In addition to motivation, equipment, and space, CrossFit Cobalt's co-owners bring a heaping helping of expertise to the table. Beth Hein lends her insights as a doctor of physical therapy, certified strength-and-conditioning specialist, and reiki master. David Montalbano draws on his degree in kinesiology and exercise science, as well as training in lifting. Together, they create changing regimens that get clients strong while keeping them healthy.
The slogan “Non-Stop Body Rocking” is emblazoned high above the heads of the hard-working boot-campers at Silly Rock Boot Camp as they sweat their way through high-intensity sessions. Priscilla Compono is the company’s passionate and experienced personal trainer, and she leads students of all fitness levels through challenging sets of push-ups, burpees, and suspension workouts during her one-hour boot-camp classes. She can customize her workouts to accommodate the skill level and fitness goals of the students in her classes. To do this, Priscilla draws on an artillery of weightlifting routines and exercises that rely on short bursts of intense cardio, including running obstacle courses or running from the company’s patented motivation-inspiring tigers.
With more than 40 years’ teaching experience, VMA Kempo Jiu Jitsu’s certified instructors impart self-defense skills, confidence, and discipline in a range of martial-arts and fitness classes. In coed, women’s-only, and children's classes, students kick, strike, and grapple as they hone techniques drawn from kenpo, brazilian jujitsu, mixed martial arts, and Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. In women’s-only cardio-kickboxing classes, students boost endurance, flexibility, and strength as pounds melt away.
Jennifer Friaglia would be fit enough if her days just consisted of wrangling her kids. But the mother of three wouldn’t be satisfied with that fitness regime, since she’s spent more than a decade as a personal trainer, physical education teacher, and group exercise instructor. At Movez, LLC, she flexes her muscles as a licensed Zumba teacher at fast-paced Zumbatomic classes, sometimes even attracting Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice.
At Mantra Personal Fitness, clients sweat through energetic Zumba sessions set to upbeat tunes. Instructors also lead groups through a series of flowing poses in serene yoga classes and teach clients to shake their hips with gusto in belly-dancing lessons.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.