The certified coaches at CrossFit OTG can fine-tune their repertoire of movements to condition many different types of bodies, which is why they are easily able to train rugby players and CEOs in the same space. The team—which includes a former police officer, an elementary-school physical-education teacher, and founder Nick DiMatteo—encourages guests to reach outside preconceived definitions of fitness during intense, communal workouts. They pile an ever-varied mix of resistance and cardio drills into group classes and sport-specific routines, drawing from established functional exercises that mirror real-life actions. During private sessions, they broaden the scope of the program to cover nutrition and motivational strategies, such as having a pro wrestler guard your alarm clock’s snooze button. Their ability to scale the intensity to any experience level fosters an accessible and diverse workout environment.
Home may be where the heart is, but a gym is where that heart stays fit. The family-owned Pinnacle Fitness & Wellness fits both roles with a staff of personal trainers, fitness class instructors, and a resident nutritionist who helps each client achieve their fitness goals in an intimate workout environment. Group fitness classes provide a supportive environment for students to shape and tone their bodies through Zumba, cardio kickboxing, and TRX training. Instructors even lead students in Flirty Girl Fitness classes, which aim to strengthen the core and create long, lean muscles using moves from pole dance routines, music videos, and speed dating seminars. Personal trainers also led small group fitness workouts for two to five people and individual sessions that take into account each client’s fitness level and needs to craft a specialized program geared toward sport-specific training or weight-loss goals.
In the eyes of an exercise enthusiast, 700 Fitness looks like a playground. Heavy ropes, tall boxes, and mallets wait to be hurled or jumped on. Bars of different heights support bodies as they swing up into the air, and elastic, neon straps provide resistance for challenging body-weight exercises.
But much like a ventriloquist dummy, the equipment is useless without some instruction. With the help of 700 Fitness's trained instructors, students weave through fitness circuits, KO punching bags, and learn how to always win The Floor is Lava game during parkour classes for all ages.
Exercise slings and punching bags hang above the wood floors of Jersey Girl Fitness' 3,500 square-foot studio, where ranks of all-female staff and visitors use them to build up and tone muscle. Instructors help visitors sweat out stress in dance and fitness classes such as TRX, boxing, Pilates, yoga, hip-hop, boot camp, kettle bells, and tabata.
Certified personal trainer and owner of The Fitness Studio Darcy Björnsson believes that an active lifestyle is within reach for everyone. She opened The Fitness Studio to combine the benefits of TRX suspension training, cardio, and strength training into one efficient workout. Offering both one-on-one training and small-group fitness training in her TRX studio, Darcy helps clients get into and maintain the best shape of their lives.
At the Four Seasons Ballroom, veteran personal trainer and fitness instructor Tara Romano commandeers the dance floor in the name of fitness, helming Zumba classes and boot camps that fuse cardio work, plyometrics, and strength training techniques. Tara also customizes workout regimens during personal training sessions to help clients safely reach their fitness goals, debunking the myth that the only way to get in shape is to steal Jack LaLanne’s foam muscle suit. Tara also brings her fitness expertise to celebrations, helming specialized, fitness-oriented birthday parties.
Club Fitness tones and pampers bodies with group training, personal training, and tanning services, earning the Best of Gloucester County award in 2013 for tanning services. The 15,000-square-foot club spans two floors partitioned into dedicated rooms for cardio, Group X, and spinning, as well as a fitness floor lined with Hammer Strength, Cybex, Precor, Star Trac, and Life Fitness equipment. Group exercise classes meet seven days a week, and Club Fitness frees up workout time for busy parents with onsite childcare and robot stand-ins to send to the office. To replenish spent energy reserves, a shake and juice bar pours out chilled refreshments and steaming cups of gourmet coffee.