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MAXFIT (Cresskill): MAXFIT is an owner-operated spinning studio that's changing the way bergen county residents are thinking about spin. "Obviously every spin class is about good music, exercise, and burning calories, but ours are more of a spiritual, full mind and body integration class," says Chris Miller, co-owner of the studio with his wife Amy. "We focus on your strengths and weaknesses and making sure that everybody is contributing to the energy in the room." The Miller's opened their current location in Cresskill two months ago, but have been operating studios for years. The studio will be holding its grand opening in January, so look for upcoming special promotions. To register for classes, sign up online at maxfit.com.
New York Sports Club (Ridgewood): Ridgewood's New York Sports Club is one of the larger chain gyms in Bergen County, but that doesn't mean its members get any less attention. "The level of access that NYSC gives its members, as far as the different options: the cardio classes, the personal training, the sauna and steam room, there's just a higher level of access than the smaller gyms," manager John Hohman says. With zumba, yoga and daily spin classes, this gym offers over 30 classes a week. And, with five locations in Bergen County alone, certain memberships allow members access to any NYSC, not only one location. Check out their $30 for 30 days promotion on their website at mysportsclubs.com.
Parisi (Midland Park): Parisi Fitness Center's staff in Midland Park is what makes it so unique, says facility manager Jeanine Seelman, who has been with Parisi for seven years. "Many of our trainers have been here since we opened 14 years ago, and that's very unusual. The environment in our facility and at our juice bar really makes it a community gym where everyone knows each other," she says. All of Parisi's trainers are certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine - the highest certification a trainer can receive. "The classes and personal training that we offer, and the community that we have here really set us apart," Seelman says. Parisi is running promotions that extend into January, such as 12 days of free fitness and two free nutrition sessions. Check out their website for promotions and membership information at parisiusa.com.
Gold's Gym (Paramus): Though there are over 750 locations worldwide, Paramus Gold's Gym still maintains that small town feeling. "The most important thing to us is the family and community feeling in the gym. We've been here for 20 years and we have all ages in the gym. From our kids fitness programs, all the way up to our Silver Sneakers program for robust seniors," co-owner Mike Epstein says. The gym, which is entering its 20th year, offers a variety of special services, including a cardio cinema, nutrition counseling, kids fitness programs, tanning and saunas, kick boxing and a cafe. Gold's even offers a Gold Gym travel program that grants access to locations all over the world. The Paramus location is running a one month trial in January and other promotions on their website at goldsgym.com.
Westwood Health and Fitness: After over 30 years of serving local residents, Westwood Health and Fitness has upgraded its facility. The 28,000 square foot space includes multiple racquetball courts, cardio centers, a chiropractic center, physical therapy, yoga, spin and more. Ranae Bart, who has been managing the gym for 18 years, says that it's like "home away from home." "We're family owned and operated and we're all inclusive, so we don't charge extra for group classes or babysitting," she says, "and we really stress customer service and being able to help our members." Westwood Health and Fitness is currently offering a free 1 week trial membership and more promotions will be posted in January at gowestwood.com.
Retro Fitness (Hackensack): Retro Fitness in Hackensack stays true to its motto, "modern gym retro price," with it's $19.99 per month membership fee. Owner Jim Dellvalle, who also owns the Fair Lawn location, says, "we don't have classes, but we have a cardio theater, tons of cardio equipment, 17 inch flat screen personal viewing screens, a boxing area and tanning." The two-year-old Hackensack location is one of five Bergen County locations (one recently opened in Tenafly) - all of which are accessible under the same membership fee. They are currently running a promotion for zero enrollment fees and two months free if you sign up for a year, or three months free if you sign up on a Monday or Tuesday. Check their website, retrofitness.net, for more details.
Blink Fitness (Paramus): Blink Fitness is tucked away inside Bergen Town Center in Paramus, but that doesn't mean that the 17,000 square foot gym should be overlooked. "We want to provide the best of the basics, we want to make it easy for people," says Dos Condon, VP of Blink. The "sparkling clean" facility includes over 150 pieces of cardio and strength equipment, as well as designated stretching and training areas. One unique aspect of Blink is its pre-written workout menus, which tell members which exercises to do, how many repetitions and in what order. "We have a lot of first timers coming to our club and with these menus we can provide a sense of accomplishment, knowing that they did these 12 exercises and completed a full workout," Condon explains. Starting in January, Blink will be waiving their start-up fee, though since their memberships are only $15 or $20 a month, Blink already is highly affordable. Check out their website for more information at blinkfitness.com.
The GYM (Englewood): The GYM's pristine facility and knowledgeable staff are what makes it one of Bergen County's most popular gyms. David Zicchinella, general manager of the Englewood location, says, "the skill set level of the trainers and massage therapists are what makes us different, we don't just hire anybody." He also notes the 24 hour housekeeping staff, the cleanliness of the club and the maintenance - everything gets fixed in a 24 hour period - as reasons why The GYM stands apart from the rest. The Englewood location offers over thirty different types of classes, including various yoga and pilates, spin, Zumba and a wide variety of cardio and strength classes. For the new year, they will be waving enrollment fees and discounting the membership fee. The GYM also has a location in Montvale. Check their website for more details at gettothegym.com.
Lisa Fox Exercise Studio:
Lisa Fox, owner of Lisa Fox Exercise Studio in Englewood, is classically trained in the Lotte Berk method of exercise, which combines strength-training, dance, therapeutic exercises, and yoga. However, Fox has taken those methods and has evolved the program to something all her own. "My method blends ballet bar with yoga stretches, pilates and focuses a lot on core strength. We design the muscles to create a dancers body," Fox says. The 12-year-old Englewood studio is the only location, as Lisa Fox Exercise Studio is not a franchise. Besides the group classes, which vary every time, personal training is also available. "People don't come to my class just to say that they've exercised, people come to take their fitness to the next level and get in the best shape of their lives," Fox says. New members can try a class for $35 and get the second class free, or they can sign up for $175 for a month of unlimited classes. Check out their website, lisafoxexercise.com for more information.
The Bar Method, Englewood:
The Bar Method studio in Englewood is a different kind of fitness studio, owner Shirley Morris says. "We work every muscle group pretty much to exhaustion, then we stretch them out when they're hot and pliable, which is what makes The Bar Method so effective and creates that long, lean dancers body," Morris says. The Bar Method was founded around 10 years ago in California by Burr Leonard, and only came to the east coast four years ago. The class instructors undergo extensive training, anatomy lessons so that they know which exercise benefits which muscle, and are required not to teach any other form of exercise besides dance. "The Bar Method draws on the best of other exercises, like yoga, pilates, dance conditioning and an isometric conditioning training," Morris says. The Bar Method runs a year round new client special, $175 for 30 days of unlimited classes. Go to their website, englewood.barmethod.com for more details.
Ethos Fitness Spa for Women, Midland Park:
Ethos Fitness Spa for Women in Midland Park calls itself the "premier women's health club and gym." General Manager Pamella Vanderslice says it really is just that. "It's women only and we really pride ourselves on providing a very unintimidating and clean environment for our members to relax and rejeuvinate; and with our fitness center and spa it's like two businesses in one," she says. Ethos, which has been in Midland Park since 2006, not only offers over 60 group fitness classes and a full service spa, but it has all the amenities of a standard gym - including strength training equipment, cardio equipment, personal training and a nursery. The fitness center is only open to members, but the spa is open to the public. The goal of Ethos, Vanderslice says, is that "we really try to service all females at all ages and levels." Check out their website, ethosfitness.com, for a seven day free trial. Or, mention this piece and receive zero enrollment fee, a $199 savings.
Coolhotyoga in Cresskill offers much more than just cool and hot yoga. The year and a half year old studio also offers Zumba, cardio barre, Pilates on the mat and reformer, and piloxing, which is a combination of pilates, boxing and dance. Owner Michelle Copland, who has been teaching pilates for over 12 years, says, "our clients come to Coolhotyoga and have a well rounded program. They do not have to go to several gyms or studios to get their cardio, Pilates core strengthening and yoga." With over 25 classes scheduled a week, members have multiple options to choose from, regardless of their ability level. "Coolhotyoga caters to people of every ability ... yet our classes are extremely challenging to those who are already in fantastic shape," Copland says. For the new year, they are offering 30 days of unlimited classes of any kind for $75. Go to their website for more details at coolhotyoga.com.
Jumping Frog Pilates, Tenafly:
For people who are avid exercisers, pilates may be just what their body is missing. Jessica Spillane, owner of Jumping Frog Pilates in Tenafly, says, "with so many other forms of exercise, if people don't do something therapeutic, like pilates, to balance it out, the exercise can result in a deterioration of the body and the aches and pains that make people feel old." Jumping Frog Pilates, which was originally in Englewood but moved to Tenafly three years ago to expand, is exclusively a pilates studio. They offer private, to semi-private, to group classes, and even offer a certification program where people can become pilates instructors. One thing that is special about their studio, Spillane says, is that they can adapt the classes based on the client's needs - whether they want more of a stretching experience or a class to get their heart pumping. "Pilates is very much like yoga but it's on equipment, so there's a strength building element to it. It's safe for all ages, all fitness levels and it allows people to do everything they love to do," Spillane says. Jumping Frog Pilates is offering a free session through the 28 of January for new members. Check out their website, jumpingfrogstudios.com, for more information.
Get In Shape For Women, Tenafly and Waldwick:
Get In Shape for Women uses a unique approach to small group personal training, and owner Ed Nelson says that's what makes the difference. "We have four women training in the studio with the personal trainer at any given time, and they're all rooting for each other to succeed," says Nelson, who owns the Waldwick and Tenafly locations. "The workouts consist of 30 minutes of weight training followed by 25 minutes of cardio interval training. What sets Get In Shape For Women apart is the women are held accountable," Nelson explains. "We give them nutrition support, they get weighed in regularly, and there's a culture of transformation - which means that we don't accept everybody into the program, if they don't have a measurable goal and they're not committed to achieving that goal then it just won't work." The Tenafly location, which has been open less than a month, will be having an Open House on January 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., where prospective new members can meet the trainers and see what Get In Shape for Women is really all about.