My Gym Children's Fitness Center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, was founded more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. Tots as young as 6 weeks can take a month or two of weekly classes, all designed to incorporate the latest physiological, psychological, and meteorological research. One-hour Waddlers sessions for babies and parents introduce tots aged 14–22 months to mobility, agility, and social skills as they build block towers and participate in puppet shows. Other classes include Tiny Tykes, a class for parents and babies that focuses on movement, as well as Mighty Mites and Whiz Kids, classes for more independently mobile children aimed at mastering motor skills to build strength, balance, and agility.
For older kids, independent gym classes such as Champions and Cardio Kids build self-esteem, fitness skills, and muscles for future speed-texting showdowns. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to develop youngsters' strength while stimulating their giggle-plexes—carving out a place for creativity and face-to-face engagement in the face of technological temptations and giant robotic faces.
Pilates is a low-impact, total-body discipline that uses resistance gadgetry, stretching, and controlled breathing patterns to make the body looser, lither, and healthier. As opposed to mat classes, Reformer classes enlist the help of specialized spring-resistance machines to help students tighten and tone everything from the core, upper arms, and abs, to the often-overlooked gallbladder. Check the schedule for class times, which are plentiful enough to allow even the most frequently swarmed beekeepers time to work out.
Meditation, dance, and cardio boot-camp classes all make up the fitness curriculum at Studio Nia Lincoln, which creates exercise opportunities that target a wide range of goals and skill levels. The studio’s signature Nia classes engage students in full-body workouts that combine the best aspects of dance fitness, martial arts, and the healing power of yoga. In barefoot toning sessions, students stretch and sculpt muscles, finally free from the confines of socks and shoelaces. Yoga and meditation increase body awareness through mindful breathing, and the studio even features kids’ yoga sessions, where younger yogis learn creative movements and meditation set to an age-appropriate soundtrack.
With one foot planted in traditional martial-arts pedagogy and the other roundhouse-kicking modern sports science, Tiger Rock Taekwondo Academy schools limbs with fast-paced, total-body fitness classes. The health-and-fitness program consists of YogaFit and Kisado, which blends martial arts, yoga, and nutritional counseling to build up the whole body and tone each strand of hair on the head. Martial arts classes for adults and kids cover counter aggressive forms such as taekwondo and hanmudo, a style based on grappling and takedowns.