Twenty-six poses, 1,500 square feet of space, and 105 degrees of heat: these numbers all added up to make Bikram Yoga Voorhees the Best Yoga Studio as chosen by South Jersey Magazine from 2011-2013. Inside this calming and serene studio, a team of experienced instructors guide yogis of all ages and skill levels through the 26 postures that make up Bikram yoga. With the heat turned up and humidity levels high, students sweat their way through 90-minute classes that are available every day of the week. As muscles twist and pores expel sweat, bodies flush out toxins, stress, and any bacteria that are bullying friendly blood cells.
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At Still Point Yoga Center, a Hatha-yoga studio and wellness center, certified instructors help students learn to focus on self-awareness, offering small classes and individual attention to improve their posture and flexibility. In addition, clients can come in for meditation and holistic massage treatments from the licensed bodywork professionals on staff.
Versa Fit Studio's two locations blend old-fashioned support from personal trainers with newfangled technology, including the Vacu Fit, which, according to an ABC News report, exists nowhere else in the country. Classes and workouts incorporate the good vibrations of the Power Plate machine that quickens circulation, and Vacu Fit elliptical machines enclose lower halves in a heated vacuum chamber to trim away excess inches. Group exercise sessions bow to restrictive schedules with a range of classes that, unlike getting a tan from an Easy-Bake Oven, last only 30–60 minutes. In addition to high-tech courses, guests can drop in on traditional sessions such as core-toning Pilates, yoga, and boot camp, or they can burn calories in spin and dance aerobics that amp up heart health.
From its bamboo floors to its locally sourced ceilings, Body Solutions embodies owner Steve Young's belief that healthy environments beget healthy bodies. Within the eco-friendly facility, Dr. Young melds the best of Eastern and Western medicine to help patients recover from injuries or to bolster wellness. Rather than kneading bodies with chemical-filled lotions and used motor oil, massage and physical therapists soak pores in all-natural soaps, cleansers, and lotions. They supplement massage therapy with Pilates, yoga, and martial arts, helping clients optimize their range of motion and achieve whole-body health.
Curves is a gym for women, but its fitness regimens aren't known for their femininity—they're known more for their efficacy. Since 1992, the fitness franchise has built its name on 30-minute workouts that burn hundreds of calories per session. At the same time, the workout's blend of strength training, cardio, and stretching tones every major muscle group and builds endurance, keeping the body from tiring easily mid-exercise.
Still, the gym's Cleveland Clinic-certified trainers know that one efficient workout may not be enough in some cases. As a result, they complement Curves' classic exercise style including circuit training with additional options, such as Latin dance-inspired Zumba classes. A comprehensive weight loss program, meanwhile, takes a multifaceted approach to weight loss, pairing workouts with meal plans and one-on-one coaching.
CrossFit workouts are not meant to be easy, though they are meant to be accessible to students of any fitness level. They incorporate functional movements alongside elements of track, gymnastics, and weightlifting, encouraging students to push themselves through sequences of pulling, squatting, jumping, throwing, carrying, sprinting, and levitating. Yet every drop of sweat falls in a safe and supportive group environment. Coaches Carlo Profico and Keakahiwalani Landschoot help each attendee scale the load as well as the intensity of the exercises, creating workouts that are challenging, yet doable. Increased strength and stamina is a given over time, but the coaches also hope to inspire their students mentally and emotionally by helping them overcome the workouts’ physical challenges and mid-rep pop quizzes.