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.
Indian Rock Yoga’s teachers believe a supportive atmosphere is crucial for helping students reach their potential. That’s why they home in on each person’s unique needs and skill level, encouraging but never forcing advancement. The studio hosts a variety of yoga classes and styles, from beginner to advanced and prenatal to seniors. All the teachers are National Yoga Alliance members and boast extensive training that exceeds the organization’s requirements.
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.
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.
Rooted in the belief that anyone should be able to achieve peak fitness levels without having to break the bank, the staff at New Jersey Sports Advantage guides clients in elite-level training at affordable costs. Though they emphasize baseball and softball skill building, the licensed instructors also dedicate space in the 5,000-square-foot facility to boot camps, speed training, and sports performance programs for both individuals and teams. After a session on the Pilates reformers or relieving stress with a certified fascial stretch therapist, visitors can stop by the onsite café for a healthy snack or smoothie.