Though many a dance-fitness fad has come and gone in recent years, Jazzercise's popularity has never wavered. As the first contender in a now-booming industry, the revolutionary fitness regimen was founded in 1969 by dancer Judi Sheppard Missett. She repurposed her love of jazz dance into a global phenomenon, and today the Jazzercise program spans 32 countries and roughly 32,000 weekly classes.The Jazzercise method engages and exercises the entire body during high-energy workouts. Certified instructors ensure that no student, whether just beginning or advanced, gets left behind with aid from step-by-step instruction and an online roster of moves. They blend dance aerobics with resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing to tone and limber up entire muscle groups. Each class kicks off with a warm-up to get everyone’s blood flowing and shake the cobwebs latticed between the fingers of their jazz hands. Instructors then lead students through 30 minutes of cardio, strength training with weights, and a stretch-filled cooldown, all set to infectiously popular tunes. Jazzercise instructors are so committed to their students' health and confidence that they've archived nutrition, fitness, health, and beauty articles online to help keep Jazzercisers motivated and positive.
Founded almost 120 years ago with the mission of "connecting people with nature and stewarding the nature of today for the people of tomorrow", New Jersey Audubon is one of the oldest independent Audubon societies in the country. With the goal of increasing environmental awareness and conservation ethics, the society maintains 34 sanctuaries and 7 staffed facilities, including the Plainsboro Preserve and the Cape May Bird Observatory. Organized field trips and educational programs for all ages provide up-close glimpses of birds and other animals, as well as tidbits of knowledge sprinkled throughout the day. Through these efforts, the people of New Jersey are able to meet some of their upwardly mobile neighbors, including bald eagles, ruby-throated hummingbirds, red-bellied woodpeckers, and black skimmers.
The Garden State Comic Fest celebrates both heroes and villains, bringing some of the biggest names in the comics industry face-to-face with the fans. Past guests have included such luminaries as G.I. Joe writer Larry Hama, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, Greg Hildebrandt, Louise and Walt Simonson, and Jim Steranko to name a few, along with cosplay sensations Yuffie Bunny and Thomas DePetrillo. In between star sightings and informative panels, you'll navigate the show floor's myriad vendors selling collectibles, toys, and signed full-color artwork.
But the fest is more than merely a platform for professionals to show off their work. Each year, fans showcase their creativity
through elaborate cosplay getups to take home prizes.
Within the 5,000-square-foot Ballplayer’s Edge facility, baseball and softball players train to swing the bat faster, throw the ball harder, and play the game better. The facility’s crack team of coaches—led by Joel Burgos, hitting coach for Rutgers University-Newark—improve strength, agility, and instincts with training tools that include four adult-size batting cages and the ProBatter PX2 hitting simulator. The simulator immerses players in game-like situations, complete with virtual pitchers delivering strikes from either the windup or the stretch. Meanwhile, RightView Pro video analysis captures each home-run cut, shown bunt, and taunt lobbed at the computerized player, allowing for side-by-side comparison with major-league swings.
Centercourt Athletic Club of Morristown has been named a USTA Regional Training Center and it's easy to see why. Rather than shooing pigeons off public park courts, players at Centercourt can swing their racquets on 8 climate-controlled indoor Rebound Ace courts, 12 outdoor Har-Tru courts and 4 year-round platform tennis courts. And when winter comes, the Har-Tru courts are covered by a climate-controlled dome, so players have access to 20 indoor courts as the snow falls. After matches, players can retire to the field house and clubhouse to relax in overstuffed leather chairs, grab some food at the café, and shoot a game of pool.
For a mouthwatering meal you're sure to love, Blue Morel Restaurant and Wine Bar in Morristown is the place to be.
Blue Morel Restaurant and Wine Bar offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
During the restaurant's weekend rush, waiting in line is the name of the game (so avoid Friday and Saturday nights if you're looking for something quick).
At Blue Morel Restaurant and Wine Bar, you won't have to worry about circling the block multiple times to find parking.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.