Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Aeris, Aqua Lung, Hollis, Oceanic
Pro Tip: We are passionate about the sport of scuba diving
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Scuba classes
Recommended Age Group: 10 and up
A lot of people like to dive right in when it comes to learning a new skill, but the founder of Inland Water Divers prefers a slow and steady approach when it comes to certifying new scuba divers. "Your first step as a new student should be to stop into the shop and meet one of our instructors," he says. Ensuing conversations focus on a student's individual goals, and whether he or she would simply like a PADI or NAUI diving certification or something more advanced, such as rescue diving training or algae language lessons. After all, as the founder points out, "Matching you with the correct equipment and knowing your goals will help ensure that you are successful in your training."
Inspired by the idea that getting fitness results should be fun and surprising, Imagine That! Dance and Fitness' teachers entertain and enrich clients with subjects such as Zumba, cheerleading, and tae kwon do. In that vein, instructor Monica Saldana claims Zumba classes—in which students swivel hips and incinerate calories to Latin-inspired tunes—always feel like a party, mostly due to the messy breakups staged by teenage actors. Hip-hop and break-dance classes sample other styles of music as teachers train bodies to perform their powerful, rhythm-fueled dance steps. Youth-centric Zumbatomics classes motivate kids to shed sweat like their parents, while tae-kwon-do sessions challenge them to learn discipline, focus, and self-defense.
Anthony Boss didn't notice his physical health until he was 17, but once he did, he spent a year shedding nearly 50 pounds. That was when his love for fitness took hold, and he became passionate about helping others undergo his transformation. Today, he and his team of instructors lead students of all fitness levels through intense boot-camp classes designed to help boost metabolism and burn fat. Because they're dedicated to helping exercisers achieve results safely, they offer four-week boot-camp trials that slowly ramp up in intensity. This ensures that students don't take on more weight than they can handle allowing them to drop pounds, not barbells.
Sonny Gutierrez has been in the boxing ring for more than 30 years. In that time, he's amassed six national titles, competed in nearly every amateur tournament, and fought on the USA Boxing team. Perhaps his crowning achievement, however, is helping transform people's lives at Sonny's Boxing Gym. Here, he and fellow instructors teach trainees how to throw punches and how to respond to a punching bag's witty insults. Classes include different levels of boxing, personal training, and a kids' antibullying program.
Named after the Sanskrit word for “community,” Sangha Yoga stays true to its title by bringing together yogis of all levels in peaceful classes six days a week. The studio’s curriculum incorporates both extremely gentle sessions and such intense rounds as the "rock my body, soothe my soul" class, which keeps sweat glands' hands full with challenging poses that strengthen the frame without overworking internal systems.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months old–12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.