Cofounded by the legendary Hollywood dancer himself, the Fred Astaire Dance Studio hosts a team of seven veteran instructors who specialize in ballroom and Latin dances ranging from the rumba to the waltz. Students can build their cache of moves in private lessons with personalized curricula or practice with their peers in the convivial atmosphere of group classes. High-octane Zumba classes help to combust calories, imparting Latin-inspired choreography in an atmosphere that is festive but doesn’t expose students to dangerous swarms of flying champagne corks. Youngsters build their poise in dance classes that cover five different styles, ranging from ballet to hip-hop, and engaged couples prepare to glide elegantly across the dance floor at their nuptials with wedding-oriented classes.
Planet Fitness embodies a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can sculpt their physiques with myriad aerobic and strength-training options within a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Patrons may tone and strengthen muscles by pushing and pulling the extensive selection of brand-name equipment and free weights. With the help of an instructor, guests can design a custom workout program based on exercise history to help them achieve their varying fitness goals. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and full-body circuit workouts.
At The Yoga Within, compassionate studio owners and certified yoga instructors Theresa Reynolds and Karen Oien help students of all experience levels deepen their yoga practice with a four-day schedule of gentle yoga classes. Each 90-minute session takes mat mavens though 50–60 minutes' worth of healing physical postures designed to release tension along the spine. During this time, students get support from blocks and folded-up blankets. The remaining class time is spent fostering peaceful minds and taming skittish spirit horses with a short breathing practice and a period resting in yoga's relaxation pose—shavasana.
New London CrossFit is a 4,000 sq ft facility dedicated to the CrossFit methodology of training in New London Connecticut. We offer beginner to advanced level classes in functional exercise, athletic conditioning, strength training, plyometrics, kettlebell training, Olympic weightlifting, medicine ball and dumbbell train.
New England FastFit is a fitness center designed with its clients in mind—knowing that no one has time to spend hours in a gym and everyone wants tangible results, this studio does away with the gym entirely and offers intense group fitness classes. Designed to be short and extremely efficient, these instructor-led kickboxing, hot-yoga, and boot-camp classes combine cardio and strength exercises for a challenging workout in 35–60 minutes, offering nutrition counseling as well to put the final piece of the fitness puzzle in place.
A not-for-profit cooperative, A Peace of Space Yoga Co-op serves the community through wellness education and yoga. And as part of a co-op, each wellness professional aims to embody the spirit of cooperation and community outreach, while working together in a jointly-owned, democratic space. Along with regularly scheduled yoga classes such as Chair and Hatha yoga, the co-op also hosts workshops that include yoga for teens or for mother-child, as well as reiki training and drum circles.