At Gold Medal Fitness, positive energy does as much work as anyone's muscles to propel group classes. These courses cover the grounded poses of Power Yoga, the barbell lifts of BodyPump, and the festive spins of Zumba with more than 50 sessions per week. Cyclists can even choose between 45-minute spin classes and the more vigorous rides of super spin, which increase the challenge by adding an extra 15 minutes and asking your parents to stop putting a stabilizing hand on your back. Regardless of the discipline, however, instructors motivate their students by carefully balancing the room's camaraderie with a honed focus on every individual.
This personal approach typifies the gym as a whole, where the staff strive to memorize each member's name as they arrange workouts for all fitness levels. A nationally accredited team of personal trainers draws on specialties from boxing to Pilates to back rehabilitation, pushing their clients toward coveted milestones. On the gym floor, an assortment of machinery and free weights, as well as a designated stretching area, bespeaks the same regard for diverse goals—visitors can complete a round of resistance work on the FreeMotion circuit equipment, toss a medicine ball to a partner, or step onto a StairMaster. Other amenities include a childcare station, athletic speed school, HydroMassage, and a juice bar.
Whether coaching students as individuals or in a group setting, the certified instructors at the Westfield School of Dance draw from years of teaching and performance experience in their chosen styles. All are specialized in one to three disciplines of dance, and pass on their knowledge through a progressive syllabus in a range of classes. They organize students by skill level, coaching them in tap, jazz, modern dance, Russian ballet, and musical-theatre performance. For more experienced dancers and aspiring professionals, they also conduct work-study programs and student-teacher training. These experiences allow students to work alongside their teachers as well as guest artists to learn new choreography, develop teaching techniques, and uncover the mystery of what really happened that fateful night at Swan Lake.
Throughout the year, students are given the chance to showcase what they've learned in two venues. In the more minimalistic setting of the Black Box, beginner-level students perform original choreographed dance concerts. The annual spring Main Stage show folds novice through advanced dancers into a full-scale production, complete with live musicians, costumes, scenery, and props.
Equipment: Kettlebells, dumbbells, bands, battling ropes, medicine balls
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel, comfortable workout cloths
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Just show up ready to train. It's our job to get you in the best shape of your life.
The team of certified yoga instructors at Aquarian Yoga Center don't just teach their students; they also establish a community. Yogis immerse visitors of all ages and ability levels in the lifestyle, chiefly by following the tenets of yoga lifestyle. In many of the 25 classes each week, they guide students through breathing exercises and the yoga poses, pairing these exercises with meditation, and/or the beat of a gong. Major yoga styles, such as hatha yoga, and vinyasa flow, and kundalini yoga round out the offerings. Meanwhile, a packed calendar of events such as concerts, kirtan, and dance classes allow guests to explore other cultural pursuits. An on-site retail shop helps students continue their practice with goods ranging from organic healthcare products and oils to yoga clothing and books.
You might be eager to improve your backhand, or you might have only a vague idea of what a backhand is. Regardless of your experience level, Tennis Limitless is the place to go for helpful, hands-on tennis instruction. Certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association, the company's instructors seamlessly blend intensive workouts with tennis drills in group sessions that may focus on cardio or doubles strategy. Meanwhile, stroke-production drill sessions introduce the sport's fundamentals, such as how to cream the ball or wink discreetly at the line judge. The parks of South Orange and Essex County host Limitless Tennis every spring, summer, and fall; in winter, the company holds sessions indoors.
If Kidville were a real city, it would be pretty fun place to live?it's outfitted with a rock-climbing wall, a theater, a hardwood-floored dance studio, and a tumbling gym. Notably, each fixture is slightly shrunken to suit the city's denizens: kids ages six and younger. Tots roam freely through the play complex during open play time, and learn in a more structured way during enrichment classes on topics from art to athletics. Meanwhile, the center hosts birthday parties with themes from dinosaurs to treasure hunting, a more fun party activity than waiting for treasure to hunt you.