Since 1994, Gil Yeager has been helping divers dip their toes in the exciting world of underwater exploration. At Aqua Tech Scuba, Gil leads a team of expert diving instructors who help students with certification in various levels. The divers lead core classes and leadership classes, as well as specialty courses such as night diving trips and trips designed to practice harmonizing with whale–a cappella groups.
Skill and fitness level don't matter at Bikram Yoga Maple Shade. Every student shares the same path to self-improvement regardless of experience, performing the exact same sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises during all 90-minute sessions. Another constant is the practice room's thermostat, which remains set to 105 degrees at all times. This balmy heat intensifies an already challenging practice, but also helps to loosen tight muscles, which allows students to better sink into each stretch.
During classes, the sequence of seated and standing asanas has a natural progression, systematically engaging muscle groups and organ systems throughout the entire body. Continued practice can help students improve their strength, stamina, and flexibility. Additionally, each class acts as a form of moving meditation that requires the same kind of intense mental focus as recalling your kindergarten teacher's middle name.
In golf, reliving mistakes is sometimes a good thing. It can help a player find the faults in his or her swing, and then make the necessary adjustments in order to finally crack open a golf ball and retrieve the shiny pearl inside. That's exactly what the PGA-certified instructors at Fox Meadow Golf Center accomplish through their JC Video motion-analysis software. The system captures video of players and then breaks down every element of a swing—from the initial backswing to the moment of impact.
Of course, this video system would be useless without practice areas. The driving range's five target greens lie at distances between 50 and 205 yards. Balls launch from 60 tees, including 30 heated tees that stay open year round. A sand trap lies nearby, and a synthetic putting green helps bolster short games. These facilities are the setting for Fox Meadow Golf Center's instructional programs, including junior and adult camps that focus on everything from chipping to bunker play. Alternatively, an onsite 18-hole mini-golf course allows for more casual putting.
Doing the same workouts every day for years was taking its toll on Rich Nebel. He was bored. That is, until he discovered CrossFit. With CrossFit, Rich found himself engaged again, and the dynamic, functional workouts strengthened his body in a way that kept things interesting. As the owner and a trainer at CrossFit 41 South, Nebel works to spread the gospel of the Workout Of the Day?or WOD?an intense routine that changes every day, challenging participants to push themselves to the limit in new ways.
You can't get fit just by running or curling weights. A broad range of exercises always proves more effective, and that's why it is appropriate that Elena Ciccotelli, founder of TrainerDiva, Inc., draws on everything from ballet to yoga. Ballet-inspired strength-training classes, for example, tone muscles. Those muscles then become flexible in yoga sessions. During group classes, the studio might fill with the bouncing music that drives Zumba or the contented sighs of patrons finishing a core training session.