With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones and maturing moppets can exercise their brains and bodies. Visiting youngsters also glean social, intellectual, and emotional skills from the facility's professionally developed parent/child program. The program features diverse activities in gymnastics, dance, sports, and parent-child yodeling. Kids can enjoy programs in gymnastics that cater to differing ages, levels of muscle development, and hatred of vegetables. Each session's hands-on activities keep the indefatigable energy motors of little tikes revving, facilitate bonding, and boost listening skills, attention spans, and confidence. Check the complete class schedule to confirm times.
When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first Athletic Club in Buffalo in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders’ original vision, each of the Rochester locations' employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities that range of up to 30,000 square feet. In addition to personal training, instructors lead more than 400 group fitness classes—including cycling, yoga, and Zumba—offered each week across their five locations. After workouts, guests can slip into saunas and private showers; most locations also have steam rooms, and the Perinton location has a pool. Three of the RAC locations are for women only, allowing them to workout uninhibited by the company of men or asexual mermaids.
At Star Physical Therapy, rehabilitation comes by way of physical activity. The 9,000-square-foot facility couples private treatment rooms with onsite aquatherapy to treat orthopedic and neurologic conditions, as well as a 24-hour fitness facility complete with cardio machines and free weights. Here, the team of physical therapists and personal trainers work in conjunction to get clients back on their feet and into good shape.
Over her 16 years of dedication to her yoga practice, studio owner Molly Huff has gathered a deep understanding of body mechanics, a 700-hour teaching certification through the Esther Meyers Yoga Studio in Toronto, and a belief that yoga can benefit students of all shapes and sizes. Her methods, as well as those of her fellow certified instructors, are rooted in the hatha-yoga tradition. Her classes focus on grounding students in the foundational postures and breathing techniques to foster growth in their practice. Since classes are kept on the smaller side, with about 8–15 participants per session, the instructors are able to cater to students of all experience levels. This range of instruction spans from true beginners to savvier stretchers attempting full-on pretzels—literally, students roll dough into a pretzel and bake it in the oven attached to their yoga mat.
An independent arts and crafts studio, Hope in Art invites prospective Picassos in for 2.5 hours of heavy right-brain lifting in an encouraging environment with paint-your-own garden stepping stone workshops. Armed with a 12" x 12" stone and their own imaginations, amateur artists while away an afternoon or evening, accenting the bare slabs with flora-enhancing patterns or faces designed to scare off skunks. Hope in Art enables sketchers in creating professional-looking pieces with an array of patterns and designs to lay down on an almost-finished stone, as well as an experienced artist-scholar patrolling the room to dole out troubleshooting tips, demonstrate new techniques, and block errant flying milkshakes. Groupon customers should call ahead to schedule their workshop.
At Prana Yoga, students gather beneath the wings of swans, which float across the studio's wall toward the inspirational quote "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." Here, such wisdom surfaces from within as minds clear and muscles strengthen. During the signature Vinyasa flow class, the temperature rises to loosen tight muscles and oust squatting toxins. Students match deep, relaxing breaths with a series of ancient poses as teachers, such as studio cofounder Carrie Herscovici, circulate the room, lighting candles and gently adjusting bodily alignment. Drawing from her training with power-yoga superstar Baron Baptiste and Indian sage Senthil Kumar, Carrie inspires her students to surmount both physical challenges and mental unrest, strengthening the body while bringing peace to the mind. In addition to leading classes, she donates 10% of the studio's profits to charity and operates a clothing boutique that helps shoppers integrate yoga into their everyday lives and bow-tie collections.
Owners Anthony and Julie Alberti provide a compassionate workout haven for guests of all ages and exercise backgrounds at Lifetime Fitness. SilverSneakers classes help seniors strengthen bods by outfitting attendees with hand weights, balls, and chairs, which can help boost mobility. Zumba cardio courses combine simple dance moves with Latin-infused beats to melt calories and hoop dance prompts heart-healthy hip-swivels with weighted hoops. Clients heave kettlebells and bounce atop bosu balls in Body Craze classes, springing into plyometric leaps, power lifts, and tummy-tightening poses that will make muscles burn with satisfaction, like an insult uttered from the lips of a sarcastic fire swallower.