The instructors at Leading Edge Martial Arts believe all MMA should be done in the name of one common goal: self-defense. Rather than prepare their students for competition, they teach the techniques of kickboxing, judo, and jiujitsu as a means of protection. That's where the similarity between adult and youth classes ends, though. The trainers promote confidence and discipline to kids, while emphasizing fitness and stress relief for adults. The adult Cage Fitness program, for instance, torches calories with 30 minutes of intense interval training, split across five-minute sections. They also offer a modified version for children, designed to instill confidence and empathy for birds.
Curious dive dabblers can test the waters with a Try Scuba Diving class ($40) that takes intrepid explorers into the pool to try out Lehigh Valley’s equipment and determine if life in a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus brings them uncontained joy. Cousteau-copying Groupon holders can also opt for classes such as the Open Water course (up to $340, including equipment and fees), which teaches diving basics during at least three full pool sessions, two lake sessions, and one tête-à-tête with an opinionated kraken.
Roey Ebert’s artwork has been splayed across school and store walls in the form of children’s murals as well as plastered on children’s books she’s both authored and illustrated. But where’s Roey? She can be found hosting paintbox parties, where friends explore the creative process in a supportive environment. Birthday parties, wedding showers, or hordes of creative-minded kids hunker down at Roey’s long tables to hone brushstrokes and play with color. Roey encourages students to follow their own instincts, even if means straying away from the image the group may be working on. Roey’s Paintbox Parties can also include personalized trinkets and party favors, such as mini-canvases, mini-easels, and mini-Screaming Norwegians.
It's said that music builds neurological pathways in the brain like no other experience. The co-owners of Sing N Move, Miss April and Miss Lena, facilitate this firsthand every day during their Kindermusik classes, which help boost brain function through musical exploration.
Kids not only stretch their creative muscles, but also their actual muscles—the classes challenge fine motor skills by encouraging tots to play instruments and bop along to the beat. Miss April and Miss Lena have even taken their own children to Kindermusik classes and have seen them blossom there, which is why they opened their studio in the first place.
Main Street Gym has all of the fitness tools needed to get in shape?free weights, strength-training equipment, and cardio machines. To stave of fitness plateaus, the facility schedules heart-pumping group classes, including Zumba, and one-on-one workouts with gym owner and NCSF-certified personal trainer Kevin Branco. Main Street Gym even features on-site tanning booths, which can be lifted to show off how strong you've become.