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Clad in fatigues and soaking in sweat, the denizens of Pure Power Boot Camp lift logs, climb walls, and navigate obstacle courses. If it sounds like military boot camp, that's no accident; each of the drill instructors are current or former military members. Presided over by Lauren Brenner—who became a personal trainer at 16 before playing Division I tennis and working as a trainer for the Syracuse men's basketball team—each instructor leads a platoon that trains together multiple times per week. Pure Power Boot Camp's boot-camp training is ideal for adventure races like Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, or Warrior Dash as it incorporates real obstacles and situations. After their initial training, members can enroll in maintenance courses that help them keep their new bodies in shape and offer an excuse to see the climbing wall with which they fell in love.
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The New York Kids Club provides Big Apple families with enriching entertainment for both the young and the young-at-heart. On Friday night, the club holds its week-wrapping-up events—Friday Fun for Everyone or Pajama Party:
Within the multihued walls of Kidville’s indoor playland, tykes expand their minds, network with members of their peer group, and deplete their vast energy reserves. Babies, toddlers, and kids 6 or younger delve into classes developed by Kidville’s early-childhood-development gurus. Burgeoning Beethovens can swivel their hips, flex their sing-along muscles, and edit their massive music manuscripts during one of Kidville’s music and dance classes, or enlist in one of the art classes to create a piece that captures their inner rage toward broccoli. Fun and fit gym classes let tots run, roll, and hover through gauntlets of plush blocks and spongy play mats. Clasping hands and scampering legs can also roam freely through Kidville’s sprightly indoor playspace, though all munchkins must be supervised by a parent, guardian, or trustworthy primate.
Deemed "one of the city's leading cultural centers" by New York magazine, the 92nd Street Y has sparked nonprofit projects and engaging performances since its founding in 1874. Centers for art, creative writing, and educational outreach flex the muscles of the mind while the May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport molds physiques on multiple floors of advanced workout arenas. Visitors might ease into a jazz or dance series at the Theresa L. Kaufmann Concert Hall, whose seating accommodates 915 people or 450 musicians on take-your-bassoon-to-work day, or watch a concert and other 92nd Y events from the personal monitors perched on the gym's cardio machines. Eight programming centers, including The School of the Arts, and the May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport interweave lectures, exercise and academic classes for adults and children, film screenings, and long-distance learning into a pursuit of shared wellness. During lectures, such special guests as Bill Gates, Woody Allen, and Bill Clinton have taken the stage to talk about their careers or debut new tap dancing routines.
After studying yoga and meditation in Thailand, Circuit of Change's founder Brian Delmonico was inspired to create an exercise program that could both dramatically strengthen the body and bring balance to the mind. The result is Mind Body Boot Camp, an intense workout that weaves together elements from seven different disciplines, including yoga, core training, kickboxing, and kicking cardboard boxes. This innovative mix of Eastern and Western techniques has caught the attention of the New York Times—which compared it to other boot camps as a "tamer (though hardly tame) alternative"—as well as New York magazine, which named Circuit of Change's workout the Best Zen Bootcamp in its Best of New York 2012 issue.
Mind Body boot-camp classes are held both outdoors and in Circuit of Change's 1500-square-foot studio, where white beams stretch from hardwood floors to high ceilings with track lighting. The fitness experts also teach yoga classes, the calorie-burning powers of which rival those of the boot-camp classes.
Our professionally developed, non-competitive programs have been designed to build motor skills in a fun and nurturing environment, while fostering enhanced emotional, intellectual and social skills. The Little Gym helps kids build the skills and confidence that will enhance every aspect of their lives.
Like most good ideas, Gymboree Play and Music didn't begin in a business meeting—it began out of necessity. In 1976, Joan Barnes, a California mom, found herself frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time. Knowing that other parents were undoubtedly feeling the same frustration, she took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. She consulted experts to design a curriculum of activities to foster the development of children’s cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play. She hired a nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers. And her staff began conducting entertaining classes covering subjects ranging from music to sports to impart valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds.
As their children learned and socialized, parents also found benefit in meeting and befriending other moms and dads in their local area. More than 30 years later, her vision has proved to be a success: more than 712 child-centered franchises now spread over 42 countries, bringing confidence and creativity to thousands of youngsters in several continents and to one in the center of the earth.
Fifteen thousand square feet of colorful training equipment beckons to be tumbled upon. That's where the dedicated staff comes in, working with students of all skill levels to build confidence and coordination through gymnastics programs. With classes designed for students between 18 months and 18 years old, gymnastics programs provide a well-rounded curriculum that helps motivate students while honing concentration and basic motor movements.
Classes for tots and kindergarten-age students include practice on obstacle courses, trampolines, balance beams, and tumble tracks. Girls and boys older than 5 1/2 years learn fun and challenging exercises while climbing rock walls, swinging on uneven bars, and attempting to bridle wild pommel horses. Sunburst Gymnastics also offers competitive programs, in which students train for state, regional, and national events.
Most athletic clubs are geared toward adults. Not so at Nova Athletic Club, where youngsters rule the sprawling space. Here, children learn team-building skills, discipline, and concentration during an array of classes. Artistic gymnastics builds muscle and boosts balance while inspiring students to express themselves more gracefully. Martial arts instills confidence and respect through the study of Japanese Karate, Kung Fu, and Tae Kwon Do, and Zumba develops coordination as youngsters follow along to dance steps set to energetic Latin rhythms.
In addition to classes, the club also hosts camps with both athletic activities and arts and crafts. It also boasts an afterschool program with homework help, and parties with gym instruction and birthday cake.
Lawson Harris has been busy over the course of her 25-year fitness career. She’s starred in a Pilates workout DVD, taught countless Pilates classes, and developed a training program for The Lab instructors. And today, at her fitness studio, she and her fellow Pilates instructors and personal trainers get students moving with classes in disciplines such as Pilates, yoga, boot camp, circuit training, and Zumba. Complementing the workouts, the studio maintains a Wellness Lab in which clients can receive acupuncture, chiropractic care, or massage therapy.
The Gym Park hosts a variety of kids fitness classes, starting with mommy-and-me training for tots, and ramping up to classes for older kids in activities such as tumbling, gymnastics, and parkour. But don't be fooled—the gym's team of instructors also knows the value of play. Hence their open play sessions, where kids spend unstructured time on the gym's bars and tumbling equipment, trying out new moves and pretending there's lava in the floor, or, for a lower difficulty level, the ceiling. The gym's birthday parties, led by two instructors, are similarly playful, as open play sessions accompany built-in time for eating cake.
The hiss and clank of weight machines from manufacturers such as Cybex and Precor blend with the whir of recumbent cycles and treadmills to form the perpetual soundtrack at each of Dolphin Fitness's locations, open 24 hours most days of the week. The clubs' trainers also welcome exercisers looking to expand their wellness regimen, helping clients with lessons on how to safely warm up, craft a sensible nutrition plan, or block incoming phone calls from the local donut shop.
At Box and Lift, Harly and Brian combine boxing and weightlifting to equip clients with both strength training and boxing acumen. Harly’s strength-training program enables clients to tone their muscles with exercises that train the body and mind. Brian, who helms the boxing program, arms students with real boxing skills combined with a great cardio workout to help burn calories.
Kids get their fill of airborne fun at FabulouCity All-Stars, where instructors lead routines in gymnastics, cheerleading, and dance. The nonprofit youth center gives toddlers, adolescents, and teens a venue to express themselves in a positive way, encouraging movement and fun in a low-stress environment. Certified instructors lead everything from classes to cheer camps to birthday parties, where guests
gambol around the gym and somersault into the piñata.
Though the staff at Super Kickers focuses on teaching children the basics of soccer, their efforts don't end with sports instruction. In addition to leading youth in soccer-focused activities in the seasonal indoor and outdoor sessions of their youth soccer program, they also conduct an after-school club that merges physical activity with music and arts. And as an after-school program alternative, the staff also helms a series of Flex Pass programs spanning music and crafts. Children might make art using paints, marshmallows, and shaving cream, learn to sight-read and play the piano, join in yoga-centric imagination games, or practice keeping rhythm and melody with singing, tambourines, and egg shakers. Additionally, during summer and holiday camps, coaches and teachers lead children in indoor or outdoor soccer games, as well as other seasonal activities such as music and dance, yoga, crafts, martial arts, and bounce house time.