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.
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.
When Regina Janesko had to take a physical fitness test in order to keep a new job, the avid gym rat and weightlifter wasn't worried about passing. Yet somehow she failed the first two times she took it, leaving her with only one opportunity left. When her test administrators suggested she try CrossFit, Regina went to Bergen County CrossFit, where co-owner Daniel Ramsay created fitness routines tailored to the requirements of her exam. Needless to say, she nailed it on the third try. Today, she's still an active member at Bergen County Crossfit.
It's a common occurrence here: people wander in, some with a specific goal others without, and eventually become part of a community that seeks to support and encourage each other. The daily classes can be modified based on age and fitness level, and incorporate techniques such as kettle bells and core strengthening. Co-owner Lily is also known to dish out nutritional advice, helping members supplement their workouts with healthful meal suggestions and tips on where to find low-cal snacks.
Boring workouts have no place at CrossFit South Hackensack. Instead, instructors lead conditioning and strength-building classes that routinely change to incorporate new combinations of Olympic lifting techniques, gymnastics, and functional exercises. Students have complete control over each exercise though, and can run, squat, jump, push, and pull with an intensity that safely pushes the limits of their current fitness level. Instructors trust attendees to challenge themselves, but will provide inspiring motivation along the way while fostering a supportive community environment where students are encouraged to help each other by offering words of encouragement or telekinetic weight-lifting assistance.