Inside the massive, well-outfitted Sportsplex, Fit Club Fairfield's team of personal trainers and fighting coaches teaches martial arts as both a method of self-defense and vigorous exercise. They train aspiring fighters in boxing, jujitsu, and muay thai, arming them with a suite of takedowns, punches, and kicks used in professional bouts. In sessions geared toward fitness, the team pits students against punching bags and focus pads as they battle off calories in pursuit of slimmer physiques, making participants more confident to don swimsuits or show their pillows who’s the boss.
Fairfield Hot Yoga’s seasoned instructors gather yogis of all skill levels for 90-minute classes to burn off calories and pent-up stress in a 90- to 105-degree practice space. The studio’s signature hot-yoga class revolves around a constant series of 26 poses students perform to sculpt muscles throughout the body. During power vinyasa, students work from pose to pose in the practice space, warming its floors with rising body temperatures as they use breathing exercises to transition from sun salutations, arm balances, and backbends. Throughout each workout, the studio’s intense heat boosts blood flow and loosens ligaments to make the body more lithe than a pipe cleaner dancing Swan Lake.
The certified personal trainers at PinPoint Fitness help individuals strive for their fitness and weight loss goals. The vast assortment of equipment helps the trainers come up with varied workout regimens. This variety helps generate results and keeps the workout from becoming stale. Trainers care about comfort as well, overseeing a workout space complete with filtered water, complimentary Keurig beverages, towel service, and cardio machines featuring built-in 32' screens and DVD players.
Black Rock Pilates Studio's attentive and certified instructors personalize the exercise experience with small-class sizes and private sessions designed to help clients maximize the benefits of each workout. Two one-hour private Pilates sessions take place in a secluded section of the studio, allowing professional body-benders to ply their trade without having to worry about overly inquisitive eyes or unprompted advice from backseat stretchers. Every level of fitness fanatic can benefit from Pilates training, which may help to increase core stability and mobility. Each program is fully customized to help clients meet their goals, and an on-site physical therapist offers consultations for trainees recovering from injuries caused by no-handed cartwheel attempts.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.