TGA of Bergen County's staffers know golf and tennis, but above all else, they know kids. The highly trained pros and education experts have teamed up to design age-specific golf and tennis programs that not only teach children the rules of the game but also instill valuable life lessons, education, and a love for physical fitness. A proud USTA National Partner, the TGA develops its methodologies and curriculum in conjunction with the USTA's youth tennis standards. As children swing clubs and rackets, the instructors stress playing fair and developing self-confidence through success, giving them positive motivation and praise after they sink a tricky putt or hit a winner on the tennis court. The classes are interspersed with academic lessons on subjects such as math, science, and history, and of course, a healthy dose of fun. Whether the prescreened and certified instructors are leading kids in a summer camp or after-school program, they provide all the clubs, rackets, balls, and robo-caddies needed.
JCM Baseball Academy fosters the game's future stars under the guidance of owner Justin McKay—an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University who, in 2012, played a major role in leading the team to its best record since 1994. McKay has recruited a staff of fellow Division I–level coaches and players that, together, run numerous programs and camps throughout the year. The JCM's junior- and high-school camps, for instance, focus on the skills and mechanics required to play each position on the field, and also emphasize the importance of remembering to enjoy the game. The camps unfold at FDU's Naimoli Family Baseball Complex, which features state-of-the-art turf to prevent injuries and rival players from planting poison ivy around second base.
Yoga Vita seems to be made of sunshine. Glowing paper lanterns and golden-yellow walls greet all who enter, awakening the senses while melting the day’s stresses. Amid lush, green plants, new and seasoned yogis cultivate strength and focus with lengthy poses, controlled-breathing exercises, and guided meditation. To help students to align their bodies properly, instructors such as studio director Debra Lauren incorporate straps, blocks, and other supportive props. Debra has amassed a deep understanding of Iyengar yoga during repeated trips to India, which have refined her teaching skills and earned her enough frequent-flier miles to book passage to Jupiter.
The Spa at Glenpointe provides fitness and beauty services for all-over health and rejuvenation. The 26,000-square-foot gym is the happy house of individual exercise and personal-training options for members and their children. With more than 50 pieces of computerized cardiovascular equipment, weights, and a heated indoor pool, fitness routines of every variety can be raised and learn to heel at the facility. More than 58 group classes per week cater to interests from yoga to kickboxing, and personal training addresses the needs of exercise newbies and athletic veterans seeking individual attention. Three sessions allow participants to demystify fitness goals and the winding path toward them.
Aetrex prizes comfort and foot health without sacrificing fashion. Their collection of pumps, sandals, boots and casual footwear with footbeds that combine Lynco arch support, memory foam, and antimicrobial technology. For precise fit and comfort, Aetrex stores house iStep measuring systems that focus 3,744 barometric sensors and 1,300 LEDs and receptors to measure each customer?s arch type and foot pressure and size. Using the information gleaned from these scans, specific Lynco orthotics are recommended to increase the comfort of any pair of shoes with their fortifying insoles, producing the sensation of walking on clouds without getting weird looks from birds.
Sunflowers, palm trees, and crown-wearing frogs seem to bloom in mid-air at The Artistic Giraffe, spilling from the fingertips of students old and young. With a class schedule that includes both structured lessons and just-for-fun workshops, the studio empowers guests to trust their artistic intuition and let their imaginations roam. Many put brush to canvas at The Artistic Giraffe, but plenty come for the ceramics classes, too. And with a fleet of talented artists on staff, the studio also offers logos, murals, and face-painting services.