Established by the joint efforts of physical therapists and exercise experts, Village Fitness focuses on personalized care as the road to both recovery and overall health. Many of its amenities serve this dual purpose: handpicked pieces of strength equipment can boost muscle mass or rehabilitate injuries, and the LeRoy location's heated pool hosts aerobics classes alongside aquatic therapy. Other fitness classes accommodate guests of all backgrounds with Silver Sneakers senior programming, rhythmic Zumba routines, and full-body boot-camp drills. Family-oriented services such as open swim times strengthen bonds while promoting wellness, and allow entire households to paddle together without crowding the living-room fish tank.
Within the zen-like stillness of Beyond Center for Yoga's studio, waves of inner energy radiate from rows of intense students. They're led by the studios cadre of certified instructors, who embody the studio's commitment to spirtual and physical well-being through the practice of ancient fitness arts. During adult classes, they teach students how to decrease stress in Gentle Yoga, connect breathing with poses in Yin Yasa, and challenge themselves in Power Yoga. During Pilates Boot Camp classes, they bring Pilates principles to standing bodywork, weight training, and balance and flexibility exercises to tone whole bodies.
Manned by a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, The Health and Fitness Advantage, LLC plans a variety of exercise programs in a nonjudgmental zone. Visitors can test their endurance aboard the cardio area's Precor machines while trainers, yoga instructors, and athletic coaches help clients to achieve performance goals.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
Maria McKendry, Burn at the Barre’s certified instructor, conducts the studio's barre-fitness classes. During these sessions, she fuses the muscle toning and core strengthening of Pilates with the grace and strength inherent in ballet. Stealing from her experience as a personal trainer and her education in physical therapy, Maria infuses her classes with long, flexible moves and more rigorous cardio. The classes incorporate sequences of controlled, isometric exercises, which require unwavering mental focus as well as precise physical technique while they methodically work muscle groups throughout the arms, hips, and abdominals. Students animate their body by way of thumping tunes while using the ballet barre to balance. Maria's experience as a triathlete informs her ability to incorporate different disciplines into one entertaining, high-energy class.
Rain or shine, athletes can sprint and juke across the three Astroplay fields that sprawl throughout Total Sports Experience’s 115,000-square-foot facility. Soccer, lacrosse, football, and lawn-mowing competitions unfurl atop two boarded and one unboarded patch of faux grass. Hoopers bank shots off of two Goalrilla posts during pickup games on a full-size basketball court. The onsite fitness center cross-trains athletes with Precor, Cybex, Hoist, and York machinery, and certified trainers help exercisers select the proper equipment to match their fitness goals and sweatband colors to match their auras. After an intense match or solo workout, the sizzle of grilling barbecue and hot dogs wafting from Total Sports Experience’s food court beckons stomachs in need of refueling. The eatery also buzzes with free WiFi, a bonus for parents looking to multitask during a little one’s team practice.