With a long-standing commitment to the health and well-being of girls, women, and their families, YWCA Bergen County and its fitness classes help strengthen the mind and body, in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. The history of the organization is rich with groundbreaking programs to bolster race relations, achieve women's empowerment, support social-justice issues, and promote children's health by providing access to physical activity. Other fitness initiatives take place in the YWCA's gyms, where instructors put to use training in Zumba, yoga, and other disciplines. Employees further the organization's vision with dedication to school-age programs, child-care, and other health and fitness efforts in our community.
Ray Dente has been part of the fitness industry for 25 years, conducting outdoor workouts on standup paddleboards and bicycles. His proclivities allowed him to spend ample time on New York's waterfront, soaking up some local history while sweating. In an effort to combine his love for fitness and his city, he created Fitness Tours of NY.
Ray and his guides conduct six tours of the city, each one rooted in a fitness activity that will also allow participants awe-inspiring views of famed landmarks. Visitors mount footbikes—a cross between a bicycle and a kick scooter—to take in views of the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, and gather at the Hudson River Bridge for bouts of exercise-band training. The guides also helm the Fitness Tour Challenge, a rigorous all-outdoor session of circuit training on the edge of Manhattan, in which participants travel from Pier 40 to the Canal Street Pier as they fire off pushups, lunges, and squats along the way. As they eradicate calories, participants can admire skyscrapers, surging waters, and the envious glances of tour-goers who just have to walk everywhere.
The guides at Vertically Inclined maintain an intimate knowledge of the steep slopes, craggy rocks, burbling steams, and scenic wooded overlooks at each of their chosen hiking locations. They tailor their day hikes, overnight treks, and fall-foliage winery expeditions to fit the ability levels of their fellow hikers. Depending on their chosen route, treks may wind along trails through the Bear Mountain region and the Hudson Highlands, or to rugged landscapes including Fort Montgomery. During their many journeys, they keep their cameras handy to snap photos and document their hikers' victories over the terrain and in arm-wrestling matches with bald eagles. Though adventures technically begin at the trailhead, guides know that getting there is half the battle and provide round-trip transportation from the Bronx.
Students should bring: Sneakers are needed for Zumba and Walking Workout.
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Parking: Metered lot and street parking
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
The best way to keep people motivated is for them to see the results of their hard work!
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
Mistakes in form lead to injury. It is very common for people to come to us with back, neck, and shoulder injuries resulting from diligent—but incorrect—home fitness routines. Even if you know the proper form, it isn't always easy to tell if you are implementing it correctly. For this reason, even the best instructors often have their own instructors to observe their form.
Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
We offer massage, as well as workshops related to health and wellness.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We pride ourselves on having a strong community atmosphere.
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