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.
Starting in 1998 in the Philadelphia suburbs, the women behind Art of Exotic Dancing have strutted and hip-rolled their way to the forefront of a surge of interest in fun, sensual movement. Dedicated to fostering a comfortable space where all participants feel safe, the certified instructors proffer encouragement and reassurance as they teach dances that emphasize self-expression, personal power, and natural movement. Women learn to dance to a full song during the 90-minute CoreMoves class, while the Signature Workshop fortifies confidence via flirtatious techniques such as sensual walking and slow-motion winking.
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.
Two former Air Force officers with a passion for teaching children put their minds together to create Bricks 4 Kidz. The lab integrates scientific play with LEGO projects that vary by week. Depending on the week's theme, kids might build and program a satellite, model the Empire State Building, or create an alligator whose mouth snaps shut any time mom tries to feed it peas. Each project combines the fundamental principles of science, architecture, technology, and engineering, thereby supplementing what children learn during the school day. When children complete their project, they transition to free play, tapping into their imaginations or imaginary friends to built whatever they want.
Designed by renowned course architect Geoffrey Cornish, Center Valley Club's verdant pastures embrace two distinct nine-hole terrains. The Scottish-links-style front nine incorporates hidden mounds, lakes, and undulating greens ideal for concealing surplus goose eggs. Duffers then march toward the championship-style back nine, populated by woodland, lakes, and sand traps masquerading as restful turf-side beaches. Golfers can also practice on Center Valley's Club's driving range before embarking on orb-pummeling odysseys, choosing from five levels of yardage based on skill level and distance covered by “fore” yodels.
There's no shortage of martial-arts disciplines to be mastered at Lehigh Valley Martial Arts. Students can opt to take kung fu, karate, tai chi, or qi gong, depending on the location they attend. Expert instructors promote a motivating and inviting atmosphere by helping participants of all experience levels improve or learn new skills.