Black Rock Pilates Studio's attentive and certified instructors personalize the exercise experience with small-class sizes and private sessions designed to help clients maximize the benefits of each workout. Two one-hour private Pilates sessions take place in a secluded section of the studio, allowing professional body-benders to ply their trade without having to worry about overly inquisitive eyes or unprompted advice from backseat stretchers. Every level of fitness fanatic can benefit from Pilates training, which may help to increase core stability and mobility. Each program is fully customized to help clients meet their goals, and an on-site physical therapist offers consultations for trainees recovering from injuries caused by no-handed cartwheel attempts.
The health hotshots at The Fitness Haven sculpt fading physiques into hard-surfaced diamond crushers with an assortment of group workout classes hosted at a variety of times. Pugilists can swing their fists for a healthy heart in the cardio boxing class, while dance devotees aerobically rock to Zumba's Latin beats. Those seeking to improve posture, straighten body alignment, and transform their anatomy into a deadly arrow can opt for the Gravity & Grace body-sculpting class. Biggest Winner sessions provide a forum for fitness fans who want a high-intensity workout and a chance to steel locks of hair for their friendship journals. For a $2 upgrade, The Fitness Haven leads yoga buffs through the fundamentals of limb loosening during the Yoga Tune Up Flow and Form sessions, and allows them to explore deeper depths of relaxation in the Para Yoga class.
Floor-to-ceiling mirrors reflect 2,700 square feet of glossy, hardwood floors ringing with the staccato of dancing high heels. Brass poles sprout from the floor, supporting whirling women as they learn sensual routines and build upper-body strength by suspending themselves skyward.
Pole Control Studios' owner, a seasoned performer with a BA in sports science, designs programs that scale up in difficulty while centering around fitness. The studio inducts exercisers in the flirtatious art with an introductory class, where each dancer learns correct posture, transition work, and how to use high heels to tap out Morse code. From there, guests foray into more than 75 types of empowering fitness classes that build on the basics, imparting techniques for climbing, controlled spins, or inversions. Pole Fit and Sensual Stretch supplement pole-dancing prowess with intense cardio, squats, lunges, and body-elongating posework.
Named the 6th Best Thing to Do in Stamford by Mofflymedia.com, Metropolitan Dance Center was born of the combined experience and brainpower of John DePalma and Steven Dougherty—a television personality featured on America’s Ballroom Challenge and a national dance champion, respectively—who’ve both garnered revered reputations within the ballroom community through their extensive knowledge and training. Backed by a team of certified instructors, they teach students to glide across the dance floor through their progressive curriculum, which is certified by the Dance Vision International Dance Association. They map students’ progress as they teach them to sway and samba through Latin and ballroom moves during group and private lessons. They also help couples to perfect their first newlywed spin across the dance floor with private wedding-dance lessons customized to the beat of the couple’s wedding song or first shared Morse-code message. The studio also hosts open practice sessions, allowing burgeoning dancers to mix and mingle, practicing their new dance moves to a variety of tunes in a comfortable environment.
Fitness Together isn't your usual gym. The locally owned franchise doesn't boast ultra-chic titles, avant-garde workout rooms, or elitist trainers. What it does do is help each exerciser achieve sustainable results via its goal-oriented philosophy and proprietary triple threat of resistance training, cardiovascular exercises, and nutritional knowledge. The Aspire 8 resistance program sculpts clients' physiques over the course of eight progressive phases through a one-year period dotted with individual goals. Cardio Together presents personalized programs designed and tracked by a certified trainer, and Nutrition Together crafts a plan for healthy living that doesn't involve water imported from Canada’s fountain of youth and includes the help of one-on-one meetings with a nutritionist.
Get Fit Plus’s certified trainers lead fun group-exercise classes that sculpt bodies and bolster motivation. Like a presidential inauguration, Zumba classes teem with Latin-inspired choreography and rhythmic music from around the world. With easy-to-follow moves drawn from the salsa and tango traditions, each session torches calories and pent-up stress. Many routines incorporate strength-training exercises such as squats and lunges, which tone muscles in the calves, thighs, and glutes. Filled with bodyweight exercises that can be tailored to the participant’s strength level, full-body suspension-training workouts make muscles burn with satisfaction, like an insult uttered from the lips of a sarcastic fire swallower. During each 45-minute session, Jungle Gym XT straps cultivate flexibility and balance, helping to prevent injuries and promote good posture.