Steamtown Yoga’s certified yoga instructors lead their students through energizing poses with a double-dose of enthusiasm in a studio infused with muscle-loosening heat. The schedule brims with 90-minute classes for students of all skill levels, which like televised readings of Beowulf, run seven days a week. Trained by hot-yoga superstars Bikram Choudhury and Jimmy Barkan, studio owner Lara Rubin gives newbies a solid foundation to build their yoga practice and can help even the most advanced yogis perfect their poses with demonstration, verbal cues, and hands-on modifications. In addition to melting stress, the sweltering temperature helps students deepen stretches and purge toxins with each bead of sweat. Separate men’s and women’s changing rooms reward students’ efforts with hot showers, hair dryers, and a enough space to wriggle out of a constrictive cocoon.
As the morning begins, a row of toddlers takes turns tumbling feet over head while their parents guide them into the correct movement. Later, school-age kids sit in a circle, legs stretched before them as they try to touch their toes. The trained staff of My Gym Children's Fitness Center imbue kids with life skills through music, physical activities, and games. Many classes incorporate physical exercises with social and developmental skills, while summer camps are also available seasonally. All classes take place in a well-padded room, led by staff trained in child development and fluent in Muppet.
The instructors at Todd’s Martial Arts believe the practice of martial arts is a vehicle that can transport students to a place of greater self-confidence and self-control. Of course, the facility also recognizes that getting into shape and chopping down trees with roundhouse kicks are probably students’ priorities, too. That’s where Todd Sensinger comes in. As the head instructor at TMA, Todd is a second-degree black belt, and has been teaching and practicing the sport for 15 years. Todd and a team of certified instructors teach students ages six and up. They also maintain a clean, welcoming dojang, or “training facility.”
The staff of Twin Ponds heads up a series of integrated wellness programs that boost patrons' holistic health with counseling, yoga, and other fitness services. During the center's yoga classes, students work to strengthen the bond between their bodies and minds, posing through one-hour sessions that meet seven days a week. Laughing yoga implores pent-up giggles to emerge during sessions that boost both endorphins and the self-esteem of struggling standup comics in attendance. Fundamentals of Yoga and Beginners Yoga stress foundations of the practice, including core strength, flexibility, alignment, and rhythmic breathing.
Since 1979, the staff of Lehigh Valley Racquet and Fitness Clubs has made it their mission to obliterate any barriers keeping their members from working out. Each club is open 24 hours a day year-round, with free childcare available during specific times of day. That commitment to availability helps even the busiest people find time to hop on Hammer Strength and Cybex strength-training circuits, StairMasters, and other equipment. Group fitness classes get students sweating as they execute punches in Turbo Kick cardio-kickboxing sessions or dance to Zumba's Latin-inspired workouts. Full-body boot-camp workouts are also available, mixing in calisthenics, strength training, and agility drills to continuously challenge bodies. All of the clubs’ personal trainers hold bachelor's degrees in health-related fields or have national certifications from accredited organizations.
After their workouts, members can unwind in the whirlpool, sauna, or steam rooms, then drop off their free rental towels for cleaning. For sports lovers, the Allentown location also boasts basketball, volleyball, squash, and badminton courts, as well as 11 outdoor and 8 indoor tennis courts.