Arthur Murray's panel of experienced dance teachers—many of whom also have backgrounds in music and theater—instruct students in the ways of balance and coordinated rhythmic motion. The studio offers a bounty of 24 different dance styles; stick to a stately waltz, spicy up life with a rumba, or impress your business partners at the next shareholders meeting with a few swing steps in your personal repertoire. The light-tripping tutelage starts with some one-on-one (or one-on-two) time with a personal Fred or Ginger before dancers try out new techniques with a slew of partners at group lessons. Lessons can cater to experienced dancers hoping to brush up on certain techniques, or new students with two left feet for feet and two right feet for hands. This flash-dance intro package is also perfect for betrothed pairs prepping for the big wedding dance or fledgling fitness-seekers looking for a fun new way to get shipshape.
Healthtrax provides its guests with salutary services and frame-forming fitness amenities. Topping out at four people and available Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, Pilates reformer classes create a personalized-training experience by providing a high level of attention from fitness experts. Developed by trainer and gymnast Joseph Pilates, the strength-boosting Pilates reformer machine uses springs to provide a variable amount of resistance that reduces stress on tendons, ligaments, and human marionette strings. Adjustable straps help to properly position arms and legs, while the curved head and shoulder support aids in stabilizing the body and refining breathing patterns. The muscle-toning machine also allows users to exercise while standing, sitting, kneeling, lying down, or sleepwalking and can be adjusted for a variety of drills. Like squeezing the body through a noodle maker, the state-of-the-art Pilates equipment makes muscles longer and leaner. Visitors can also refresh after a sweat-inducing session in the facility's renovated locker rooms, pool, and steamy sauna, while women can enjoy a quiet stretch in a private workout area.
At the turn of the 20th century, bowling alleys routinely locked their doors for the summer, forcing bowlers to brainstorm alternatives. And so, in the early 1900s, a group of bowlers decided to tweak their pastime to accommodate off-season play, shrinking both bowling balls and pins. Modified rules allowed bowlers to roll their scaled-down balls three times per turn. And upon impact, the lighter-weight balls caused pint-size pins to skitter like a flock of ducks. Thus, duckpin bowling was born.
The accessible sport spread throughout the world and, near the peak of its popularity, found a home at Johnson's Duckpin Lanes in 1955. After undergoing renovations in 2009, the alley's synthetic lanes continue to delight duckpin bowlers all year long. The alley also entertains guests with an arcade, onsite snack bar, as well as personalized birthday parties, which unfold on weekdays and during weekend sessions of Glo & Bowl.
Tuff Girl’s boot-camp workouts mold mealy muscles into fit physiques through high-intensity exercises that increase endurance and build strength. In the company of an encouraging community of women, fitness fiends will sweat, lift weights, power slide, and jump across pits of snapping crocodiles. Boot camp summons the powers of interval training to banish predictability, and varied workouts create optimal energy use by switching between exercises designed to keep muscles as confused as an American renting a car in London.
The expert climbing instructors at CT Rock Gym guide cliff-scalers through the ins and outs of rock climbing and belaying during a 90-minute On Belay! class. Teachers introduce students to climbing equipment, movements and techniques, and the basics of belaying, which involves clambering up overhangs while tethered via rope to a partner. Two automatic belay machines help solo climbers achieve the heights of dynamic duos, and the staff ensures safety by checking each person prior to their belaying foray and leading everyone through typhoon disaster drills. A two-week membership allows patrons to develop their climbing prowess by exploring a bouldering area, which includes a cave, and shimmying up artfully designed rope paths that rotate every 2.5 months—the time it takes to hatch a rhinoceros.
Rebecca Smith DeFelice's fitness philosophy embodies two extremes. On one hand, the former Army instructor doesn't shy from intense, interval-based training in her boot camp workouts. However, her training background in dance and yoga—a discipline she discovered while rehabbing a dance injury—emphasizes meditative, calming movement. Rebecca does not view these workout methods as mutually exclusive. Her breadth of knowledge and experience drives Woodbridge Body Works, where she and several other instructors lead classes for all skill and fitness levels.
Their curriculum covers a range of yoga disciplines, from basic posing to flowing sequences of more vigorous postures. There are also yoga offshoots such as Core & Breath, a restorative class featuring hands-on adjustments and breath work. Boot camps rely on bodyweight exercises rather than barbells or machinery to strengthen the entire physique. Rebecca also breaks her boot camps down into 15-minute "Melt Down" sessions on weekdays to accommodate working clients who have short lunch breaks or long bathroom breaks.