Jackie Collier-Thomas, the owner of Fitness With A Beat, has been a group exercise instructor for many years, experience that she now brings to Zumba classes for exercisers of all abilities. A licensed member of the Zumba Instructor Network, Jackie specializes in regular Zumba and Zumba Toning classes, which use Zumba Toning sticks and enhanced rhythms to help sculpt and tone the body. Jackie also conducts Zumba Gold and Zumba Gold Toning classes that specialize in moves for active older or deconditioned participants.
The lively dance instructors at GoDiva Studio impart the rhythm to burn calories in a variety of sweat-manufacturing, 60-minute dance classes, which may incorporate dance poles, thumping hip hop beats, and entrancing Latin melodies. The GoSensual Flex class blends hot dance moves with serene yoga and Pilates techniques to improve balance and set chakras to conga; the GoOpen class for all skill levels hones the pole-dancing maneuvers of flirtatious flag-imitators. During Virgo's GoVixen class, stiletto-clad students boogie to the latest radio jams, and Eve guides the Latin footwork of the GoZumba class with agility and aplomb.
The fitness instructors at The Spa Next Door help clients achieve their self-improvement goals with varied courses that emphasize the value of cross-training. Gym members and drop-in guests improve stamina on stationary cycles, seek to shed pounds in boot-camp classes, and sweat to upbeat Latin music in Zumba sessions.
For members of LOA Fitness for Women, the word support means more than having a reliable spotter at your bench. It's a keystone of the women-only gym, where ladies of all fitness levels can exercise and socialize in the presence of a community-oriented staff. Formerly Ladies Workout Express, founder Rebecca Tainter established LOA Fitness for Women to provide a workout space that was both physically and emotionally empowering, and to that end, her instructors lead motivational group classes in Zumba, yoga, and general fitness away from men and bodybuilding kangaroos.
Personal trainers also meet with clients for one-on-one sessions, drawing from several disciplines—including Pilates and medicine-ball workouts—to craft highly customized routines. They even plan specialized pre- and post-natal regimens, as well as workouts for women who have recently undergone cosmetic surgery. For visitors with kids, an onsite childcare service entertains youngsters—a far safer alternative to letting them build barbell forts on the gym floor.
Veterans of the physical training profession, the five trainers at Spa Lady South Orange are dedicated to helping women achieve their weight and fitness goals through motivated lifestyle changes. In their bright, airy weight room and wood-floored class area, the trainers lead these clients through exercises tailored to sculpt each unique body or test the limits of each unique human-impersonating robot. Group classes emphasize exercise's communal appeal, with Zumba, Pilates, and kickboxing helping students burn calories in fun, high-energy settings. In addition to classes and training sessions, the gym also houses a few weight-loss shortcuts; heat body wraps help trim down stubbornly plump parts of the body with fat-melting warmth.
For the past 25 years, Starseed Yoga & Wellness has provided a space for guests to get in shape and relieve anxiety through yoga and meditation. The staff understands that starting yoga can be overwhelming, so they offer more than 25 classes each week to suit students with different levels of experience or rebellious students who refuse to salute the sun. Students can participate in vigorous Vinyasa sessions or gentle restorative yoga, or head to mind-body workshops held at different times throughout the year.