Each piece of Life Fitness and Hammer Strength equipment is designed to sculpt and tighten a different part of the body. You can try them all at The Gym at Bloomfield Crossing, LLC, where members make the rounds on weight machines or burn calories on treadmills with personal TV monitors. Instructors guide groups through fitness classes such as yoga and Zumba in expansive workout rooms, and servers pour replenishing protein shakes at the juice bar.
For 25 years, instructors at Julie's Gym have been guiding kids and teens through noncompetitive curricula. Gymnastics classes and teams abound, but the school also features baby and toddler play groups, tumbling, and karate. There are even fitness classes for grownups. Private and group lessons, camps, and birthday parties at Julie's Gym blend fun, fitness, and education in a supportive environment.
Hands-on learning and playtime in JW Tumbles’ interactive classes help children explore the far reaches of their cranial caverns. Parents with toddlers younger than 3 years old can enroll in parent-participation classes such as Squeakers Class, geared toward four- to 10-month-olds, Little Maestros is a musical adventure for kids four months to five years, or Wobblers Class, where baby bodybuilders 11 to 18 months old practice tumbling and balance to increase motor skills and decrease the need for sippy-cup creatine shakes. Ages 3 and older can fly solo—parents can watch from the sidelines if they wish—during age-appropriate and highly interactive independent classes. The Stompers Class prep 3- to 4.5-year-olds for kindergarten, while Specialty Classes introduces kids from 3 to 7 years old to specific forms of fun in a non-competitive environment. Each class meets once a week, leaving plenty of time for use of the playspace passes.
At Kids U, upbeat instructors camouflage learning as playtime. They invite youngsters and parents into a kid-size gym that jump starts imagination with vibrant colors and a multitiered PlayQuad. The 17-foot playground spans 2,000 square feet of indoor space, where children explore tunnels and soar in swings. At classes, teachers inject freestyle play with structure while still allowing for creativity. The small, laid-back sessions cover subjects that range from gymnastics to cooking and building with LEGOs, all while interweaving themes such as teamwork and motor skills. The instructors pioneer similar subjects in three-hour day camps, molded around the Summer Olympics. Kids U's parties combine the fun center's two signature styles of recreation—freestyle fun in the PlayQuad and ordered activities—according to chosen themes, which, like concepts kicked around for the White House Correspondents' dinner, include Rock Star and Pajama Party.
No matter the class, Twisters Gymnastics Center's instructors always make sure to pack their lessons with a hearty dose of encouragement. They inspire students of all ages and skill levels in a 6,200-square-foot gymnasium outfitted with an array of tumbling and gymnastics equipment, from balance beams and pommel horses to colorful tumbling obstacles and a foam pit. Their introductory Mommy & Me and Mini-Gym classes help kiddies build strength and develop muscle control, and their more advanced sessions, including competitive gymnastics, nurture students' desires to test their skills against others. Each child's safety is equally important as their physical development; every instructor is certified in basic first aid and CPR, is USGF-safety certified, and is proficient in scaring away grizzly bears with nothing but a glare.
A bounty of physiological, psychological, and sociological research comes to fruition in My Gym Stamford’s kids’ fitness programs. Appropriate for children as young as 6 weeks and as old as 13 years, classes explore different genres of fitness, such as tumbling and hanging, sports and gymnastics, cardio and yoga. But the one thing they all share is the philosophy that fitness and agility should go hand in hand with social and cognitive development.
Though there are many apparatuses inside the gym, the most employed tool at New Image Gymnastics is invisible. That's because it's positive reinforcement—the trainers rely on supportive comments and cheery attitudes as the key source of their students' motivation. This approach applies whether they're coaching toddlers through a padded obstacle course or helping teenagers perfect a competitive routine. Their classes welcome 18-month- to 18-year-olds, and the fully trained staff monitors each student as he or she builds strength, balance, and self-esteem.