My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level?starting as young as 6 months?and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
CrossFit Burke's owner and head instructor, Jamie Gallagher, discovered CrossFit as a platoon commander in the Marines. He not only followed the program himself but also used it to keep the soldiers under his command in peak shape.
That may make CrossFit sound like a fitness regimen reserved for hardcore exercisers. Far from it. One of CrossFit's core premises is scalability, or the ability to adjust every exercise by load, number of repetitions, and intensity to accommodate students of any fitness level. It's why rookies, senior citizens, Marines, and elite athletes can stand side by side in the same class, performing the same Workout of the Day?encouraging one another to muscle through one last pushup or threatening to key each other's cars if they don't do 10 more burpees.
Oftentimes, there's just one choice to be made with pizza?which toppings to put on it. At Coal Fire, however, the decision process starts before that, as the restaurant offers three original sauces. Guests can choose from a classic plum-tomato version, a spicy sauce, or their signature blend with sweet and spicy notes. Cooks then ladle the chosen sauce onto aged, homemade dough that's crisped in a 900-degree oven fired with anthracite coal. This process gives the crust a crisp, charred flavor reminiscent of a Neapolitan pie or the Human Torch's steering wheel.
The pizzas are hardly the only distinctive item on the menu, though. Chicken wings are oven-baked?not fried?with seasoning and roasted onions. Flash-fried calamari is tossed with sweet and hot peppers, and baked mac 'n' cheese is studded with lump crab meat. All the while, bartenders fill glasses with wine and craft beers, which guests can enjoy at the bar or on the outdoor patio.