For more than a decade, campers ages 4-13 have whiled away their summers and holidays at Woodmont, but more importantly, they've made memories and friends to last a lifetime. Entertaining youngsters with sports, art, theater, music, and dance, days are packed with activities that keep kids engaged.
The folks at Team Footprintz believe there's a difference between those who play basketball and basketball players. Their goal is to create and nurture the latter group?players whose basketball IQ and court vision rival their jump shots, who value substance as much as style. Hoopers and ballers become players courtesy of the instructors, all of whom have played or coached at the high-school and college levels?and who share the belief that the fundamentals are the building blocks necessary to become a true basketball player.
In that vein, Team Footprintz offers intensive classes, camps, and personal- and group-training sessions that cover the fundamentals: ball handling, shooting, defense, and footwork. Still, each instructor brings his own personal energy to classes, informed by his experiences as a player or coach. Team Footprintz offers classes for kids as young as 6, including AAU training for high-school-aged players.
Blinking panels glow on the rank of file of cardio machines that stand like a robot army, ready to reshape humanity. Life Clubs' vast and luxurious facilities house fitness amenities such as a full-sized Pilates room with reformer machines, as well as hygienic touches such as hands-free water fountains that only respond to screaming. Light wooden lockers line the tile walls of changing rooms, which cushion feet with soft carpeting. Directly adjacent lay steam rooms that banish toxins from bodies with waves of heat.
While adults work out on the basketball court or in a group exercise class, children keep active in a kids' area with climbable indoor playsets. Once they sweat out the bad, guests restore themselves with good smoothies at a juice bar and paninis and salads at the Life Cafe.
With more than 120 classes and a plethora of programs offered each week, the YMCA bolsters bodies with invigorating and enjoyable fitness regimens throughout Manhattan. Aspiring circus strongpersons have their pick from brawn-building courses such as kettlebell for a full flexibility workout, spinning for 45 minutes of fat-burning cardio, and capoeira for winning dance-fights against hard-bargaining local street vendors.
Long Island boxing gym BCBA has been serving its surrounding area for more than a decade, but its roots lie even further in the past?on a Christmas Day long ago, when current head boxing coach Ray was a 10-year-old boy. That was the day he was given his first pair of Joe Frazier signature boxing gloves. He began training and, in the process, discovered the parallel between success in boxing and success in the real world. Both require perseverance, mental toughness, and never heckling Mike Tyson?similarities Ray today shares with his students at his volunteer-staffed boxing gym. Many of them hail from the gym's Youth Empowerment program, designed for youngsters ages 10?17; others are adults, sweating through the gym's Get Fit Not Hit program.