Vibrant red, yellow, and blue walls envelop a plethora of weightlifting and cardio machines in Body & Soul Core Fitness’s main room. While lifting barbells or twirling legs atop treadmills, patrons can watch flat-screen TVs or peek through the windows into the cardio-kickboxing room lined with red heavy bags swinging under the force of swift kicks and punches. The gym’s classes also include Zumba, DanceSports, spinning, and circuit training. Those interested in more individualized attention can take part in one-on-one personal-training sessions with the gym’s experienced instructors.
Even when she was swamped with a private psychotherapy practice and raising three kids, Bernadette Silva always found time for exercise. For the past 10 years, the certified personal trainer has studied boxing, yoga, and Pilates, ultimately developing her own workout style that fuses the aforementioned techniques with sports drills. In 2008, Silva and a group of local women spearheaded Neighborhood Workouts—the fitness program that would become Real Body Bootcamp.
Today, Silva and her team of certified personal trainers captain a gaggle of fitness classes throughout the week. Their signature boot camp fuses sports drills with high-intensity routines of cardio, strength training, yoga, and Pilates to offload calories, bolster cores, and build more endurance. The class list also includes Zumba and Piloxing fitness classes as well as kids' fitness classes, during which youngsters build self-confidence and the strength to finally confront the lunch ladies who take their money every day.
After an ankle injury cut Coach José Ramos’s football career short, he started helping others get ready for competitions or simply to look their best through expert guidance and fitness training. With professional certifications from national sports medicine federations and years of experience as an athlete and boxer, Ramos helps his clients achieve fitness goals no matter their body type, skill level, or age. Private personal training sessions push students to strengthen their bodies through customizable workout regimens, while small-group and boot camp classes give pupils the support of a tight-knit community of athletes. With a focus on one-on-one or small-group sessions and functional kettlebell and sandbag exercises, Prime Performance keeps its students fit without asking them to spend tedious hours shuffling along on a treadmill or wrestling with an exercise droid.
Like any factory, NJ Fitness Factory demands hard work. Unlike other factories, though, the fitness studio features the supportive and encouraging words of co-owners Marc Ronches and Russ Teitsma. Their voices can be heard during one-on-one personal training sessions as well as small group training sessions. To help soothe muscles after the calorie-burning workouts, the studio offers massage therapy.
The instructors at Vida Wellness Studio help patrons work towards fitness and overall happiness through workshops and fitness classes. Chattering drumbeats ripple from speakers during belly-dance sessions, which draw on techniques from Oriental, Caribbean, and Latin American dance traditions to bolster flexibility and build core strength. Little feet patter on the floor during kids’ classes that encourage fitness and self-expression through dance. When not eliciting choruses of relaxed sighs through yoga poses, instructors draw upon boxing and martial-arts techniques to tone your physique and make it more believable that Die Hard was based on your life. Core strengthening is maximized by controlled movement through Pilates training. Special wellness events at the center have included nutrition classes and musical jam sessions.
BFF Boot Camp blends the high-energy atmosphere of a gym with the support system and nutrition advice of a weight-loss center. The certified personal trainers motivate fitness-seekers of all levels with positive reinforcement. They stage monthly weight-loss contests to celebrate achievement and fuel a healthy competitive spirit in their students, and write up detailed fitness reports every six weeks that outline workout results, areas of improvement, and frozen-meat-slab-punching speeds. Even their indoor air-conditioned gymnastics-style facility is supportive, outfitted with cushioned floors to reduce the joint stress of already low-impact boot-camp workouts. To further help their clients reach their fitness goals, they offer group personal training and nutrition counseling.
At Evolution Fitness, NASM-certified personal trainers and former college athletes Desiree McGhie and Anthony Lambo help clients exceed their personal fitness goals and build healthy self-confidence with one-on-one training and group classes. Boot camps help students build functional strength and burn calories through cross-training techniques, flexibility exercises, and core workouts. And specialized courses and events—such as cooking classes and lunchtime corporate workout packages—help them integrate healthy choices into their everyday lives instead of relying on fad diets and inflatable muscle suits to make them look good. A safe environment, direction, motivation, and intense workouts help customers see results quickly.