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Sean M. Broderick’s eclectic mix of experiences in the personal-training business echoes his whole-body approach to wellness. Rather than just relying on being an internationally accredited instructor, which he is, he expanded his knowledge by becoming a sports-performance coach, athlete, nutritional consultant, and fitness model. Today, he serves as the head trainer at United Health & Fitness, where he and his colleagues boost the well-being of men, women, and children of all ages and experience levels. Within the bright-turquoise walls of the fitness center, certified trainers spot students as they strengthen and tone muscles during small-group exercise classes. In doing so, they demonstrate the basic steps of weightlifting in Bodybuilding 101 or help their pupils hasten heart rates with choreographed footwork in kickboxing classes. In addition to group sessions, trainers take pride in customizing workout regimes to suit each individual during one-on-one personal training, which follows the business’s motto that “there is no generic person in this world.”
4569 Amboy Road
Staten Island,
NY
US
A lot of 5K runs take advantage of crisp, fall air to keep the event cool and fun, but the October Beerfest 5K and Lawn Games Tourney takes a few additional cues from the season. The organizers lay out a trail that winds through trees just changing colors, and loops around to pass a on-course beer-chugging station twice. Of course, if running and drinking don't necessarily mix for some participants, there's plenty more beer at the finish line, along with grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. Additionally, the day features a tournament of lawn games, such as corn hole, ladderball, and beer pong, that takes place between teams of two throughout the day. A DJ spends the whole day adding a soundtrack to the outdoor fun, and organizers invite guests to wear their Halloween costumes or scariest business-casual outfit.
253 W Westfield Ave
Roselle Park,
NJ
US
Image 2000 isn?t kidding around with its goal to have the best programs for women's fitness. A tour of the gym reveals an advanced cardio fitness room where each machine has its own LCD TV, a huge calendar of aerobics classes taught by professionals, and a diverse selection of classes ranging from Pilates and yoga to Zumba and free-weight sessions. An onsite kids? area is equipped with video games and entertainment to occupy little minds while their parents work out. For clients who need a break after a workout, Image 2000's spa has a menu of relaxing massages, soothing facials, and professional makeup services to make faces look as toned as quads and vestigial underbiceps.
1235 F W. Chestnut St.
Union,
NJ
US
A serpentine path winding through a muddy field, the 5-mile course at MuckFest MS is designed to get runners as dirty as possible while also testing their endurance. More than 20 elaborate obstacles—including mud lakes, steel-constructed obstacles, crawls through muck, and rope ladders—further separate contestants from the finish line. Among the more grueling challenges are a two-story wall of connected ropes and a fireman's ladder whereupon competitors must slide down a 20-foot pole or else they turn into a dalmatian. Finishing times are tracked by in-bib chip timing, and both competitive and recreational runners are encouraged to participate. Runners can also band together to form fundraising teams, whose earnings benefit multiple sclerosis research and direct-support services for those living with MS.
Essex County South Mountain Reservation
Millburn,
NJ
US
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
3911 Amboy Road
Staten Island,
NY
US
Orchestrated largely by the suds lovers at Spirits Unlimited, the Garden State Beer Expo hosts more than 125 craft beers and microbrews from all over the world. Cup in hand, festival-goers walk from booth to booth, revisiting old favorites and discovering new releases from the likes of Delirium, Brooklyn Brewery, and Stella Artois. Representing New Jersey are Carton Brewing and Kane Brewing Company out of Monmouth County, a brewery so new that the foam hasn't yet settled from its roof. Between booths, exhibitors' kiosks lay out a diverse selection of vittles, street wear, hot sauces, and other collectibles.
Exit 116 Garden State Pkwy.
Holmdel,
NJ
US