CrossFit Meadowlands? head coach, Anthony Rumo, owns black belts in both karate and judo, but, though he has trained in martial arts since age 9, he?s never found any training regimen as demanding and effective as CrossFit. After discovering the system?s benefits while training at an MMA gym in California, he traveled the country learning as much as he could, eventually earning more than five certifications that include CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Strongman, and CPR. Together with coach Frankie Corvelli, named New Jersey's strongest man under 175 pounds, he now leads groups of fitness disciples as they embark upon journeys into the community of CrossFit.
The pair?s 7,000-square-foot facility harbors equipment including 40 yards of AstroTurf, 20-foot ceilings with five climbing ropes, 3,000 pounds of bumper plates, gymnastics rings, and strongman equipment such as sleds, Atlas stones, and tires up to 500 pounds. Students interact with this equipment as they charge through WOD?workouts of the day?which vary constantly but can include weight lifting, cardio training, and body-weight exercises such as pushups, air squats, and dips on suspended rings. Unlike the sack race portion of a job interview, Anthony and Frankie scale their classes for athletes of all ages and fitness levels, resulting in workouts that are universally challenging.
At Sidekick Martial Arts, all tae kwon do, jujitsu, kettlebell, and cardio-yoga classes are infused with lessons about discipline, self-control, and perseverance. By stressing the importance of these values, an expert staff of martial artists and fitness experts aims to build up students’ self-confidence and turn them into champions. In addition to martial-arts classes for kids and adults, the center offers fitness classes designed to be fast-paced, fun, and aerobically effective.
When Regina Janesko had to take a physical fitness test in order to keep a new job, the avid gym rat and weightlifter wasn't worried about passing. Yet somehow she failed the first two times she took it, leaving her with only one opportunity left. When her test administrators suggested she try CrossFit, Regina went to Bergen County CrossFit, where co-owner Daniel Ramsay created fitness routines tailored to the requirements of her exam. Needless to say, she nailed it on the third try. Today, she's still an active member at Bergen County Crossfit.
It's a common occurrence here: people wander in, some with a specific goal others without, and eventually become part of a community that seeks to support and encourage each other. The daily classes can be modified based on age and fitness level, and incorporate techniques such as kettle bells and core strengthening. Co-owner Lily is also known to dish out nutritional advice, helping members supplement their workouts with healthful meal suggestions and tips on where to find low-cal snacks.
Boring workouts have no place at CrossFit South Hackensack. Instead, instructors lead conditioning and strength-building classes that routinely change to incorporate new combinations of Olympic lifting techniques, gymnastics, and functional exercises. Students have complete control over each exercise though, and can run, squat, jump, push, and pull with an intensity that safely pushes the limits of their current fitness level. Instructors trust attendees to challenge themselves, but will provide inspiring motivation along the way while fostering a supportive community environment where students are encouraged to help each other by offering words of encouragement or telekinetic weight-lifting assistance.
The staff at Quest Fitness pride themselves on providing personal attention on each client's fitness needs in a spacious facility that never feels overcrowded. With a spread of free weights, up-to-date cardio and strength-training machines, and group fitness classes, Quest Fitness presents a variety of ways for clients to burn fat and build muscle. Pilates Reformer classes help sculpt long and lean muscles, and energetic Zumba and spinning classes provide upbeat encouragement to push clients towards their fitness goals. Certified personal trainers also work with clients to help develop better workout habits and discover which pattern warmup pants best express their personality.
At Athletic Overdrive, it's not uncommon to see people carrying a beer keg at a full-on sprint. But they're not rushing to a raging party; rather, these elite athletes are training as part of CrossFit classes and strongman games. In addition to CrossFit classes, the team of elite trainers also leads sport-specific training based on their experience as athletes in sports such as football, track, soccer, and volleyball. They specialize in a variety of cardio, strength-training, and TRX suspension programs, as well as personal training with programs tailored to each client's individual needs.