Certified personal trainer Donna Burick champions the rule of threes at 3DFitness. She strives to instill a trio of key emotional components—desire, discipline, and dedication—with a three-pronged approach to wellness, encompassing cardio drills, resistance work, and nutritional guidance. Drawing from more than 20 years of instructing experience, she tutors a range of students, from children to pageant contestants, with her program. She combines a medley of workouts to achieve the ideal balance, including kickboxing, Pilates, yoga, and sports-conditioning routines. In addition to prioritizing workout routines, she and her staff view dietary health as an integral part of any wellness journey. They furnish their routines with tips for speeding metabolism, such as eating six small meals a day and eating fewer butter sculptures. Whether they are structuring a new regimen for a private meeting or guiding groups through boot-camp classes, Donna and her staff instill a sense of accountability via close relationships with their guests.
At Belmar II Bowling Center, humanity and pins square off across the length of 32 glimmering lanes. In between sips, gulps, or spit-takes of beer or pop, patrons hurl weighted orbs or trash-talking competitors at defiant tensomes, re-creating the sound of rolling thunder. During cosmic bowling on Friday nights, teeth and T-shirts come creepily to life under the black lights, and drink specials keep glasses clinking. Guests can roll for a cause at periodic fundraisers for the American Cancer Society.
At 10 Pins of Trenton, families and friends send balls caroming down glossy lanes, waiting to hear the satisfying clatter of fallen pins as their teammates cheer them on from the sidelines. Onlookers can also watch the action from booths in the newly updated Classics Tavern, which offers a panoramic vantage point of every lane. Here, guests sit down for a meal or a drink, and flat screen televisions flicker with live sporting events. When kids need a break from bowling or trying to calculate scores faster than the auto system, they can escape to the onsite playroom.
The tagline at Mills Gymnastics USA is "home of happy, confident kids." The coaches don't take that motto lightly?the gymnastics center places a strong emphasis on childhood development and self-esteem building. In addition to helping kids work on strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and stamina, coaches help pupils learn the importance of a strong work ethic, time management, and self-reliance.
Children ages 18 months to 5 years old can attend "Tumble Bug" classes to master basic motor skills and learn tricks to impress the ice cream man. Older kids age 5 through 18 work on skills on floor, beam, bars, vault, and the 40-foot Tumble Trak Trampoline during recreational gymnastics classes. The gym also has a competitive team, an all-star cheer team, and hosts birthday parties, summer camps, and field trips.
Brent Insco had already roundhouse-kicked his way to a black belt in karate, trained with boxers, and learned krav maga when a car crash laid him low. As part of his physical therapy, he soldiered on in his martial endeavors and began the decade-long process of becoming a Brazilian jujitsu master. That was in 2004, and to this day he still makes frequent sojourns to San Diego to study under the BJJ legends, Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, who themselves learned the art at Gracie Humaitá, established by the creator of BJJ, Hélio Gracie. At his own studio, Downriver Jiu Jitsu & Fitness, Insco teaches students of all ages the fighting form—a judo-like discipline founded on the principle that a small fighter can best a larger opponent, as in the tale of David and Goliath or the popular children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, It Will Destroy You. Insco’s trainers also lead fitness classes, such as Latin-inspired Zumba dance, boot camp, yoga, and Bruce Lee’s martial-arts system, jeet kune do, and work with clients one on two in semi-personal-training sessions.
Hungry? Maybe it's time for a half-ton burger. That's not an exaggeration?in 2012, the team at Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar seared 1,000 pounds of beef, then placed it, along with a grocery store's worth of lettuce, onions, and tomatoes, between equally gargantuan buns. The prodigious patty was not without precedent: comically oversized hamburgers are the specialty here. If you don't believe it, crack open the nearest Guinness Book of World Records ?Mallie's edible leviathan is listed there three times as the World's Largest Commercially Available Burger. The fun-centric restaurant's colossal burgers have also appeared on the Travel Channel's Man v. Food, the Food Network's Outrageous Food, and the History Channel's Modern Marvels.
But Mallie's has plenty for those with slightly more modest appetites, too. Chefs that have been able to reverse the polarity on standard burger shrink rays also apply their genius to the rest of the menu. Homemade mac 'n' cheese, sizzling fajitas, and crispy salads topped with chicken round out their offerings.