Instead of making a trip to the gym feel like drudgery, the staff of Liven Up Health & Fitness wants its clients to think of the gym as an escape. To do this, the center provides all of the amenities of a corporate facility but with a more-personal vibe that caters to individuals' fitness goals through private, semiprivate, and group personal training. Designed by two exercise physiologists, the gym's membership options provide body-composition analysis, team and personal training, and access to the open gym.
More than 20 years into a career in the fitness industry, RDA owner Rob knows he's in the right field. His passion for helping people realize their full potential is actually why he founded the center. "Allow us," he asks on his website, "to be part of your journey toward a healthier, happier life." A community- and family-oriented gym, RDA is where group fitness and independent workouts are equal partners in success. Free morning childcare services don't hurt, either.
The facility is stocked with everything to help exercisers reach their goals, including treadmills that face floor-to-ceiling windows and certified trainers who help lead the way in 15- or 30-minute sessions. Spacious studios also host a packed schedule of mostly 60-minute classes that help participants get fit and still have enough time to name each of their new ab muscles.
As a Zumba instructor, Diana Blandon saw how much people enjoyed burning calories while swiveling their hips to the Latin-inspired beats, so she decided to open her own Zumba studio. She recruited a team of certified instructors and decked the studio walls in yellow and purple to complement the high-energy classes.
Less than a year later, her studio's grown faster than she ever thought it would. "I'm actually looking for something bigger," she says. "Every [class], I'm getting more people."
Diana attributes the overwhelmingly positive response to a few factors. As patrons attend classes, they can rest assured their wee ones are safely frolicking with free childcare. Kids can watch movies, play games, or use the WiFi to work on homework assignments or download longer and more boring homework assignments. And then there's the workout itself: "It's a fun way to burn calories," Diana says.
In addition to adult classes, Diana hosts kids Zumbatomic classes, leading wee ones in games, dancing, and exciting exercises—welcoming their parents to join in and then stay for the adult class afterward. Her instructors also offer a weekly yoga class and dance lessons in Latin styles such as salsa and merengue.
Fitness Factory's three North Jersey locations each have their own distinctive features, but they share at least one common trait: a dedication to help clients achieve personal wellness. Each staff of trainers offers personal training sessions and also leads group classes that range from fast-paced Zumba and boot camp to more mellow yoga classes conducted by sloths. To further accommodate clients, the fitness clubs offer a smoothie bar, sauna, and babysitting services.
At Foundational Health and Fitness, a welcoming, all-woman faculty helps students achieve their fitness and health goals with a well-rounded program of group workouts and nutrition management. Certified holistic-nutrition consultant Wendy Dransfeld divulges tips to help clients stay on track, while Zumba, Pilates, and boot-camp sessions turn midsections and legs into sleek landscapes of muscle. In addition to releasing pent-up sweat, clients can tan in the studio's Sundash Level 3 beds, which impart golden glows without the discomfort of swallowing a handful of pennies.
Boasting a resume that lists AFAA fitness certification and more than 25 years of experience teaching in the workout world, Maryann King invites students of all ages and sizes to abandon their preconceived notions of exercise and shimmy their way to wellness in fun, party-like Zumba classes set to Latin-inspired beats. In addition to offering traditional Zumba Fitness, she leads Zumba Toning sessions, which throws in light free weights and strength-training routines.