Founded by a massage therapist, Elements Massage improves a client's overall health and well being using the restorative and healing power of massage. Clients personal needs help pair them with expert therapists trained in The Elements Way, which stresses the healing power of massage, active listening and responsiveness, and holistic, personalized massage experiences. They then use four levels of pressure and a blend of up to six modalities, such as deep-tissue, Swedish massage, and finger ballet, to create a customized massage. Their soothing kneads combat pain, loosen tight limbs, and disperse oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
UFC Gym is not a standard fitness center playing dress-up as a boxing studio—its pugilists hit away at 150-pound punching bags while wearing 16-ounce gloves and bobbing and weaving on high-impact floors, and don't have to share space with dance-aerobics classes—but neither is it the dank boxing gym of yesteryear. Alongside the high-quality boxing equipment in the brightly lit gym are free weights and cardio and strength machines to mold a well-rounded fighter. In addition to boxing, trainers, most of whom have amateur or professional fighting experience, teach muay thai kickboxing, mixed martial arts, kids' self-defense classes, and personal training.
Fifty years ago, Pearle Vision was a tiny eyecare practice in Savannah, Georgia, run by Dr. Stanley Pearle. Since then, it's expanded to myriad practices across the country—including this one in Toms River. Helmed by Drs. Randy Nissinoff and Michael Iuliano, the practice outfits eyes with face-flattering designer frames and sunglasses, all with prescription lenses. Each pair comes with 30 days of no-questions returns and a lifetime of free fit adjustments. For extra convenience, the practice also stays open until 8 p.m. on weekdays, so visitors can pop in after work.
For more than 40 years, Herten Family Martial Arts has taught traditional Shorin-ryu karate to its Totowa- and Woodland Park-area students. Believing that discipline, respect, and mental control are just as important as physical fitness, the studio teaches kids as young as 5 as well as adults to protect themselves and master their own minds, bodies, and unsettling daydreams. In addition to karate, experienced instructors offer classes in bully self-defense, street self-defense, and cardio kickboxing, along with Japanese sword arts.
Devoted exclusively to indoor cycling, High Velocity Indoor Cycling Studio houses 12 Spinner NXT stationary bikes, allowing for small and intensely focused training sessions. The interval-based workouts are led by a team of trainers who make custom playlists to match the tempo and intensity of each session and blast them over the studio’s immersive sound system, motivating their students through each 45- to 60-minute session.
At CKO Kickboxing, combatants wage one-hour battles against an army of heavy bags. The weighted punching bags dangle in two long rows as participants unleash flurries of kicks, punches, knees, and elbows upon them until they agree to personally train them. CKO's instructors emphasize the fitness aspects of kickboxing over a traditional martial-arts education, peppering sessions of punches and kicks with plyometrics and cross training to sculpt and strengthen the entire body. Students of all skill levels are welcome in each class, and beginners are encouraged to progress at their own pace.