Sleek hardwood and smooth brick floors are the stomping grounds of dozens of colorful yoga mats inside Lehigh Valley Yoga?s studios. Experienced teachers take the helm in each room as they guide students through poses during Ashtanga, Vinyasa, hot and prenatal yoga classes. Students and firemen also congregate inside one of the studios for muscle-forming pole-fitness classes.
Walking into CrossFit Lehigh Valley for the first time, visitors are bound to notice some differences compared to other, "normal" gyms. For one, CrossFit Lehigh Valley doesn't have any mirrors, or fancy equipment, or egos. That's because the facility views itself as a community where members come together to push and support each other to the next level—a similar process that sparks lifelong friendships in mosh pits. Coaches guide the way through every intense, varied exercise, and a different workout every day challenges individuals to improve on their progress from previous days. The facility boasts over 10,000 square feet of space with supplemental amenities including locker rooms and showers.
10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu is a distinct form of grappling, one largely kept under wraps by its creator Eddie Bravo. But martial arts studios across the world teach it—including 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Bethlehem. After obtaining Eddie's blessing, the studio's two instructors now teach the 10th Planet system's three distinct moves: the rubber guard, the half-guard, and the twister. In the rubber guard, grapplers pull their opponents to the mat with a leg wrapped around his shoulders and neck. The half-guard involves hooking your legs around one of your opponents, keeping them in a locked position. And then, there's the twister; during this fearsome maneuver, fighters put opponents in a choke-hold and quite literally twist their bodies to incapacitate them.
Throughout the week, Live Learn and Play abounds with youngsters of all ages, genders, and special needs, frolicking among inflatable obstacle courses, therapeutic swings, and ball pits under the supervision of childcare professionals. During youth classes and camps certified instructors lead classes in art, dance, and music, enriching kids' bodies and minds while distracting them from plots to age. Meanwhile, in the parent-resource center, adults attend childcare-training workshops and an abundance of classes, including kickboxing, nutrition, and yoga. The center even offers mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which utilizes healing oxygen treatments in an effort to improve conditions such as autism, arthritis, and allergies.
Helmed by a former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader and featured on Channel 69, the classes at Sweat Like a Girl help tone muscles and boost self-confidence at flirty workouts tailored to women's physiques. With step-by-step instructions and a go-at-your-own-pace mantra, the studio's 10 classes suit students of all ages, sizes, and speed-reading abilities. Flirty Girl Fitness instructors scour dance clubs and music videos for sultry moves, then shape them into exciting aerobics routines that target calories for elimination. Pairing pole-based strength exercises with spins and climbs, one-hour Polefit sessions help each student sculpt long, lean sinews and prepare for jousting tournaments. Polates teams the core-bolstering poses of Pilates with tools such as poles, bender balls, and gliding disks to work on strengthening abs and improving posture.