MONTVALE, N.J. – Uni Song drives from Englewood to Montvale to work out at Life Time Athletic, a 105,000-square-foot fitness center.
“I used to be a fitness trainer before I became an acupuncturist,” Song said. “So I’m passionate about going to a facility that’s beautiful, clean, and full of friendly professional staff.”
She loves the equipment, the classes, the energy.
“It’s all very motivating,” Song said.
Life Time, which has locations nationwide, opened in Montvale in November 2013. It’s a place where 90 people may show up for yoga classes on Sunday.
Members choose from multiple levels of specialized workout areas, including vast spaces devoted to weights, cardio, basketball, Pilates, swimming, yoga, and much more.
Song loves the bigness. As a person who’s worked out all her life, she never gets bored there as she does in a small gym. It’s perfect, too, she said, for people who are self-conscious about working out.
“You don’t feel like people are watching you,” she said.
Though it is large, Life Time is divided into a variety of smaller communities. Some people gravitate to ALPHA, a CrossFit-type program and others to yoga, Pilates, the Run Club, or specialized training suitable for those who want to participate in high-performance events such as Tough Mudders.
“Our cycling club is one in a million,” said General Manager George DeLancey. “The transformations that have come out of that space are amazing. People who struggled with weight and cigarette smoking are now competing in triathlons.”
Many members are there for a popular reason — to lose weight.
Life Time specializes in metabolic assessments that determine at what precise heartbeats per minute an individual needs to work out to burn maximum fat.
“The assessment is done through gas exchange,” said Sonia Haubner, fitness professional. “You wear a mask.”
Some people just work out hard and burn lots of calories, DeLancey said. That’s not the same as burning fat.
Life Time also offers a Life Spa, a Life Café open seven days a week, and a Kids Academy where children can enjoy their own fitness activities while their parents work out.