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.
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.
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.
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.
To the certified fitness instructors at 4MMG Fitness, hard work and fun are not mutually exclusive. Though they realize the challenge before them, this is a mindset they aim to instill in each client who walks through the door. To accomplish this, they fill the fitness studio's schedule with group classes such as core, kettlebell, functional training, giving participants varied ways in which to improve their balance, build strength, and gain confidence. In addition to group classes, the trainers can also work with clients one-on-one, helping them work toward specific goals, whether they want to tone up or fit into one of this year's popular slim-cut sleeping bags.
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.