From tap dance to muay thai kickboxing, classes at Paganini Dance Fitness Martial Arts impart movement skills that can be used to get fit or show off. In between classes, students lounge at the Samba Café, where coffee and flat-screen TVs help them recharge. Once sufficiently fueled up, they're back in Paganini's studios, where instructors teach kids and adults how to twirl, tap, step, punch, kick, or lift weights. Students can also learn how to perform the dance-influenced Brazilian martial art of capoeira or the martial arts–influenced dance of full-contact do-si-do.
Artist Katie Niewodowski says she suffered from nearly debilitating, chronic migraines. That is, until she moved to Montclair, where she discovered holistic healing. This gradually led her into yoga, and as she began to look and feel healthier, she started practicing every day. Perhaps it was this decision that pushed her toward becoming a yoga instructor, leading to her education at the Bikram yoga school and Baron Baptiste's teacher training. She hasn't stopped learning since.
Today, as the owner of SunMoon Yoga, she leads a team of instructors who draw from backgrounds as diverse as acrobatics, poetry, and bending backwards to open doors. All lend their own touch to the studio's all-levels classes, in which they may help students align their chakras or teach them the meanings behind pieces of Sanskrit literature. Whatever their individual approaches, they all lead students sweating through traditional hot yoga, shifting through the fluid poses of vinyasa yoga, or chanting mantras and breathing rhythmically in Jivamukti yoga. Their breath and voices echo across the small studio's wood floors, where during the day, natural light filtering through light blue curtains contributes to the calming atmosphere.
Kids Party Play & Tumble was born when veteran teachers combined their gymnastics and dance schools into one establishment. The instructors have decades of combined experience in tumbling and dance instruction, guiding both adults and kids in the newly-renovated and safe parent and child gym. They round out their schedule with kids' birthday parties and yoga classes, which help increase the flexibility needed for dance, gymnastics, and pretending to be the size of a toddler so you can get a piece of birthday cake.
The certified fitness instructors at Try Me Fitness Studio use multiple methods to help individuals attain their personal fitness goals. Boot-camp and Zumba classes combine cardio with different brands of strengthening movements, and yoga sessions help clear minds while fortifying core muscles. Wall-to-wall mirrors follow students’ every pushup and head spin in the brightly lit studio, and a number of workout apparatuses help them along the way.
Equipment: Matrix, StarTrac, Hammer Strength
Students should bring: Water
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Exercising alone takes a lot of self-discipline. Although it is done, there is that fraction of people who need motivation. One-on-one training with a certified personal trainer can certainly give you that extra push to obtain your body goals. And, if that doesn't suit you, then group training with a friend or aerobics classes can motivate a client. It's social, fun, and a great workout.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
A person who hired a personal trainer for one year told us he went through a divorce, let alcohol consume him, gained excessive weight, and suffered depression. He knew it was time for a change, so he took the initiative to join the gym and hire a personal trainer. He not only lost 55 pounds, but also rejuvenated his spirit. We were very very proud of his transformation.
Whether training for a tournament or learning the rules for the first time, tennis players have plenty to love about the Pennsbury Racquet Club. Nine indoor courts, each newly resurfaced and illuminated with extra-bright, eco-friendly lighting, invite players to test their skills against each other, a ball machine, or the disapproving sports announcer in their head. To take players' games to the next level, USPTA- and PTR-certified coaches, some with more than 25 years of experience, offer private and semi-private lessons. There's also an on-site racket repair center, where players can get their equipment restrung and customized by a professional tech who's worked for Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, and Maria Sharapova. Pennsbury Racquet Club also offers fitness classes such as Zumba, Piloxing, Pilates, and more.