When Regina Janesko had to take a physical fitness test in order to keep a new job, the avid gym rat and weightlifter wasn't worried about passing. Yet somehow she failed the first two times she took it, leaving her with only one opportunity left. When her test administrators suggested she try CrossFit, Regina went to Bergen County CrossFit, where co-owner Daniel Ramsay created fitness routines tailored to the requirements of her exam. Needless to say, she nailed it on the third try. Today, she's still an active member at Bergen County Crossfit.
It's a common occurrence here: people wander in, some with a specific goal others without, and eventually become part of a community that seeks to support and encourage each other. The daily classes can be modified based on age and fitness level, and incorporate techniques such as kettle bells and core strengthening. Co-owner Lily is also known to dish out nutritional advice, helping members supplement their workouts with healthful meal suggestions and tips on where to find low-cal snacks.
Seeking the formula for an ideal gym, Bob Bonham spent 15 years exploring other fitness facilities, talking to trainers, and studying equipment—all the while taking note of what worked and what didn't. He put all of his research to good use, opening Strong and Shapely Gym in 1984, packing its 25,000 square feet with professional strength-training equipment and cardio machines. He organized the workout areas by body part, an innovative design concept that won praise from Bodybuilding.com.
Today, you can spot fitness seekers of all stripes at the 24-hour facility, from regular moms and dads to famous bodybuilders. A staff of certified trainers inhabit the gym, conducting personal-training sessions and leading group fitness classes, such as yoga and Pilates. The expert staff eagerly supply members with fitness tips and advice, from tactics to prevent workout boredom to instructions for donating old gym socks for use as therapy puppets. The gym boasts a variety of convenient amenities, including onsite tanning, childcare, and a supplements store.
CAN DO's gyms combine state of the art equipment with award winning interior design to create an aesthetically pleasing fitness environment. A month-long trial gym membership includes access to numerous amiable amenities. Hearts will hammer thanks to cardio equipment equipped with both small flat-screen TVs and music selections via the club com system, whilst muscles get motivated with free weight strength training equipment from companies like Cybex, Free Motion, and Body Master. After an intense workout, CAN DO's lavish locker rooms include steam rooms, fully tiled private showers with shampoo, soap, and skin lotion, as well as private changing rooms for women. All lockers use built in digital locks, so there's no need to lug around heavy padlocks, booby traps, or teams of bouncers.
Inside CrossFit ECF's 7,500-square-foot training space, an arsenal of barbells, rings, sleds, and pull-up bars await exercisers ready to pump out reps toward better health. A team of certified trainers presides over all activities, from group fitness classes to massages and nutrition coaching. The central program is the Workout of the Day, an ever-changing exercise routine that spans a broad base of fitness that can be applied in other areas of life, such as rescuing oneself from a quickly draining bathtub. Since the exercises are inclusive?meaning they can be scaled to fit every fitness level?students who exert themselves can expect improvements in physique and general physical fitness.
Crossfit Giant is not a quiet place. Nor should it be. Here, the walls shake, the floors tremble, and the motivational urgings of instructors reverberate throughout the 5,000-square-foot facility. Here, certified CrossFit instructors lead 60-minute classes that incorporate elements of weightlifting, gymnastics, and track and field; from one moment to the next students might find themselves sprinting, throwing, squatting, and pulling. But they won't be sweating it out alone?they'll be working alongside other like-minded folks who share the same goal: to get in shape, and perhaps squeeze into an old dress or favorite fanny pack.
Classes include general CrossFit training, Olympic weightlifting, and gymnastics. But it's not all sound and stomp here. On the quieter side of the studio, instructors lead students through yoga classes, helping them improve flexibility, balance, and breath awareness. Crossfit Giant's facility also features spacious changing rooms, including men's and women's showers.
The tagline of Ultra Fitness Center is “The Unique Women's Gym.” Owner Cheryl Paganelli Kehoe strives for that uniqueness by hosting 34 classes per week, many of which she teaches. Cheryl and her trainers give physical-fitness instruction as diverse as classic body conditioning training, Zumba dance fitness, and boxing, which is taught by a professional boxing coach. All classes take place within the two-floor facility and make use of its newly appointed classrooms and modern workout equipment—cardio machines, exercise balls, and the chairs with which Hulk Hogan used to wrestle.