Stop by one of Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center’s two great locations in Plainsboro or Princeton any day of the week, and you’ll find a wide variety of people with different interests and levels of wellness and fitness. There are the lean and toned fitness devotees, former couch potatoes starting their journeys to better health, people with health challenges under doctors’ care, those seeking to combine body, mind, and spirit, and the girls (and boys) who just “wanna have fun” with their exercise routines.

But all these groups have at least one thing in common; they want to live happier, more fulfilling lives, and they know that fitness and wellness are the keys to making it happen. The mission of the Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center has always been to improve the health and well-being of the greater central Jersey community. The centers provide the highest quality medically integrated, motivational, and cost-effective services.

Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center seeks to be the primary resource for meeting the health, fitness, nutrition, post-rehabilitative, and sports conditioning needs in the area. As co-founder Leslie Adelman Banks said: “We want to give people a better quality of life and relief from whatever discomfort they might experience.”

The Center is guided by a medical advisory board comprising 32 physicians who oversee the programming for the members, provide educational programs and lectures for the community, and participate in screenings and health fairs for the community.

Why is this medically based facility different from your average commercial fitness facility? The focus is on helping all members achieve results. Your first visit to the Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center starts with a consultation with a nurse. After performing a comprehensive health assessment and screening, including a check of your blood pressure, heart rate, body composition, and body measurements, you will then receive a computer-generated personal profile that will serve as your baseline moving forward. Thereafter, you receive quarterly nurse re-assessments to evaluate your progress and keep you motivated.

After your first health assessment, you are then entitled to a comprehensive fitness assessment, where a certified personal trainer will consider your personal goals and have you perform a comprehensive fitness screening. Based on the results of the screening, your trainer will design an individualized program to help you meet your goals. Your trainer will spend two hours with you to insure you are on the path to success. After your initial programming, the membership includes regular re-assessments with a trainer every four to six weeks.

The Centers each offer 170 classes on a weekly basis. You can enjoy the most popular classes in the industry, including a full line of Les Mills offerings, Pilates for strengthening your core muscles and improving posture, and several cardio/dance classes including Zumba, Line Dancing, and Hip Hop. Boot Camp is a favorite with a fusion of cardio, core strength, speed, agility, and muscle endurance. “People really like the high-energy classes,” Adelman Banks says.

For those seeking current trends or novelty classes, the centers offer Bollywood, dancing to the music of popular Indian filmmakers; Bokwa, drawing letters and numbers on the floor with your feet while moving to music; Piloxing, a fusion of Pilates and boxing, and Drums Alive, using drum sticks and a stability ball for a cardio workout and improved eye-hand coordination. To round out the class offerings, there is a large variety of cycle classes and body-mind classes.

Unique to a medically based facility, these Centers offers many programs for people with special needs, including a cancer wellness program, a pulmonary wellness program, bariatric wellness program, cardiac wellness program, “Dance with Parkinson’s” class, balance and movement classes, and exercise programs for those with arthritis.

Membership is on a monthly basis and includes an expansive fitness floor with state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment with personal viewing screens; a large free weight area; and an aquatics center featuring a junior Olympic pool, a spa pool, and a therapy pool. The Centers also include full amenity locker rooms with sauna, steam rooms and towel service; complimentary child care, and healthy cafes.

“We cater to everyone from fitness devotees to people with special needs,” says Gary Reidy, co-founder. “You just need to follow our script to get outstanding results, we will provide you with all of the support to insure your success.”

Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center, 7 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro. 609-799-7777. 1225 State Road (Route 206), Princeton. 609-683-7888. Monday to Friday 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. www.princetonfitnessandwellness.com. See ad, page 37.

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