So you've made your New Year's resolution to get healthy and fit, but now starts the hard part of actually sticking to it and hitting your goals. The biggest hurdle is finding a workout routine that makes you want to keep coming back for me. The good news is that doesn't mean you have to just keep hopping on the treadmill day in and day out (though that's an option if you prefer!)
Bergen County is practically overflowing with gyms to keep you engaged, so it's all about finding the right one that works for you. While these gyms are for everyone, they have workouts that Bergen Dads will enjoy, too (yes, we're giving you some much-deserved attention in 2024!) Along with traditional workouts, head to one of these spots for some out-of-the-box ways to get fit, have fun, stay strong, and make exercise an everyday thing.
Drop Fitness This newer space in Montvale gives you an easy and flexible way to get in a workout. The state of the art facility is like getting access to four studios for the price of one, with yoga, HIIT, barre, and running classes all at your disposal. Plus, you can get access to its expansive open space that houses weight machines and free weights available anytime. It's easy to find a class that works with your schedule, and everything can be set up through Drop Fitness' app.
2 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale
Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA If time seems to stand still when you're exercising, it's a good idea to explore other ways to stay active without standard cardio and strength training. Training Grounds offers Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai Kickboxing classes to get you in literal fighting shape, plus belts to work for so there's always another goal for you to try to reach. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive, and it'll give you the physical and mental stamina for a healthy mind and body.
24 Booker St., Westwood
D1 Training This top tier training gym has options for the entire family, so Mom, Dad, and the Kids can go together and motivate each other, or adults can train on their own. The Family Fitness program features age-specific workouts so you can bond and encourage each other, or head there on your own for group workouts led by expert coaches. Classes are catered to everyone from beginners to professional athletes, including Bootcamp with aerobic circuits, Strength with high-intensity resistance training, or if you've hopped on the Pickleball train, there are courts you can reserve to hone your paddle skills.
107 Pleasant Ave., Upper Saddle River
Elevate Stair Climb Sure, you can use the stair machine at any gym, but you may not be getting to most out of every step. At elevate, small, individualized group classes (think: five to 10 people) help you maximize your climbing experience. The 30-minute classes offer a full-body workout on its top-of-the-line equipment and is designed for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced steppers. The Climb Pro class includes a guided workout on the machine, while its Climb X class is a combined climb bootcamp that's part stairclimber machine, part dumbbell workout.
76 Schraalenburgh Rd., Harrington Park
Row House The benefits of rowing are numerous: It's a workout that targets arms, core, back, and legs; it builds muscle and endurance; it improves your posture; it offers high-energy, low-impact fitness; and the list goes on. Similar to Elevate, Row House guides you through your workout on the rower and during floor exercise, and it lets you track your individual stats through the app. Classes that are offered include its Signature rowing class with combines rowing and floor, the Strength class which incorporates weights, the Full Row which primarily focuses on the rower, Foundation which helps you develop your rowing technique, and more.
275 Pascack Rd., Township of Washington
Rumble Boxing Gym Get ready to rumble at this boxing gym that beginners and advanced boxers can benefit from. The 45-minute workout incorporates 10 rounds of skills and drills boxing combined with resistance training with weights for a head-to-toe workout. If you're a first-timer, you'll get prepped before class by learning the six punches used during class. You can also try the 30-minutes boxing- or strength-only classes if you're in a time crunch, or get even more during the 60-minute, 12-round class.
Locations in Montvale, Englewood, and Edgewater