As the top affiliate of the New York Islanders, the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers continue their tear through the 2010-2011 season and their quest for the Atlantic Division crown with a pair of upcoming home game. With the first game, ice enthusiasts can cool their heels with kith and kin and watch team points leader Rhett Rakhshani go toe-to-toe with Springfield’s top-scoring Matt Calvert in the battle for center ice. In the second game, catch goalie Kevin Poulin and his ability to send pucks into the 8th dimension as he tries to stop sneaky Portland winger Mark Mancari. Aside from the hard-hitting ice action, Sound Tiger fanatic families can catch the zany antics of Storm, Bridgeport Sound’s lovable blue tiger mascot.
At Peak Fitness, Cybex and Life Fitness strength-training machines mingle with Hammer Strength machines and free weights. An indoor rock-climbing wall protects climbers from the elements, and a cycling room corrals LeMond stationary bikes for classes. On the cardio floor, treadmills, elliptical machines, stair climbers, and bikes gather like gazelles around a “No Alligator” swimming zone. Peak also supports recreational sports, with an indoor basketball half court, a volleyball court, and tanning beds for minor-league tanning. Personal trainers and fitness coaches guide clients throughout their fitness journeys with tailored one-on-one instruction, as well as fitness classes and Zumba classes that mix music and exercise to simultaneously strengthen lower-body muscles. In the spa, staffers relax sore and fatigued bodies with massage services, waxing, and facials. Additionally, the studio's babysitting service keeps children aged 3–11 preoccupied while parents hone the mental muscles needed for their offspring's future groundings.
"That camp changed how I felt about basketball and my future. It was the turning point in my life." That's how Michael Jordan summed up his experience at Five-Star Basketball, the premier hoops camp founded by Howard Garfinkel and Will Klein in 1966. In addition to Jordan, the alumni list is studded with stars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and coaches such as Chuck Daly. In total, more than 500 NBA players have come to Five-Star to refine their basketball talent.
Today, Five-Star continues its tradition of elite basketball training for future college and professional basketball players. Open to boys and girls aged 10?18, the camp's coaches teach young players the importance of possessing basketball fundamentals, being in shape, and having a strong head on their shoulders. Players have many opportunities to show off their skills, such as demonstrating a finely tuned crossover dribble during Five-Star's highly competitive pickup games or eating the most orange slices at lunchtime.
Relaxing and working out don't usually go hand-in-hand, but things aren't usual at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers. As soon as visitors set foot in the Mind Body Studio, they're set at ease by a modern lounge area, which boasts sleek bamboo floors, exposed brick walls, and sprigs of verdant plants. Inside the workout space, classes such as yoga and the barre method emphasize the mind-body connection. The Nalini Method classes also push students toward inner harmony with a combination of Pilates, aerobics, barre work, and yoga, helping students de-stress while toning limbs and burning calories without ever tossing any cheesecakes into open flames.
Since its founding nearly a century ago, the Stamford Jewish Community Center (JCC) has served as a focal point for the local Jewish community and a welcoming educational and fitness center for visitors of all faiths and backgrounds. Here, kids can play in early childhood classes, or learn to swim with youth aquatics lessons in the indoor pool. Forge new friendships with teammates in the JCC's adults softball and basketball leagues, or fill your brain with new knowledge during the center's frequent film festivals and cultural events.
Winners of back-to-back conference championships, the Yale men's hockey team earned NCAA tournament appearances during the past two seasons, and is off to one of its best ever starts this season that includes a No. 1 national ranking. Rattle the bleachers with feet twitching in excitement as coach Keith Allain leads a Bulldogs charge against the Holy Cross Crusaders on January 2. Alternately, marvel at the scoring prowess of senior forwards Broc Little and Chris Cahill as they take on the Colgate Crusaders in the season's penultimate game on February 25. Whichever game is attended, fans will leave the rink with their heads buzzing and dreams filled with fleets of obedient zambonis.