety of dance-inspired fitness classes such as Barre, Zumba, Pilates, Ballroom Fit, and more, all designed to stimulate the mind, body, and soul.
An intense workout can lead to an endorphin rush. Members of Sky Club Fitness & Spa get this rush—along with a rush from elevation—every time they work out near a window. That's because the gym looks out over the New York City skyline.
This epic vista follows them as they step out onto the sky deck to lounge in the sun. On the top floor, windows peek out at the horizon near an Olympic-size saltwater pool. In the lower floors, members work out on rows of cardio machines and free weights—alone, with friends, or under the guidance of a personal trainer. They also forge muscles during group fitness classes that range from cycling to boxing and unpacking heavy boxes. After a tough workout, they gather quietly in the European bath to detox or ease their lactic acid buildup with a massage.