Being raised in the Burmese fighting styles by his grandfather and working as a professional fighter between the ages of 16–26, Phil Dunlap is fluent in the language of foot and fist. A time would come, however, that would physically challenge him more than any of the 114 professional fights he's participated in. Prior to his 26th birthday, he broke his neck in a car accident, forcing him to step out of the ring for what medical professionals thought would be forever. This didn’t sit well with Dunlap, who had been used to pushing himself since he was a child. On a mission to prove his doctors wrong, he worked long and hard enough to eventually fight again at the age of 36 and open his very own studio, Advanced Fighting Systems.
Today, he and his team lead classes, including Burmese boxing and mixed martial arts, which focus on self-defense and total-body fitness. They put students through standup striking drills and demonstrate how to wrap legs and arms around opponents to develop useful grappling skills for winning a match in the ring or convincing your boss to give you a raise. While the instructors help fighters train for competitive matches, they don't pressure anyone to go in that direction, creating an environment where everyone can feel free to achieve their own goals.
Each Body By Laser clinic pairs cold-laser technology with holistic health practices to help patients lose inches and keep them off. The treatment gets its magic from cold lipolasers, which are designed to gently shrink fat cells by dislodging their contents so that they can be fully discarded through the body's natural metabolic process and series of tiny secondhand stores. Each one-hour treatment series wraps up with a consultation on diet and exercise, along with a quick session atop a whole-body-vibration platform engineered to burn even more calories.
Like art-house films and fish-flavored popsicles, these procedures are not intended for everyone; females who are pregnant or nursing should not undertake the treatment, nor should patients with active forms of cancer. Should any complications be discovered during Body By Laser's initial screening, the company will issue a refund.
Located inside Mahwah Movement Arts in Mahwah's Ramapo Center, the newly opened Ma Yoga and Meditation is the brainchild of owner and certified instructor Lorin Oneal. Believing that a regular yoga and meditation can change lives for the better, she created a sanctuary for healing and empowerment. Here, clients can take hatha yoga classes for fitness, as well as kundalini yoga sessions, which is a dynamic practice that combines postures, breathing techniques, and energywork. In addition, clients can try Lorin’s own, Goddess Fitness, a dynamic fusion of yoga and bellydancing exclusive to Ma Yoga and Meditation that sculpts a woman's body with precision. The studio is named for the symbol Ma, which means divine mother and rebirth, and in the kundalini tradition, helps open one to compassion, creativity, and intuition. With constantly changing workshops and programs for kids, Ma Yoga is a place to begin or continue an intentional yogic journey.
Wellness is a way of life. That's why Ripcurl's lavish facility offers everything from weight training and cardio machines to yoga and Pilates classes that shape the physique. An on-staff nutritionist can set up a structured diet conducive to individual goals. Clients may also retreat to a cozy room for a private acupuncture session, or a therapeutic massage with hot stones and soothing aromatherapy.
The trainers at Odyssey Athletic Center know that a single approach to physical fitness is as boring as it is limiting. They bear certifications and degrees from a variety of disciplines, earning the recognition of workout guilds ranging from the Aerobic & Fitness Association of America and the World Instructor Training School to the American Council of Exercise. This knowledge of different exercise systems enables them to host 60 classes per week inside their 27,000-square-foot facility. Their scheduled Pilates sessions help students nurture lean muscle without bulk, and Zumba meetings melt away calories with fun dance steps set to a Latin beat. To ensure they stay informed on emerging fitness techniques, staff members attend continuing-education classes and hold weekly question-and-answer sessions with their dumbbells.