After navigating the puffed-up tubes and passageways of Bounce Around Indoor Family Fun Center’s inflatable bounce houses, kids may never look at air the same way again. The stuff they breathe each day takes on new and exciting possibilities as they zip down huge, colorful slides and crawl through obstacle courses that emphasize fun over function. The play areas abound with whimsical decorations, from a barnyard filled with bouncy wooden barrels to a giant shark that scours the facility in search of tasty pufferfish. Not far from the bounce houses, arcade games subsist on their own diet of golden tokens, and tuckered-out kids replenish their energy with pizza, chicken wings, and soda from the concession stand.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Music industry veterans Stan Denis and Paul Benedetti, both fathers of ambitious child musicians, spent years commiserating about the dismal, calcified state of music education. Deciding to do something about it, the two founded Rock School Music, determined to mix the principles of classical pedagogy with a heavy dose of kid-directed originality. Rather than focusing on scales and hoary old etudes, their instructors encourage students to bring in music they actually enjoy listening to, helping aspiring rockers play their favorite songs and recommending technical drills that directly improve their ability to play the studied piece.
In addition to private lessons, the studio's Rock School program arranges young jammers into bands based on their skill levels, before giving them a weekend practice space and sponsoring regular rock concerts for friends and family. Rock School Music’s studio, furnished with plush leather chairs and a wood-paneled front desk, inspires visitors to pursue their musical dreams with its framed band posters and fern plants that resemble Slash.
The certified instructors at Hot Yoga Saratoga believe that heated exercise has more benefits than just boosting the body’s flexibility. For nearly 20 types of classes, they warm up their studios to help bodies heal injuries, release toxins, and thin the blood so it can flow more easily to tissues and organs. From silent Bikram sessions in 105-degree heat to yoga sculpt classes set to 90 degrees and upbeat music, the studio aims to have something for yogis of all ages and experience levels.
The Revolution celebrates the invention of the wheel with an indoor cycling studio and bike-centric classes. Hop aboard a Spinner bike and rage against immobility, burning up to 1,000 calories per expert-led session. Classes focus on five fitness principles: balance, strength, flexibility, endurance, and power to produce muscles so tight that fleets of quarters bounce off them and lodge into steel surfaces.