FIT4MOM helps women stay in shape throughout their pregnancies and into motherhood. The Fit4Baby class strengthens muscles while reducing traditional pregnancy aches and pains. Stroller Strides welcomes moms to push their babies in buggies while they power walk and strength train, a much more effective workout than repeatedly lifting a diaper bag full of bricks. FIT4MOM’s instructors also lead barre-inspired classes and 5K training.
The consortium of professional instructors at the many Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Hands-on learning and playtime in JW Tumbles’ interactive classes helps children explore the far reaches of their cranial caverns. Parents with toddlers younger than three years old can enroll in parent-participation classes such as Squeakers Class, geared toward four- to 10-month-olds, or Wobblers Class, where baby bodybuilders 11 to 18 months old practice tumbling and balance to increase motor skills and decrease the need for sippy-cup creatine shakes. Ages three and up can fly solo (parents can watch from the sidelines if they wish) during age-appropriate and highly interactive independent classes. The Artsy Kids Class teaches two- to five-year-olds creative skills, and three- to four-and-a-half-year-olds prep for kindergarten in the Stompers Class.
A lot of people like to have a one-on-one with a trainer before embarking on a new fitness regimen. But at First Class Fitness, visitors have the option of meeting with a veteran exercise physiologist, who will issue a fitness evaluation and a comprehensive health screening in order to draft a unique, custom-tailored training program. What follows in the cozy, earth-toned gym might vary from person to person: instructors hold boot camp and circuit classes, and personal trainers provide focused attention to help clients reach specific goals. Other guests might opt to work out independently by lifting weights in the carpeted equipment room or by taping toy cars to their feet and gliding on the hardwood floor of the stretching studio. The one thing that is consistent, however, is the inviting atmosphere, which welcomes guests of all ages and from all walks of life.
Snap Fitness of Mahwah’s spacious fitness center furnishes members with 24-hour access to state-of-the-art cardio and strength-training equipment as well as onsite tanning and an online fitness program. Clients can arrive day or night to tour the gym’s myriad machines and beseech fitness experts for health tips during staffed hours throughout the week. Members have access to the Truestar Health Nutritional Portal, which helps clients infuse healthy habits into everyday life by offering advice 24/7 on key areas such as nutrition, sleep patterns, and growing backyard vegetable gardens in zen-like configurations. Tanning highlights newly protruding muscles with a sun-kissed glow.
Bounce! Trampoline Sports proves that learning to dunk a basketball is not a matter of practice and persistence, but of location. On the new slam-dunk basketball lanes, preteens can achieve the same amount of air time as pro stars, dropping the ball into the net before landing safely on the springy floor. The new lines are part of a recent expansion which includes a new dual foam pit. You’ll also find an enormous main court and two trampoline dodgeball areas including the sloped walls—with elastic surface. These antigravity zones allow for freeform flips and bounds as well as games and activities. . Dodgeball teams lob soft spheres at each other in midjump for an exhilarating workout, The center court also caters to skateboarders and snowboarders, who can rehearse their tricks without worrying about hard falls or the harsh critiques of a nearby Sasquatch.
During open bounce time, the gym welcomes guests of all ages to test its cushy amenities, all of which are supervised by staff and protected by various safety measures. Bounce! Jr., a separate area for youngsters aged 6 and younger, boasts its own miniature version of the main courts' foam pit, as well as an inflatable obstacle course. Group events range from birthday parties to corporate gatherings, and an arcade allows friends to take breaks from the hopping grounds. All of these features have helped Bounce! to garner considerable press—its trampolines have been seen on Today and as far away as Japan on Tokyo TV.