Local Gym Owner Offers A Unique Approach To Exercise

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HIGHLAND PARK– Inspire Me Fit isn’t like your ordinary gym. There are no huge weight-lifting machines, rows of dumbbells or treadmills. And the workout space doubles as an art gallery.

Beginning with the concept and space, owner Metra Lundy knew Inspire Me Fit was going to be a different approach to exercise.

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“With all of the art on the wall, the space is very comfortable. It’s different from a typical gym. The staff knows the clients by name. And what’s great about a small studio is that you’re not going to work out alone and just go home,” said Lundy.

Lundy, who opened Inspire Me Fit in September, has been a dancer for 10 years and specializes in traditional West African dance. She’s also a personal trainer at Rutgers University.

“I’m very passionate about health and wellness. I wanted to combine my two loves –  my desire to dance, the excitement and passion for dance and the idea of exercising and being in good health,” she said.

Lundy offers a few classes that you’re not going to find at your average gym, such as Capoeira, a Brazilian martial arts for children, and a Willpower and Grace class, which focuses on dance philosophy, yoga and strength training.

“It helps individuals to strengthen the parts of their body that support them the most – their core, ankles and feet. It helps them stand taller and more confident,” she said of the Willpower and Grace class.

Clients can also take a three-part West African dance series; candlelight yoga, Ashtanga, which is a daily yoga class for people who want to become more disciplined in the movements, and Zumba, an international dance workout that’s rooted in Latin music.

“There’s Salsa, hip-hop, merengue and reggaeton. It’s a party because people forget they’re actually exercising,” said Lundy, who teaches that class.

Lundy said people have to be inspired to move.

“Everything I do has to do with inspiration,” she said, explaining the idea behind Inspire Me Fit.

James McCrone, executive director of Main Street Highland Park, said “We are thrilled that Metra has chosen to locate her business in Highland Park. The unique approach she brings to fitness and health are a welcome addition.”

Inspire Me Fit, located on the second floor of 431 Raritan Ave., is open on a part-time basis for now beginning at 5 p.m. on  Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 8 a.m. Saturdays.

For more information, visit www.inspiremefit.com


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