An indoor-cycling studio, Breakaway Ryder uses stationary RealRyder bicycles, which tilt and lean in an effort to provide a full-body workout. Exercisers hop off of the polished, wooden studio-floor and on to one of several stationary bikes, where their legs furiously pump in group classes. Certified instructors lead them in cross-training sessions, orchestrating tilts and turns that exercise the core as well as the lower body.
When years of competitive running and triathlon competitions left her with race-ending injuries, studio owner Jen Portman turned to yoga to help heal and strengthen her achy limbs. Jen studied under celebrated yogis including Bikram Choudhury and Shiva Rea, and now passes on their wisdom in the confines of her own heated studio. Her hot-yoga sessions are suitable for students of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels, as the intense temperatures help melt even the stiffest of muscles into deep, healing stretches and Möbius-strip-inspired poses.
Within a vibrant, yellow-and-blue-walled workout space, a fleet of free weights, treadmills, stationary bikes, and elliptical trainers populate the floor. Group workouts take solo regimes a step further, cultivating a sense of community as students perform step aerobics, kickboxing moves, or deeply held yoga poses in a heated studio. Additionally, personal-training sessions allow clients to work with a fitness guru who will custom build a workout that incorporates functional-training tools such as jump ropes, medicine balls, and dip bars, as well as motivating tools such as encouraging words of wisdom and large gentlemen with chainsaws standing behind the treadmills. Guests can drop tots off at the childcare center, which welcomes kids with games, toys, and a television. After workouts, grownups can replenish energy reserves with fresh-fruit smoothies at the adjacent café, where they can also play chess or surf the Internet between weight-lifting sessions. To promote wellness inside and out, they can visit an onsite spa or stop and see the resident chiropractor, who can treat their sports injuries and chronic pain with a range of holistic therapies.
On June 19, 1946, a veritable herd of racing fans—18,724 of them, in fact—galloped through the turnstiles at Monmouth Park Race Track. It was a gathering fit for a historic return, and indeed it was: 53 years separated that moment from the last time the track had hosted a race. Originally opened in 1870 in an effort to increase summer trade and give horses something to do while not in school, Monmouth Park was immediately popular, earning the moniker “Newmarket of America," a reference to the famed course in England. Yet in 1894, the state of New Jersey banned wagering on horses, effectively ending the facility's operations. In the 1940s, though, a man named Amory M. Haskell lobbied to have that law reversed. Today, the track honors its legislative savior by hosting the annual Haskell Invitational, a 1 1/8-mile race limited to three-year-old horses who’ve just learned to race without their training hooves.
Eastpointe Health and Fitness takes an integrative approach to wellness. The staff includes chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, physical therapists, fitness instructors, nutritionists, and personal trainers. To accommodate this wide array of services, the facility is broken down into rooms for wellness treatments, two fitness studios for classes such as yoga and Zumba, and a gym with complimentary childcare.
Open 24/7, the 35,000-sqaure-foot facility at 365 Premier Fitness & Wellness is set up to eradicate workout excuses. Here, clients can find everything they need to burn fat and build lean muscle, from an indoor lap pool to strength and cardio machines to a separate spinning studio. Certified instructors teach a host of group fitness classes, including Zumba, yoga, and interval training, and martial-arts classes are supplemented by speed and heavy bags for those looking to punch and kick their way to fitness. The spacious gym also offers complimentary towel service and childcare, making working out hassle-free and putting an end to diaper-bag bench-press competitions.