At CrossFit 732 at Absolute Fitness NJ, it’s not uncommon to find people flipping truck tires, doing pull-ups, or climbing a rope to the ceiling. Outside, someone might be pulling a jeep with their bare hands. If doesn’t sound like a typical workout, that’s because it’s not—cofounders Rob Esposito and Jerry Andrews have built more than a simple gym, assembling a fitness school and community based on support for one other and the unceasing push to test physical limits.
Like a teenager’s mood, the workouts change each day, adhering to CrossFit’s principles of varied, functional movements. Sessions may combine cardio, such as running and jumping with weightlifting, kettlebell exercises, and body-weight exercise, such as pushups, pull-ups, and burpees. The staff, which includes CrossFit-certified trainers and a former military police officer in the US Navy, also leads programs such as youth conditioning and training for sports including weightlifting and Red Rover.
Total Core Fitness Boot Camp's four-week sessions eschew full-metal drill sergeantry for a positive, encouraging style. Motivating trainers help campers get into shapes such as buff, lean, and octagon via a comprehensive nutrition plan, tracking of body-mass stats, and 50-minute workouts. At camp, like-minded folk of various abilities engage in a variety of aerobic options, both indoors and out, including group activities, such as swinging mallets at tires until they shed oily tears and lugging weights in relay races. Traditional equipment such as stationary bikes and rowing machines are also on hand and foot. The boot-camp schedule includes classes throughout the day on Mondays–Thursdays, and the next session begins on March 14. Anxious ab disciplinarians can begin sooner and roll over unattended classes to the next session.
Before earning his black belt from World No Gi Champion Pablo Popovitch, professor Tony Rivera studied the art of Brazilian jujitsu under world-renowned masters and champions for more than 10 years. Now, as head of Brazilian jujitsu at Strategic Combat Academy, he passes those lessons on to beginner and novice fighters with the aid of highly experienced coaches. Through sparring and live drilling, students train for competition in numerous combat styles, including mixed martial arts, boxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and muay thai.
The facility’s 20’x20’ Everlast ring welcomes bouts of sparring, and pupils grapple and give each other loving bear hugs in the 525-foot cage. The instructors help students improve full nelsons in wrestling classes, whip into fighting form during cardio-conditioning sessions, and learn to use their feet as weapons in kickboxing classes.
The kids program introduces youngsters to many of the same combat arts, elucidating self-defense skills while imparting values including self-discipline and self-confidence.
A dancer since age 6, Dasha Sushko founded Ballroom Dream in 2011 after a successful professional dance career in both Russia and the United States. She and her instructors teach fledgling dancers at ballroom, Latin, and swing classes inside Ballroom Dream’s 4,000-square-foot facility, which features a floating hardwood dance floor. Mirrors help students assess their form during group or private lessons, and on every first and third Friday and fourth Saturday of the month, the studio turns up its professional-grade sound system to let students flaunt their newfound form during social dances. Classes are open to adults as well as kids, who discover dance basics during entertaining classes that help expend youthful energy faster than a feverish baseball-card trading session.
The passionate instructors at Vertical Fitness & Dance, LLC encourage and support students of all skill levels. Within the clean, spacious studio, students of all skill levels utilize chrome poles, gaining confidence and body awareness as they burn fat and strengthen limbs.
Club Metro USA believes that it takes more than rows of exercise machines and a couple of dumbbells to create a desirable workout experience. At all of their Club Metro USA locations throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, founders Emile Farina and Mike Sullivan strive to treat their members less like anonymous gym grunters and more like guests at a stress-free vacation resort. The calorie-eliminating haven features a streamlined decor and innovative workout equipment, along with classes and programs for all skill levels, including yoga, boxing, and dancing, along with amenities such as personal trainers, tanning booths, a juice bar, and a Kids’ Club playroom for unleashed toddlers.