MADISON, NJ – The Rose City hosted its first-ever fitness crawl on Nov. 5 with the help of Club Pilates and several other exercise studios in town. 

Similar to a bar crawl (but much healthier), Madison’s fitness crawl gave participants a chance to sample classes at no charge across six participating studios in the downtown area. Trial classes ran every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and at least 100 people participated.

“This is an opportunity to discover the wealth of fitness options in our community,” said event organizers. “The first step toward empowering yourself to lead a healthy lifestyle is through exercise.”

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Club Pilates general manager Cara DePaul taught 20-minute classes at the newly-opened studio on 53 Main St. with the help of Jen Mazza, and said she enjoyed promoting health and wellness not only in the studio, but throughout the whole town. 

“Working out should be a good time,” DePaul told her final class of the day.

Club Pilates has a unique approach to fitness that appeals to everyone, “no matter what kind of person you are,” DePaul said.

“Pilates is for everybody and every body. It doesn’t matter who you are, you can benefit from pilates,” she said. “Club Pilates stands out to me because it has incorporated the group fitness idea into something that previously was very individual. 

“If you want to blend in in a big, group fitness class, you can. If you want to be one on one and get a lot of interaction with your instructor, you can.”

Special deals were available at the studio for all participants, including 20 percent off your first month with a three-month commitment. Club Pilates also offers a 10 percent monthly discount for students and teachers. 

Each fitness crawler who visited all six studios took home a special gift bag chock full of organic snacks from Whole Foods, an event sponsor, as well as exclusive discount offers from several downtown businesses. 

Other participating studios included ChaiseFitness, 132 Main St.; The MAX Challenge, 35 Main St.; Bar Method, 122 Main St.; Mind Your Body, 4 Park Ave. and Studio Yoga, 2 Green Village Road. Jolie gym hosted a post-crawl cool-down at 1 p.m.
The fitness crawl is part of the Mayors Wellness Campaign, a statewide health program that provides mayors with resources and information needed to promote healthy, active living throughout the community. 

“When mayors promote healthy living they can drive community-wide change,” said the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, which runs the program in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.

Though Madison began the mayors wellness campaign under former Mayor Woody Kerkeslager with the help of Dr. Jim Hollenbach, a local chiropractor and chair of the campaign’s all-volunteer committee, this year was the first for the fitness crawl.

“As our downtown is being reinvented, we are a hub for healthy activities,” said Mayor Bob Conley at a Nov. 13 council meeting.