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Kettlebells and TRX suspension-training are just a few of the tools the instructors at Pure Energy Fitness use to strengthen and sculpt physiques. Students can focus on building muscles, burning calories and toning muscles in spin classes, or combining cardiovascular exercise with strengthening resistance routines in boot-camp sessions.

223 Stirling Rd
Warren,
NJ
US

Hiroshi Powell noticed he had a knack for weightlifting, so he swapped the weight machine in his mom's basement for a membership at a pro-level facility. There, Hiroshi began training with national powerlifting champions, learning the secrets of their technique while building friendships and cultivating his own carreers in powerlifting and bodybuilding.

The seriousness with which Hiroshi threw himself at his goals, and immersed himself in the fitness field, informs his approach as founder-owner of Chiseled Health and Fitness. "Chiseled," he says, "is not a social club or [a] cookie cutter commercial gym. Those are great for some folks, but not everyone." In place of the hundred-pound rubber chickens dead lifters find at other gyms, guests at Chiseled find a facility fully stocked with professional weight training and cardio essentials. Accented with red trim, the facility's white walls, black mats, and glossy hardwood floors offer a non-distracting environment in which Hiroshi and his three fellow personal trainers customize clients' workouts. Members also complete self-guided routines, and take CrossFit classes.

1280 North Avenue
Plainfield,
NJ
US

Many gyms offer advanced fitness equipment, motivating programs and classes, and a host of amenities. But unlike many conventional gyms, Lady of America Greenbrook caters specifically to women. In spacious, comfortable workout rooms, resistance machines are custom-fit to women’s smaller frames. Trained staff plays with kids 6 months and older in the childcare area, which features health-focused activities as well as a PlayStation 2. The team also offers services such as nutrition counseling with certified sports nutritionists and one-on-one workouts with certified personal trainers. Additionally, fitness evaluations—which come free with every membership—are designed with women’s needs and concerns in mind.

In the gym, free weights build muscle, and recumbent bikes and elliptical machines boost endurance enough to outlast a dolphin or a submarine painted like a dolphin in a swimming contest. The advanced Precor model 956 treadmills’ impact-absorbing system saves joints while an active cardio monitor allows users to literally follow the dictates of their hearts. Instructors provide motivation in group classes such as ball Pilates, fitness yoga, spin, and Zumba. And the therapeutic heat of the infrared sauna allows for a nice post-workout relaxation session.

215 US Highway 22
Green Brook,
NJ
US

What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio seekers alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.

127 Rte 206 S
Trenton,
NJ
US

Located inside Whitehouse Mall, GoRyde?s studio motivates all muscle groups toward exertion with its slew of RealRyder stationary bikes that lean and react like bikes in real-world terrain. It?s the balancing, stabilizing, and turning on the RealRyders that strengthens cores while burning up to 30% more calories than traditional stationary bikes. Besides one-hour RealRyder classes, they also offer yoga, are one of northern New Jersey's largest TRX training facilities, and kettlebell classes as well as functional and sport-specific personal training from their movement specialists.

531 Hwy. 22 E
Whitehouse Station,
NJ
US

HealthQuest Fitness wants to help everyone from toddlers to seniors get healthy and in shape. Its fitness programs incorporate sports such as basketball and volleyball, and group workouts include dance, gymnastics, and martial arts. An outdoor pool with a water slide, an indoor pool, and swim lessons encourage underwater exploration, and kids' classes bring the excitement of physical activity to younger generations.

310 State Route 31
Flemington,
NJ
US