Leading Edge's no-contract fitness classes allow burgeoning buff bods to attack workout goals at their own speeds. Stir up cardio and intimidate local punching bags in the kickboxing classes, which teach various basic punching and kicking techniques in an intense aerobic workout, or galvanize a gladiatorial career thanks to the power pump kickboxing course, which adds a weighted bar to tone muscles and build strength.
Since 1979, the staff of 24-7 Fitness Clubs has made it their mission to obliterate any barriers keeping their members from working out. Each club is open 24 hours a day year-round, with free childcare available during specific times of day. That commitment to availability helps even the busiest people find time to hop on Nautilus and Cybex strength-training circuits, StairMasters, and other equipment. Group fitness classes get students sweating as they execute punches in Turbo Kick cardio-kickboxing sessions or dance to Zumba's Latin-inspired workouts. Full-body boot-camp workouts are also available, mixing in calisthenics, strength training, and agility drills to continuously challenge bodies. All of the clubs’ personal trainers hold bachelor's degrees in health-related fields and have national certifications from accredited organizations, unlike less qualified trainers certified by arcade arm-wrestling machines.
After their workouts, members can unwind in the whirlpool, sauna, or steam rooms, then drop off their free rental towels for cleaning. For sports lovers, the Allentown location also boasts basketball, volleyball, squash, and badminton courts, as well as 11 outdoor and 8 indoor tennis courts.
It's said that music builds neurological pathways in the brain like no other experience. The co-owners of Sing N Move, Miss April and Miss Lena, facilitate this firsthand every day during their Kindermusik classes, which help boost brain function through musical exploration.
Kids not only stretch their creative muscles, but also their actual muscles—the classes challenge fine motor skills by encouraging tots to play instruments and bop along to the beat. Miss April and Miss Lena have even taken their own children to Kindermusik classes and have seen them blossom there, which is why they opened their studio in the first place.
Skilled cake decorators and sugar manipulators lead classes at Mother of Cakes, teaching at-home bakers how to create lavish desserts for special occasions. The hands-on sessions range in subject matter, from cake fundamentals for beginners to advanced courses that teach budding artists how to mold edible shoes or master “vinism,” the art of draping cake in frosting vines lifelike enough to attract Tarzan to your birthday party.
Sleek hardwood and smooth brick floors are the stomping grounds of dozens of colorful yoga mats inside Lehigh Valley Yoga’s studios. Experienced teachers take the helm in each room as they guide students through poses during Ashtanga, Vinyasa, hot, prenatal, and kids' yoga classes. Students and firemen also congregate inside one of the studios for muscle-forming pole-fitness classes.
The staff of Twin Ponds heads up a series of integrated wellness programs that boost patrons' holistic health with counseling, yoga, and other fitness services. During the center's yoga classes, students work to strengthen the bond between their bodies and minds, posing through one-hour sessions that meet seven days a week. Laughing yoga implores pent-up giggles to emerge during sessions that boost both endorphins and the self-esteem of struggling standup comics in attendance. Fundamentals of Yoga and Beginners Yoga stress foundations of the practice, including core strength, flexibility, alignment, and rhythmic breathing.