BFF Fitness Boot Camp blends the high-energy atmosphere of a gym with the support system and nutrition advice of a weight-loss center. The certified personal trainers motivate fitness-seekers of all levels with positive reinforcement. They stage monthly weight-loss contests to celebrate achievement and fuel a healthy competitive spirit in their students, and write up detailed fitness reports every six weeks that outline workout results, areas of improvement, and frozen-meat-slab-punching speeds. Even their indoor air-conditioned gymnastics-style facility is supportive, outfitted with cushioned floors to reduce the joint stress of already low-impact boot-camp workouts. To further help their clients reach their fitness goals, they offer group personal training and nutrition counseling.
Nearly every kind of person has found success at 2XR Boot Camp Cross Fitness—from college students looking for some structure as they strike out on their own to adults who've lost upward of 100 pounds. During these indoor boot-camp sessions, clients avoid the boredom that often causes people to abandon exercise programs, because each session incorporates an ever-changing routine of cardio and resistance training. People of all fitness levels benefit from the boot-camp program, since the exercises are easily tailored to both beginners and more advanced athletes. During a boot-camp session, participants maximize fat-burning results with quick spurts of sprinting intermixed with walking and jogging on the treadmill—known as high-intensity interval training—along with suspension work designed to engage the core, and a variety of weight-training exercises. Campers might try out everything from whipping heavy battle ropes up and down to getting on the floor for pushups, burpees, and rounds of playing dead.
VIP Fitness Studio offers patrons a more personalized, intimate space for bulking up or slimming down. Guests pound out an early morning workout using free weights or Selectorized strength equipment, log some miles on the treadmill, or channel Clubber Lang at the gym?s 100-pound heavy bag. A cast of chiseled personal trainers help patrons set and succeed at their fitness goals and take on thumb-wrestling challengers at the tables of the gym?s all-natural juice bar.
CrossFit Meadowlands? head coach, Anthony Rumo, owns black belts in both karate and judo, but, though he has trained in martial arts since age 9, he?s never found any training regimen as demanding and effective as CrossFit. After discovering the system?s benefits while training at an MMA gym in California, he traveled the country learning as much as he could, eventually earning more than five certifications that include CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Strongman, and CPR. Together with coach Frankie Corvelli, named New Jersey's strongest man under 175 pounds, he now leads groups of fitness disciples as they embark upon journeys into the community of CrossFit.
The pair?s 7,000-square-foot facility harbors equipment including 40 yards of AstroTurf, 20-foot ceilings with five climbing ropes, 3,000 pounds of bumper plates, gymnastics rings, and strongman equipment such as sleds, Atlas stones, and tires up to 500 pounds. Students interact with this equipment as they charge through WOD?workouts of the day?which vary constantly but can include weight lifting, cardio training, and body-weight exercises such as pushups, air squats, and dips on suspended rings. Unlike the sack race portion of a job interview, Anthony and Frankie scale their classes for athletes of all ages and fitness levels, resulting in workouts that are universally challenging.
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.