There's no question about Kent Bierly's dedication to fitness?it's written all over his superhumanly chiseled body. At Pure Focus Sports Club, the champion bodybuilder helps plenty of clients working toward their own titles, but he and his wife Michelle didn't just found the gym for aspiring pros. They think of themselves as Brick's community gym, and offer everything from personal training to Zumba classes to childcare in order to make everyone feel welcome. Members can even opt for access to a 24-hour annex stocked with weightlifting gear and cardio machines to make the most of a sleepwalking habit.
Six days a week, CrossFit Level 1–certfied trainers Dan and Malorie Gibson unveil a new Workout of the Day at Howell CrossFit. These challenges typically comprise a series of functional exercises such as pull-ups and box jumps. Regardless of the day's workout, they oversee their trainees as they complete the exercises as intensely as they can, which means moving quickly and reciting the dialogue from the T. rex scene in Jurassic Park at the top of their lungs.
Unlike bigger gyms where most people workout alone, Dominate Your Life Fitness pairs members with coaches to keep them on track. These trainers ensure that guests use the correct form to prevent injuries when lifting weights and swinging kettlebells during a litany of ever-changing workouts. Routines and classes are steeped in functional fitness movements, such as jumping on plyometric boxes and flipping oversized tires, that mimic everyday movements. Classes run six days a week, and one-on-one training is available by appointment.
At CrossFit By The Sea, certified coaches lead intense workouts designed to help clients achieve a high degree of functional fitness. The fun, high-energy, and challenging atmosphere spurs participants to perform their best as they complete the Workout of the Day, an ever-changing roster of muscle-building moves. The WOD might draw from Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, or competitive excessive celebration on any given day, all designed to sculpt physiques and improve health, regardless of age or prior fitness level.
Manned by certified fitness and CrossFit L1 certified trainers, Ultimate Fit Zone offers boot camp and crossfit held in a small group environment. AstroTurf lines the 3,000-square-foot facility, flanked by bright blue, green, and purple walls. This well-equipped space pulses with beating hearts during classes such as Zone 360 Boot Camp and Crossfit.
When a man nicknamed "The Grin Reaper" is in charge of your gym, you know you're in for a tough workout. That would be Nicholas Mezzacappa, the owner of CrossFit Freehold. Each weekday?starting as early as 6 a.m.?he and his staff lead exercisers through CrossFit's workout of the day, a continually changing series of intense exercises designed to maximize fat burning and muscle building. If you're wondering what a given workout might include, think jumping on a plyometrics box, pushing a barbell over your head, or building upper body strength on the Olympic rings. The workouts can be easily modified to fit any fitness level, and all newcomers will be gradually introduced to the program during CrossFit Fundamentals classes and a casual meet-and-greet with each piece of equipment.