Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class (a $15 value per class) provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags.
Having spent many years in the dance and fitness industries, Vanessa Berry knew precisely what to look for in her staff members when she opened Kick Dance Studios more than 10 years ago. Today, staffers include those who have trained at distinguished organizations including the School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, and Broadway Dance Center.
But as proud as she is of her team, Berry is doubly so of her students, including her award-winning dance team. Her facility's two studios constantly bustle with the moves and grooves of highly organized dance classes, which include ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, musical theater, and acrobatics.
At Garden State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, instructors teach both novices and competitive athletes the nuances of brazilian jujitsu, no-gi submission wrestling, wrestling, and judo. The academy works to foster friendship and a comfortable atmosphere and to prepare students for both competition and self-defense situations.
A putt-heavy microcosm set smack in the middle of the sprawling Twin Brooks Golf Center, the manicured mini-golf course offers 18 holes of exciting, varied terrain. The petite playing field is loaded with obstacles for all ages and skill levels, with carefully designed caverns and free-flowing waterfalls conspiring to prevent multicolored balls from settling into holed homes. Great for competitive double dates or a family activity less controversial than window-shopping for puppies, Twin Brooks' miniature golf provides oversized fun by way of a shrunken-down sport.
Before he bore the title "sensei," Eddie DeGaetano held a different one: "hero." As an New York City firefighter, Eddie tirelessly protected the city from danger. In a way, he continues that work at Colts Neck Dojo, where he and his instructors teach students how to fend off opponents at karate classes for adults, teens, and children. They also offer cardio kickboxing and yoga for fitness-minded patrons.
The indoor pool at Five Star Aquatics serves as a classroom for swimming lessons. In its 90-degree waters, certified instructors teach students to float, breathe rhythmically, and ultimately grow gills. Besides minting new swimmers, instructors lead classes for competitive and casual athletes, as well as individuals with limited mobility.
Other instructors at Five Star Aquatics teach dry-land classes such as yoga and Zumba. To further enhance vitality, massage therapists welcome clients into a private room for bodywork sessions that relieve aches and restore peace of mind.