Feeling inspired by the success of the American athletes who helped lead the United States to a record number of medals for a Summer Olympic Games? Hoping to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, or simply to put down the remote, get off the couch and get going? You’ll find some great places to get started on Maplewood’s Springfield Avenue, along with lots of convenient free parking, plus great restaurants and stores nearby.
New Jersey sent 20 athletes to London this summer who competed in everything from fencing, gymnastics and judo, to basketball, swimming and wrestling, including four members of the gold medal winning women’s soccer team. To get fit like an Olympian, check out EastSide Fitness (1865 Springfield Avenue) for personal training sessions, fitness classes, strength training or do-it-yourself workouts on their wide range of workout equipment.
If the martial arts competitions were your favorite part of the Olympics, Shihan Durand Howard, the owner of Blue Life Karate and Fitness (1809 Springfield Avenue) an 8th Degree Black Belt and a member of the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame, World Karate Union Hall of Fame, and the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame can get you started in karate, self-defense, fitness, kickboxing and more.
If you’re not crazy for kickboxing, other businesses in Maplewood’s Springfield Avenue District provide personal instruction in everything from pilates and yoga to dance and fitness including ATA Mixed Martial Arts (1843 Springfield Avenue), Clain Pilates (1861 Springfield Avenue), Dancers Pointe (1874 Springfield Avenue), Inspirational Dance at the Bette White Dance Center (1634 Springfield Avenue), Karate for Youth (1812 Springfield Avenue), LaChaney's Dance & Music Academy (1747 Springfield Avenue), Rush Fitness (10 Burnett Avenue), Shakti Yoga & Living Arts (1861 Springfield Avenue), The Gym On Springfield (1859-61 Springfield Avenue, 2nd Fl.), and Traditional Shotokan Karate-Do Institute (1737 Springfield Avenue).
For a complete directory of businesses and restaurants located in Maplewood’s Springfield Avenue District, or for more information about programs and services provided by the Springfield Avenue Partnership, visit the website or follow Springfield Avenue Partnership on Facebook.