Dribbling dynamo Darren Pitzner leads all clinics and fills sessions with more positive reinforcement than the entire Congratulations section of Hallmark. Expect to get an earful of positive music, motivational speeches, and ethic-enforcing instruction during the practices. Fast-paced drills are organized to whip benchwarmers into big shots and big shots into humungous successes with a variety of game-speed stations (each is 3 to 7 minutes long).
Fitwize 4 Kids fosters healthy habits in a kid-centric fitness environment geared toward humans ages 5–15. Each 45-minute program fuses age-appropriate resistance circuit training with health-inspiring nutrition tips, pumping up self-esteem, blazing trails to wellbeing, and engaging young minds with the socio-psychological concept of fun. To prepare children for lifetimes full of fitness and free of pulled deltoids, a CrossFit and CrossFit Kids instructor will highlight safe workout techniques and coach kids through exercises that rely on lighter weights and more reps than traditional bodybuilding regimens. Parents can sign up their offspring for activity-boosting sessions on either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m..
Yoga Monkey’s friendly, patient instructors bequeath the benefits of yoga to kids ages 4–10 with a creative approach to teaching recently lauded in Gazette. Breaks for storytelling, silly faces, and other activities keep mini yogis engaged as teachers lead age-appropriate poses and stretches in several classes each week. Classes can accommodate a wide range of skill levels, limitations, or disabilities. Besides building physical strength, yoga practice can help kids develop the self-control and focus they need to succeed in school and stop finger-painting four surfaces at once.
As a wife and mom, certified trainer Victoria McCullough helps women of all fitness levels kick-start sputtering metabolisms through 30- and 45-minute workouts. In spite of her military background, she motivates her students with encouragement rather than intimidation. Victoria augments the fat-burning effects of boot camps with nutritional advice and by teaching workout-at-home routines.
The air that fills Hot On Yoga’s studio is heated to 90–105 degrees, the ideal temperature to increase flexibility and tone muscles with reduced injury. During each class, certified instructors guide students through a set of 26 postures and two breathing exercises that work to bring harmony to the entire body.
The class is small, a cluster of hard-working students lift their legs as an instructor walks around them to check posture and adjust forms. The instructors at ReVibe Pilates & Bodywork purposefully keep their Pilates classes intimate to ensure they can attend to each student in turn. This enables the teachers to better help their charges as they build core, arm, and leg muscles by performing exercises on the Reformer machines or on the mat.
In addition to mat and reformer classes, the team also leads Barre ReVibe sessions that use ballet-inspired exercises to create long and lithe physiques. Massage therapists, meanwhile, are on hand to help students recover from injury or stress with treatments such as Swedish massage, hot stone therapy, or group hugs.