With upwards of 30 classes per week, Jazzercise Wayne/Pompton Lakes Fitness Center helps patrons dance their way to slimmer physiques. Instructors teach classic jazzercise routines?a blend of dance steps and muscle-toning moves?to a soundtrack of top-40, country, funk, classic, and jazz tunes. They also lead more specialized classes, including strength, strike, core, fusion, and Jazzercise Lite and Lo, which avoids jumps and other moves that may stress sensitive joints.
Ethel first started her body-sculpting business, B Fit Studio, by trundling equipment from home to home. Within a few years, she parlayed that initial success into a stroller-fitness program and group classes in her Pequannock studio while still sticking to the in-home sessions that helped her build her brand. In her inclusive studio, kids, tweens, and grownups jump into lifestyle-changing, calorie-blasting workouts that range from Barre core and mixed-level yoga to Fusion Method and Zumba. Repeat students never experience the same workout, as staff customize each class so that it differs from the last. Alternatively, clients can work one-on-one with personal trainers, or bring a fitness friend for extra motivation during the B Fit Buddy sessions. Buggy boot camp training helps moms get in shape, using the stroller as resistance while their infants encourage them with choreographed cheerleading routines.
BFF Fitness Boot Camp blends the high-energy atmosphere of a gym with the support system and nutrition advice of a weight-loss center. The certified personal trainers motivate fitness-seekers of all levels with positive reinforcement. They stage monthly weight-loss contests to celebrate achievement and fuel a healthy competitive spirit in their students, and write up detailed fitness reports every six weeks that outline workout results, areas of improvement, and frozen-meat-slab-punching speeds. Even their indoor air-conditioned gymnastics-style facility is supportive, outfitted with cushioned floors to reduce the joint stress of already low-impact boot-camp workouts. To further help their clients reach their fitness goals, they offer group personal training and nutrition counseling.
Before opening Mindful Body, Maria Ortega-Murphy spent more than 20 years as a technical trainer in the software industry. Immersed in this intense, often stressful environment, she carved out a fortress of solitude in her decades-long love of yoga and began intensifying her studies of mind and body health. Convinced that she could help people improve their holistic health, she trained for her yoga teaching certification from the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy, an internationally recognized organization.
Along with a team of yogis, each of whom holds a 200-hour certification, Maria guides group and private yoga classes through calming asanas inside a soothing, welcoming studio space. Building on traditional yoga, the trifecta of instructors helps students sweat out stress and toxins in hot yoga, rehab injured frames in restorative yoga, or build agility and strength in more strenuous Hatha, Pilates, and yoga sculpt sessions. Most of the classes, including guided meditation, aim to balance the mind and body as well as increase body awareness, which can improve posture, control over physical stress, and the ability to tell which mouth to feed during hectic dinner parties.
The trainers at Temple Qinesis take a holistic approach to fitness. That means they exercise not only the body but also the heart and mind. Their integrative method includes personal training, group classes such as CrossFit, and private yoga paired with nutritional counseling. With the ultimate aim being personal and community growth, exercisers can also take a break from the physical to play a game of chess against a new friend or someone who's been hogging the machine you want.
As the mother of three children, Tara started taking Zumba classes as a way to get back in shape. Not only did she quickly see results, she also had fun moving her body to the Latin-inspired beats. Now a certified Zumba instructor, Tara introduces others to this upbeat fitness craze during one-hour classes.