You might not leave Fitness University with a tangible degree, but that doesn't mean choosing a fitness major was for naught. Proof of a passing grade will just be evident in your physique instead of a piece of paper. At Fitness U, there are three majors: significant weight loss, strength training, and athletic conditioning. Depending on which one you pick, a workout plan will be custom tailored to help you successfully complete your major. A signature session could include Muffin Top Massacre, an introductory class for women who have at least 25 pounds to lose.
In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their child’s development, their kids learn to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of their preschool knitting circles.
With more than two decades of artistic experience and a sprawling portfolio of canvases and murals, Erin Hill shares the knowledge she’s attained over the years with aspiring artists of all ages. In one-on-one sessions and small groups, she empowers both children and adults with the skills to express themselves through visual art.
U.S. Taekwondo Center passes down the myriad techniques of tae kwon do in classes for kids and adults. Children's classes focus on character development and building self-confidence, whereas adult classes emphasize cardiovascular exercise and improving muscle tone. The centers also offer family classes where participants can train side-by-side. All classes welcome beginners to the sport, teaching students sparring techniques, blocking, and kicks.
Like a ninja star thrown into a westerly wind, Universal Kempo Karate worked its way east from its first Hawaii location, founded in 1966. It arrived in Colorado Springs in 1980, expanding quickly to multiple locations. The instructors honor the programs that were passed down to them, teaching kids physical fitness combined with mental discipline and expanding into combat techniques as they become adults. Students engage calories in battle, burning them in cardio-focused kickboxing classes that eliminate moves with a risk of injury.
An official Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick, The Music Class spreads the magic of music to more than 1,700 youngsters in more than 100 cities across the United States. Beginning as young as infancy, students can enroll in classes that explore concepts such as singing, dancing, moving, and instrument play, and later diving into subjects that include tonal and rhythmic instruction, introduction to orchestral instruments, and identifying correct pitch.