Pioneer Valley Fencing Academy schools swordspersons of all levels in modern Olympic fencing styles, including foil, épée, and saber, as well as historical combat practices such as rapier. During this eight-week course, coaches certified by the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association introduce beginners to the graceful art of stabbing—covering basic footwork, sword tactics, fencing vocabulary, and proper pantomime horse-riding techniques. An adults-only class on Mondays accommodates students ages 18 and up, and Friday sessions welcome sword fighters ages 11 and up.
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 600 calories with each go-round.
Equipment: Dumbbells, sandbags, TRX, chin up bars, medicine balls
Students should bring: Water bottle, towel, mat, and a friend
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
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Previously known as Mama Nirvana, Nirvana Yoga brims with daily classes for all skill levels, including open yoga, power Vinyasa, and calming basic sessions ideal for brand-new yogis. In the recently remodeled Easthampton studio, owner Ruth Anne Lundeberg draws on her background as a dancer, devoted student of Theravada Buddhism, and yoga practitioner with three decades of experience under her belt to helm a staff of seasoned instructors. The staff imparts yogic skills with a focus on safety that earned the studio the Best Place for Yoga title in the _Valley Advocate_?s 2013 readers' poll.