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.
"In three years, I've never repeated a workout. Who wants to do the same thing over and over again?" said Total Core Fit Camp?s head trainer, Ryan Toth, according to Fighting For Life. The seasoned athlete's creative, constantly varied workouts have drawn more than 400 fitness seekers to his program and earned a feature on News 12's Get Fit Fridays. Amid his studio's pull-up bars, kettlebells, and punching bags, Ryan and his staff of fellow certified trainers lead functional workouts, favoring blasting through total-body movements over working on weight machines or running on treadmills. Ryan?s dedication to fitness seeps into his personal life as well, as you can spot his wife Dori sweating alongside him while their three young children watch and record their critiques.
Ryan and the trainers encourage their students to achieve healthy lifestyles beyond the classroom with nutritional counseling, arming them with custom meal plans, nutrition tips, and wholesome recipes. His online program provides busier patrons with complete at-home workouts, enabling them to bust moves at home or during their manager's long-winded motivational speech at the office.
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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.