The Alamance County Community YMCA pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to afterschool programs and day camps.
Zumba, cycling, and Pilates group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues result in friendly competition and hyperliterate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
Gold's Gym opened more than 45 years ago in Venice Beach and today features an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, and clean facilities. Clients can maximize their strength, flexibility, and typing speed, or enlist the expertise of a complimentary personal training consultation.
Jazzercise, a funk-fueled, head-to-toe regimen, sculpts muscles, boosts energy, and sheds pounds during 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching. It incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Class formats vary too, including special Jazzercises geared to sculpt your bod or literally make you slightly better at saxophone playing. As for the ittie-ditties, childcare is available during select times at many locations.
There's no doubt that you are a real adult when you have been an aerospace engineer for over 10 years. So for Kent Gold, it was a momentous life change when in 2001 he rediscovered his inner child and founded SoccerTots—a soccer-based program that helps 18-month to 10-year-old kids develop their motor skills and build their confidence through fun and athletic games. Now, a decade later, the program is offered at more than 150 locations, including Canada and Peru, and has expanded to include HoopsterTots and PartyTots.
Each SoccerTots program is helmed by a team of skilled instructors who engage little ones with fun activities, such as dribbling balls and playing scrimmages, that fuel their motivation to learn and challenge their athletic abilities. To ensure a supportive learning environment, classes are broken down by age and use only soft, child-size equipment. SoccerTot instructors also get kids ready to learn by sending them into super-concentration mode, which encourages little ones to concentrate and try their hardest at a task to help strengthen their muscle memory and their ability to levitate other players on the field.
A collection of experienced instructors staff Dancing Dogs Yoga, where they lead students in a variety of classes. They strive to create a welcoming and empowering atmosphere for stretchers of all types, offering daily selections of Vinyasa yoga for all levels.
Motivations Fitness’s owner, Jameel McGregor, has earned the nickname the Reverend of Fitness for his view of the body as a temple. He and his team of certified professionals deliver their fitness sermons at a 700-square-foot studio outfitted with colorful stability balls, punching bags, and equipment such as the Smith machine, which encourages proper squat form. The studio’s signature five-component program—a cocktail of cardio and resistance training, supplements, meal planning, and professional guidance—draws on the latest fitness research to efficiently condition physiques. The Boxing Fitness Bootcamp Academy hones fighting prowess with core training, shadowboxing, and sparring rounds with a couple life-size Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. In an effort to bolster public health, the gym’s nonprofit Move2Lose Foundation raises awareness of fitness’s importance in the surrounding community.