The Little Gym fosters the healthy growth of children by allowing them to progress at their own pace in a nonthreatening, nurturing environment. As wee ones from 4 months to 12 years-old tackle challenges, overcome fears, and learn to confidently express their opinions about Platonic theory, The Little Gym's original music graces their ears and supports their lessons. The month includes four classes that let tots develop through weekly, age-specific curriculum, with programs including pre-school/kindergarten gymnastics, dance, sports-skills development, and karate.
Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts a bulk-building army of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
On paper, cheerleading's rah-rah spirit doesn't vibe with martial arts' quiet, disciplined approach. But the staff members at Extreme Energy Sports and Fitness make the two activities work. Their cheerleading classes introduce students to moves, cheers, and Tony Basil lyrics, whereas kenpo karate classes—taught by 40-year veteran Master Rainey—introduce students to attacks and counterattacks. If students have leftover energy, the facility also features a fitness center.
In order to help clients fit exercise into their schedules, the instructors at Strong Body Health host boot-camp classes seven days a week. During a typical class, students can expect to bounce from one workout station to the next, completing exercises such as resistance-band pulls, box jumps, runs, jump roping, and free-weight lifts. If group settings remind you of the time you misspelled "cute" as "qute" during your elementary-school spelling bee, Strong Body Health also offers one-on-one personal-training sessions.