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.
Voted the valley’s Best Martial Arts Studio by Lehigh Valley magazine and The Morning Call, and led by a pair of skilled sensei and an experienced staff of instructors, Leading Edge’s fitness and martial-arts classes adopt techniques from various combat styles to cultivate toned muscles and self-defense techniques. Students of all ages and abilities can toss excess calories into the dragon's fire in fitness classes that encourage participants to punch through perceived fitness limitations at their own pace. LEMA Kardio Kickbox classes eschew strict martial-arts training for a range of aerobic fitness techniques, and half-hour Cage Fitness workouts adhere to the five-minute-round format used in championship MMA matches. Cage Fitness classes never involve contact or partner training, so students can save their fighting skills for trips to the DMV and late-night walks home through kung-fu-movie sets. Noncompetitive martial-arts classes for adults and children provide an overview of strikes, holds, locks, and throws designed to manipulate opponents and expose their animal spirits as runts of the ephemeral litter.
Roey Ebert’s artwork has been splayed across school and store walls in the form of children’s murals as well as plastered on children’s books she’s both authored and illustrated. But where’s Roey? She can be found hosting paintbox parties, where friends explore the creative process in a supportive environment. Birthday parties, wedding showers, or hordes of creative-minded kids hunker down at Roey’s long tables to hone brushstrokes and play with color. Roey encourages students to follow their own instincts, even if means straying away from the image the group may be working on. Roey’s Paintbox Parties can also include personalized trinkets and party favors, such as mini-canvases, mini-easels, and mini-Screaming Norwegians.
No men, no makeup, no mirrors. It’s a pretty stringent philosophy, but it’s one that’s helped members of the Curves community since 1992. Part fitness center, part support group, Curves is a women’s only club that takes a streamlined approach to health, fitness, and weight loss. Full-body, 30-minute workouts combine strength training, cardiovascular exercises, and stretching into calorie-torching sessions, enhanced further by the Curves Complete Program. The program, available at an extra fee, supplements efforts at the gym with personalized meal plans and weekly one-on-one meetings with a certified Curves coach. Outside the facility, members and non-members alike can purchase a variety of Curves products, from workout apparel and accessories to the protein powders and vitamins used to build strength or distract people from all of the caterpillars in your medicine cabinet.
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.