SEA BRIGHT: HEY, IT’S NOW OAR NEVER

1006 ocean 040515Ilene Winters, below, plans to open her new fitness studio in a former auto repair shop next door to a Dunkin’ Donuts this month. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

ilene winters 040715 2Ilene Winters spent about 20 years on Wall Street, and another decade involved in nonprofit work helping cancer patients and victims of Hurricane Sandy. Now, she says, it’s time to put another passion into play: physical fitness.

This month, Winters expects to open OAR Fitness & Endurance, a training studio, in a former auto repair shop in Sea Bright.

But her leap of faith requires her to tune out some potential downsides. Among them: the Shrewsbury River, just inches away from the building, and what it can do when the weather turns ugly.

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COMMUNITY Y SOARS INTO FALL CLASSES

Superheros in ActionAvengers Assemble: the costumes aren’t necessary, but “Super Heroes” ages 3 to 6 are invited to learn teamwork and more, in a fun-packed class presented by the Community YMCA. (Halloween file photos by John T. Ward and Peter Lindner)

[CORRECTION: The original version of this post incorrectly attributed these programs to Red Bank’s Parks & Recs Department. Obviously, they’re Community YMCA events. We apologize for the error.]

Having fun, while learning hands-on skills, valuable lessons and fitness fundamentals is the order of the day, as Red Bank’s Community YMCA inaugurates a new slate of fall classes for kids between the ages of 3 and 13.

It’s a schedule that kicks off right now with an all new activity aimed at young Super Heroes in Action ages 3 to 6. While it’s not necessary to dress in capes, cowls and costumes, budding heroes can take the opportunity to “soar, jump and run in this fun, action-packed class based on character development, team work and more.” Classes are held twice weekly; Tuesdays at 9:30 am and Thursdays at 3:30 pm.

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SWEATING AND STRETCHING ON A CRAWL

Participants bent to 105-degree heat at Synergy Hot Yoga, one of five stops on Sunday’s fitness crawl. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

The Green’s first recorded “fitness crawl” was deemed a sweaty success Sunday as local residentss eager to try new forms of exercise packed five stops throughout a moveable workout cycle.

“How awesome is this?” asked Jen Portman, who has run Synergy Hot Yoga in Fair Haven for the past five years. “There’s a hotbed of different things around here that aren’t well-known. It’s the perfect way to discover what works for you,” she said.

Some newcomers were shocked to discover the sweltering temperature in her studio, but luckily no one fainted.

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PUB CRAWL? WHY NOT A FITNESS CRAWL?

Synergy Hot Yoga in Fair Haven, above, is among the stops on a “fitness crawl” organized by Jessica Dalmedo, below. (Photo above by Connor Soltas. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Ah yes, the pub crawl: a moveable feast of overindulgence, debauchery and morning-after regret. Jessica Dalmedo of Freshica’s Juice Bar in Fair Haven has turned the concept around, into something that is good for the body and soul.

Her fitness crawl, slated for this Sunday, enables participants to check out specialized gyms and workout facilities without entering into a contract or shelling out big bucks for a membership – and to try them all a single sweep.

Okay, so there may be some morning-after regrets.

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PUMP IT UP FOR A GOOD CAUSE

f2f_charityIn the redbankgreen inbox this week: a fat-burning, muscle-toning, butt-whipping way to help out a charitable effort.

Tomorrow and Sunday, personal trainers from Fat2Fire Bootcamp are donating their time and use of their facility in Tinton Falls for a daylong series of workouts.

All the proceeds of the event, which costs a minimum (tax deductible) donation of $20 to attend, are slated for the American Cancer Society.

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