World Gym maintains its 35-year legacy of body-sculpting know-how at its various globe-spanning locations, jump-starting workout routines with cardio equipment, free weights, and more than 50 weekly exercise classes. Taught by certified trainers, typical classes range from yoga to spin to calorie-torching Zumba dance parties. At most locations, after working out, exercisers can relax in saunas that vaporize stress with misty heat, or submit their backs to certified massage therapist. Many of the gyms cater to families, too, with colorful childcare centers that keep youngsters entertained and supervised during parental workouts.
The 2,000-square-foot gym at CrossFit Coram is filled with all the equipment you'll need to pursue functional fitness, building your body's strength through all sorts of challenges. But don't expect to find a space bursting with weight machines and ellipticals?instead, Coram's trainers lead workouts that rely on medicine balls, kettlebells, wooden plyometric boxes, and free weights. In addition to valuing a good workout, the trainers also value their community; the gym's supportive group environment helps exercisers succeed not only in the gym but also beyond, competing in local races and obstacle courses.
Gold Medal Gymnastics promotes physical fitness and character development in a wide variety of children's gymnastics classes. Since 1973, the fully outfitted facilities have provided training programs for youngsters ages 9 months to 18 years, regardless of experience or skill level. During recreational classes, students can master anything from the pommel horse and trampoline to vaulting and floor routines. Age-appropriate training improves strength, flexibility, and motor skills while teaching values such as perseverance and self-confidence. Additionally, the certified instructors train competitive gymnastics teams for boys and girls of varying age levels.
At CrossFit Centereach, members won't spend countless hours on a treadmill parked in front of flat screens. Instead, they will challenge their minds and bodies with high-intensity exercises built around gymnastics and strength conditioning. As participants build powerful muscles and burn fat through running, jumping, and weightlifting, they forge a solid bond and community with their fellow gym mates.
JCC stands for Jewish Community Center, but religion isn't the sole focus at the JCC of Greater New Haven. Recipients of the CTNow Best of New Haven Readers' Poll 2015 for Best Place to take Zumba and Personal Training, the center also aims to facilitate fun, whether through summer camps for kids or Zumba classes for adults, providing a warm, friendly atmosphere for health, thought, learning and values. Below are four highlights of the center's extensive programming:
The summer camps. While school is out, kids hike miles of trails, create quirky crafts, and learn to swim.
The group exercise classes. These range from core-strengthening Pilates to dance-inspired Zumba classes.
The PJ Library program. Open to kids ages six months to eight years, this program mails youngsters and their parents a monthly array of age-appropriate Jewish literature and music.
The Beckerman Lecture Series. Running April-June
Equipment: Squat rack, treadmill, boxing ring, mats, dumbbells, Turf field, TRX
Students should bring: Water and sneakers to wear in the ring or on the mats
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Be patient and trust our coaches to challenge you.