Twenty-six poses, 1,500 square feet of space, and 105 degrees of heat: these numbers all added up to make Bikram Yoga Voorhees the Best Yoga Studio as chosen by South Jersey Magazine from 2011-2013. Inside this calming and serene studio, a team of experienced instructors guide yogis of all ages and skill levels through the 26 postures that make up Bikram yoga. With the heat turned up and humidity levels high, students sweat their way through 90-minute classes that are available every day of the week. As muscles twist and pores expel sweat, bodies flush out toxins, stress, and any bacteria that are bullying friendly blood cells.
Medford Fitness dedicates its 36,000 square feet to all things fitness. Two workout floors claim 10,000 square feet, filled with more than 50 cardio machines, 30 pieces of free-weight equipment, and two open studio spaces for functional training. The group exercise room spans 1,600 square feet of hardwood floors, where exercisers launch into sessions of Cardio Pump, Pilates, and kickboxing. Nearby, 20 bikes spin in place inside the indoor cycling room, four lanes stretch across a heated swimming pool, and service lines divvy up two racquetball courts, where patrons test their reflexes, courage, or hypotheses about being able to head-butt a racquetball.
With hundreds of locations throughout the world, Fitness Together contours the global musclescape one individual at a time with customized workouts. Beginning with a body consultation and assessment, clients are classified into different training zones leading to goal-specific programs that help them reach their true fitness potential. During the 45-minute sweat sessions, a trained muscle tutor supervises squats to ensure muscles are properly stretched and showered in both praise and post-perspiring soap. The one-on-one attention allows the trainer to fine-tune movements, tone trouble zones, and push students to keep going when they'd otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.
CrossFit workouts are not meant to be easy, though they are meant to be accessible to students of any fitness level. They incorporate functional movements alongside elements of track, gymnastics, and weightlifting, encouraging students to push themselves through sequences of pulling, squatting, jumping, throwing, carrying, sprinting, and levitating. Yet every drop of sweat falls in a safe and supportive group environment. Coaches Carlo Profico and Keakahiwalani Landschoot help each attendee scale the load as well as the intensity of the exercises, creating workouts that are challenging, yet doable. Increased strength and stamina is a given over time, but the coaches also hope to inspire their students mentally and emotionally by helping them overcome the workouts’ physical challenges and mid-rep pop quizzes.
As a board-certified surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive cosmetic surgery, Dr. Adam Goldstein, along with his fellow board-certified vascular surgeons, knew he wanted to use the latest in laser therapy techniques to contour bodies and eradicate varicose veins. Dr. Goldstein, the founder of ScuLpt Cosmetic Surgery, says he was drawn to SmartLipo because it allows doctors to not only contour bodies by liquefying and suctioning out fat but also to do it in a way that is less invasive than traditional liposuction, which can often result in extensive bleeding. This enables patients to have speedier recoveries and get back to normal activities, such as work or counting the seconds until the End Times, in a few days.The vascular surgeons on staff rid legs of ropey varicose vessels with ultrasound-monitored endovenous laser therapy (ELVT). This technique closes off painful blood conduits with laser energy, clearing up the dark veins on legs with very little downtime.
At Physical Excellence Fitness Center, personal-training sessions and boot-camp classes keep exercisers in shape. Trainers craft custom workout regimens for each individual. Boot-camp classes, on the other hand, stir group support into guided workouts.