"In three years, I've never repeated a workout. Who wants to do the same thing over and over again?" said Total Core Fit Camp’s head trainer, Ryan Toth, according to Fighting For Life. The seasoned athlete's creative, constantly varied workouts have drawn more than 400 fitness seekers to his program and earned a feature on News 12's Get Fit Fridays. Amid his studio's pull-up bars, kettlebells, and punching bags, Ryan and his staff of fellow certified trainers lead functional workouts, favoring blasting through total-body movements over working on weight machines or running on treadmills. Ryan’s dedication to fitness seeps into his personal life as well, as you can spot his wife Dori sweating alongside him while their three young children watch and record their critiques.
Ryan and the trainers encourage their students to achieve healthy lifestyles beyond the classroom with nutritional counseling, arming them with custom meal plans, nutrition tips, and wholesome recipes. His online program provides busier patrons with complete at-home workouts, enabling them to bust moves at home or during their manager's long-winded motivational speech at the office.
In 1976, Joan Barnes—a California mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children's cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes for parents, newborns, and children under 1 year that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
With its Victorian details and aquamarine trim, the exterior of Aqua Pearl Day Spa could pass as a quaint cottage home. This domestic vibe extends inside, where the staff greets each guest with a cup of tea before escorting her or him to a private room. Skin-softening body scrubs incorporate common kitchen scents, such as freshly ground coffee, red wine, and citrus fruits. Massages, mani-pedis, and facials also relax and beautify clients.
With every tire purchase at Suburban Discount Tire, customers receive complimentary tire services including free repairs, rotations, and wear-and-tear checks. A team of technicians extends the life of rubber feet through a nitrogen-fill program, which helps maintain proper tire inflation to keep cars trundling down highways or careening through drive-in movie screens during pivotal plot points. The techs also performer preventative services to repair faulty belts, leaky AC systems, and oil filters overdue for a change.
Clicks & Bricks Learning Center has a simple motto: building smarter children, one brick at a time. The center runs workshops that introduce young kids to engineering and architecture using legos and computer-programming toys. In weekly classes, kids improve problem-solving and communication skills while constructing robots and simple machines out of colorful plastic blocks.
Signature service: engineering lego classes for children
Staff size: 2–10 people
Average duration of services: one to two hours
Brands used: lego educational bricks and programs
Pro tip: children enjoy an hour of creating and building while parents shop, work, or just relax.
Despite discovering running at different times in their lives and under different circumstances, Runner’s High's cofounders—Rob DeFilippis, Craig Segal, and Jim Segal—share a passion for the sport that they pour into their booming business. Now with three New Jersey locations, the newest in Freehold, Runner’s High stocks its shelves with performance-enhancing equipment and specialty running shoes by brands such as Brooks, ASICS, and Saucony, as well as accessories and apparel. Each fitting begins with a complimentary foot analysis, wherein staffers ascertain the foot's needs, be it additional arch support or a hearty tickle. Such fittings ensure optimal performance and minimize the risk of injury.In addition to providing athletic accouterments, the neighborhood store fosters a community of runners who share a goal of reaching new heights of fitness and leaving local biking clubs in their dust. Those hoping to improve their performance can look into weekly group runs and training programs for 5Ks, half marathons, or full marathons. The store also sponsors a postcollegiate racing team with individuals of all ages and ability levels who wish to compete at a high level.