In one section of No Body Denied’s 26,000-square-foot facility exercisers work up a sweat amid a sea of more than 70 cardio machines. In another part, kids aged 9–14 hurdle obstacles, run on a track, and scale agility ladders during Track Attack—one of three programs made just for kids. As their gym's name states, the staff at No Body Denied set out to create a multipurpose gym to include everyone, and with that in mind, they also included a childcare center to relieve parents of watching their wee ones while working out.
Throughout three studios, the gym’s instructors lead more than 15 group fitness classes, including Group Groove, which inspires students to whip into shape by busting a move to up-tempo music. More than 85 classes take place each week, utilizing cycling machines, 25,000 pounds of free weights, and the NBD Strike Zone, where blue heavy bags try helplessly to defend themselves from a flurry of kicks and punches. A team of trainers also offers personalized athletic training and team training for adults and kids. To help guests recover after intensive workouts, No Body Denied’s dry sauna can help keep muscles loose and resistant to injury without the use of witchcraft.
One is the loneliest number, which is why the well-appointed club for men and women Image Planet joins forces with neighboring health club for women Image 2000 to offer a plethora of fitness classes and workout equipment seven days a week. Inside the spacious cardio area, Life Fitness machines line the wall—each sporting built-in TV screens with more than 250 channels and a rotating selection of tiny people. Knowledgeable instructors guide all levels through more than 40 group fitness classes, from trendy Zumba and Pilates sessions to Image Planet's signature Silver Sneakers —a class designed exclusively for seniors. Guests can also reach their fitness and wellness goals through the club's menu of alternative-health options, which range from nutritional counseling and health seminars to onsite chiropractic services.
Image Planet's space-age design is courtesy of architect Rudy Fabiano, who paired exposed metal beams with high-vaulted ceilings and a to-scale replica of the moon. Guests refuel their bodies at the center's juice bar and health grill, and little ones stay entertained inside the learning center, which features a Nintendo Play Station and large movie-theater screen.
Director Theresa Rowland dedicated herself to yoga after being introduced to it by her mother, learning Iyengar yoga from BKS Iyengar himself and pursuing studies in therapeutic recreation and movement therapy. Employing an extensive roster of instructors, Theresa's studio hosts eclectic classes for all levels of students and trains aspiring Iyengar yoga instructors. In addition to meditation and yoga sessions, which promote self-awareness, the studio also offers fitness-oriented workouts, such as Pilates and Zumba. During class, Studio Yoga's childcare services can keep an eye on students' toddlers or needy house plants.
Daily stresses in life, injury, and pregnancy strain the body's joints, and it's the job of exercise to strengthen muscles, easing the strain and supporting the skeletal system. That was the idea that led Joseph Pilates to create his signature method, performed at Pilates of New Jersey. Five certified instructors—one a physical therapist experienced in physical rehabilitation—teach students the ins and outs of Pilates' various machines and maneuvers. Along the way, they discuss the rationale behind each movement, handing out tips on how to move safely without wasting energy or how to safely tickle strangers' cats.
Glowing hardwood floors support rows of reformers, towers, and exercise balls, all used to enhance the intensity of Pilates motions. Crimson walls fortify the studio, the color echoed in every piece of Pilates equipment within the clean, newly outfitted space.
Wide windows flank one wall of Inner Spirit Studio’s 2,500-square-foot facility, and floor-to-ceiling mirrors flank the other. In this airy, light-filled space, instructors lead students through hot-yoga and Pilates routines. The studio contains locker rooms for men and women, complete with private shower stalls.
Within her corner of Gold Medal Fitness, Pilates trainer Carolyn DeSimone helps exercisers boost core strength through workouts performed with precise physical alignment. She sculpts the entire body using the reformer suspension system or focuses on abs, lower backs, and glutes during mat classes that improve flexibility and posture.
Doug Petschow founded Strength and Fitness Club as a complete haven of healthy living. The 19,000-quare-foot club does the basics right—each piece of equipment on the cardio platform features USB ports for charging an iPod or cell phone, cooling fans, and a flat-screen high-definition TV on which exercisers can catch their favorite shows or watch their kids playing in the Mini Muscles Daycare through a special channel. Lock-and-load selectorized equipment eliminates the need for pins, and a nine-piece circuit training area guides members through a full-body workout in half an hour. The staff stocks the free-weight area with dumbbells, plates, Hammer Strength equipment, and power racks, and there's also a separate, padded ab area set up with BOSU balls, mats, and other equipment. Four fitness studios host boot camps, yoga, spin, and other classes on the bustling group-class schedule, including mixed martial arts in a dedicated space. Meanwhile, personal trainers help members home in on specific goals, such as toning their muscles or lifting their entire teddy-bear collection into bed at once.
But Doug didn't stop there. He set up a juice bar where members could wash down turkey burgers with protein shakes after a hard workout. To help members look and feel even more fabulous, he set up a massage studio and tanning beds onsite. The staff keeps the locker rooms and neatly tiled showers sparkling, cleaning them twice a day.