At Cycle in Motion, exercisers cover plenty of territory without ever leaving Maplewood. Pedaling furiously behind the lead of the studio's certified instructors, groups of individuals burn calories as they embrace different styles, approaches, and music playlists of each class. Cycle in Motion's schedule reflects that diversity, with class types ranging from traditional spinning and triathlon training to full-body workouts. No matter the class, though, exercisers can rest assured that the ride is ultimately theirs to control—meaning they can go at their own speed, pedal at a comfortable intensity level, and blast through pretend milk stands if they so choose.
Within Hills Fit Studio, exercisers embark on transcontinental rides without ever leaving the comfort of Livingston. Their stationary sojourns begin atop the fitness studio's fleet of high-tech indoor cycling bikes, which come equipped with clips on the pedals, no-slip handlebars, and water bottle-holders. Calibrated for both beginning and advanced riders, spin classes send participants over simulated hills and flatlands on rides synced with the tunes that bump from the studio's sound system. All workouts unfold within the fitness studio, a cozy, boutique-like space with flourishes including pristine hardwood floors and wall-length mirrors.
The staff members at SpaLady not only make it comfortable for women to work out, but they also make it easy. They lead group-fitness classes—including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and Cardio Tone—seven days a week, and the staff offers free daycare services. Patrons also have the option to work out in the gym's expansive cardio and weight rooms.
At Revolution Cycling Studio, founder, certified spin expert, and personal trainer Traci Sakellakis leads a team of instructors who know firsthand how life-changing—perhaps even addictive—spinning can be. Class leader Jennifer Giordano became hooked on cycling almost by accident: one Saturday afternoon 10 years ago, her brother invited her for a "leisurely" bike ride that ended up stretching a whopping 33 miles. She rose to the occasion, and now encourages others to meet their own fitness goals. Additionally, fellow staffer Christian Ramos was overweight and out of shape before he started cycling, but has since lost more than 80 pounds and helps students do the same.
Motivating shouts and energizing beats from the sound system keeps students’ heart rates high as they pedal within the small, intimate studio. Some classes even feature themed music, such as tunes by "one-hit wonders" or a celebration of the British Invasion. Throughout the workout, the computerized Star Trac spinner bike provides continuous feedback on the exercisers' heart rate and distance travelled. The crew incorporates weight training and ab work into some sessions and also offers teen classes that are ideal for adolescent people or full-grown Keebler elves seeking stress relief.
The trainers at Affinity Fitness customize every exercise regimen and nutrition program to suit the health needs of each client. This approach emphasizes group classes as well as one-on-one instruction, and relies on workouts that incorporate more than one type of training. The schedule of more than 40 weekly classes includes boot camp, circuit training, indoor cycling, and Piloxing sessions. The studio also provides more unique classes, such as a Wing Chun and MMA class taught by a Hong Kong-trained master, and small group-training classes focused on a specialized format, such as interval training or extreme patty-cake.