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.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Co-ed gyms can be a daunting experience, especially if you feel the stare of judging eyes. But at FemmeFit, owner Jessica and her enthusiastic instructors cut out the intimidating distractions by empowering females through women-only fitness classes. Positive reinforcement and encouraging words echo throughout the studio as students of all levels slim waistlines during K.I.S.S., which stands for Kardio, Interval, Strength, and Sculpt, or during high-energy Zumba sessions, which combine fun dance routines with Latin-inspired music. A combination of interval training, boxing, and Pilates moves are the basis for each Piloxing session, while Ballet Boot Camp classes focus on trimming physiques and improving balance through controlled movements and pirouettes on tight ropes strung over shark tanks.
Though now spread over the United States, Crunch gym started in a basement-level aerobics studio in New York City. Despite the humble location, the gym's founders aspired to foster a workout environment that would keep members exercising through entertainment and not shouting from drill-sergeant-like trainers. Their idea was to host fitness classes with offbeat touches, including hip-hop aerobics featuring a live rapper and coed action wrestling.
Twenty years later, Crunch gyms' fitness classes still stray from the beaten path. Body Web with TRX sessions suspend members from a pillar, where they complete gravity-defying maneuvers with help from strong resistance ropes. In Bosu Bootcamp, every exercise is completed on an apparatus that is part balance ball, part core board, and fully endorsed by circus seals nationwide.
Originally founded by a group that includes retired pro boxer Danny Campbell, TITLE Boxing Club offers total-body workouts that blend boxing, kickboxing, and fitness. After donning tape and gloves, students can greet a 100-pound heavy bag with a barrage of kicks, jabs, crosses, hooks, and unkind words. Each of the club's trainers focuses on a different area, such as technicality, core and balance, or moderate- to high-intensity training. Other equipment around the facility includes a boxing ring, speed bags, and double-end bags, as well as free weights and cardiovascular machines.