Though CrossFit SOAR now occupies a 5,000-square-foot gym and counts many fitness fanatics among its membership ranks, it wasn't always this way. When the gym was founded in 2010, it was stationed in a garage. Then founder Steve Keefer shared his love for CrossFit and recruited like-minded coaches and members to join him.
The focus has always been a holistic approach to exercise, one that encompasses not only stamina, strength, and flexibility, but also competition with oneself and thy couch-loving alter-ego. In fact, thanks to CrossFit's scalability, the workouts are the same for athletes, senior citizens, and even children?they're just adjusted for intensity as students progress and set new personal bests.
Master Solomon Pavlou, a seventh-degree black belt with more than three decades of experience, still loves teaching the classic Korean martial art of tae kwon do to newcomers. At his studio, S. Pavlou Tae Kwon Do, he and his staff schedule classes for youngsters and teens alike. They also offer more fitness-minded tae kwon do classes for adults who want to get in shape and be able to chop their scales in half in case the screens display too high of a number.
Signature service: Dance lessons for adults and kids
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Years of Knowledge: 25
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your lesson so you can change your shoes, prepare, and start on time.
Though nightclubs usually come equipped with dance floors, they aren't exactly kid-friendly. That's where Dance Education Unlimited 2 comes in. The dance center caters exclusively to children and teens, creating a safe outlet for them to boogie, pop-and-lock, and sashay. To do so, the center pairs students with instructors who have performed in hip-hop music videos and choreographed pieces for competitions. The skilled teachers lead their charges through an array of class offerings including ballet, modern, tap, and break dance, instilling discipline, balance, and strength along with skills that will come in handy during college admission dance-offs.
Using the Hatha yoga method of connecting breath with movements, Bloom Yoga's instructors guide students through Vinyasa-style flow classes that boost flexibility, strength, balance, and overall wellbeing. For beginners, this is a slower-paced flow; once they move onto Level 2 adult classes, instructors pick up the pace and include more challenging poses. Classes are offered on mornings, evenings, and weekends.
Aikido is the "loving protection of all beings," in the words of Morihei Ueshiba, who created the martial-arts style. Although it sometimes incorporates wooden weapons, at its heart, aikido seeks to act as a replacement for violence. Greg O'Connor, founder and chief instructor at Aikido Centers of New Jersey, brings Ueshiba's tenets to his students, who have included children and seniors, as well as members of the New Jersey State Police, the Department of Homeland Security, and the US Secret Service. O'Connor and more than 40 other instructors teach students self-defense tactics that redirect attacks, as well as more advanced methods that include wooden sword and staff training and aikido's dramatic falls and rolls.