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One can look behind every stationary bike or beneath each treadmill, and never come across a man at American Woman Fitness Center. They will, however, find a swimming pool, rows of cardio machines, and a studio that hosts more than 50 fitness classes. Because the health club only admits women at its two locations, gals can feel more comfortable and confident as they break a sweat on elliptical machines and weight-training equipment.

The all-female staff leads a slew of group fitness classes, including CrossFit, Corebar training, Zumba, and yoga classes, some of which take place in the swimming pool and can result in highly desirable dolphin abs. In addition to classes, they offer personal-training sessions along with weight-loss and nutritional counseling tailored to female physiques. Clients can also monitor their children in the childcare area via TV screens while they work out in cardio or group fitness areas.

700 Broadway St.
Westwood,
NJ
US

With a long-standing commitment to the health and well-being of girls, women, and their families, YWCA Bergen County and its fitness classes help strengthen the mind and body, in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. The history of the organization is rich with groundbreaking programs to bolster race relations, achieve women's empowerment, support social-justice issues, and promote children's health by providing access to physical activity. Other fitness initiatives take place in the YWCA's gyms, where instructors put to use training in Zumba, yoga, and other disciplines. Employees further the organization's vision with dedication to school-age programs, child-care, and other health and fitness efforts in our community.

112 Oak St
Ridgewood,
NJ
US

Intense music lulls fitness-seekers into "the zone" as they pedal furiously in the low-lit workout room at Rev Ryder. As they cycle for 55 full minutes, they burn calories and get their hearts racing for a better cardio workout than watching the scary parts of The Exorcist over and over again.

174 Route 17
Sloatsburg,
NY
US

Ride Revolution's method for blasting calories and chiseling muscles into the body involves shocking the system and keeping muscles guessing at what level of strenuousness is coming next. Cycling-class participants have to push through terrain that varies from steep inclines to flat sprints, motivated only by the instructor's encouragement, the class's upbeat music, and the fistfuls of pennies promised upon completion.

In the dark, cool cycling room, exercisers atop top-of-the-line Schwinn bikes keep their legs pumping in a variety of classes, including a 45-minute midday ride, a 60-minute standard cycle session, and even a charity ride. Unlike traditional gyms, which can't focus all their energy on cycling, Ride Revolution is a cycling-only studio, which means it features such amenities as stadium-style seating, atmospheric lighting, and the cutting-edge Performance IQ heart-rate-monitoring system.

277 Livingston Street
Northvale,
NJ
US

Though now spread over the United States with 40 locations, Crunch gym started in a basement-level aerobics studio in New York City. Despite the humble location, the gym's founders aspired to foster a workout environment that would keep members exercising through entertainment and not shouting from drill-sergeant-like trainers. Their idea was to host fitness classes with offbeat touches, including hip-hop aerobics featuring a live rapper and coed action wrestling.

Twenty years later, Crunch gyms' fitness classes still stray from the beaten path. Body Web with TRX sessions suspend members from a pillar, where they complete gravity-defying maneuvers with help from strong resistance ropes. In Bosu Bootcamp, every exercise is completed on an apparatus that is part balance ball, part core board, and fully endorsed by circus seals nationwide.

600 Winters Ave.
Paramus,
NJ
US

Amy and Chris Miller don't want healthy living to stop the minute their clients leave the gym. ?We strive to help our clients reach a new level of mindfulness and physical well-being that can be transferred into their daily lives,? the owners explain. That's why they incorporate a holistic approach to Maxfit Indoor Cycling Retreat. Their spinning classes help to strengthen core and leg muscles while boosting metabolism and burning calories long after the sessions end.

25 Washington Street
Tenafly,
NJ
US