There are no TVs to gaze off into. No chairs to doze off into. No mirrors for flexing or preening into. No crying home to Mama. Comfort doesn't concern the trainers at Hammer Human Performance & Sport. The trainers thrive on pushing people past their limits, not coddling lackadaisical fair-weather exercisers. Passion, desire, and willpower drive their clientele, who endure an intense, scientifically based training formula. Fused with strength and conditioning, the goal of the formula is functional fitness, not just looking buff in a tank top. It's hard, but it's rewarding and inspiring as average Joes and Janes train like professional athletes and master the balance of speed, power, and strength.
Clad in fatigues and soaking in sweat, the denizens of Pure Power Boot Camp lift logs, climb walls, and navigate obstacle courses. If it sounds like military boot camp, that's no accident; each of the drill instructors are current or former military members. Presided over by Lauren Brenner?who became a personal trainer at 16 before playing Division I tennis and working as a trainer for the Syracuse men's basketball team?each instructor leads a platoon that trains together multiple times per week. Pure Power Boot Camp's boot-camp training is ideal for adventure races like Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, or Warrior Dash as it incorporates real obstacles and situations. After their initial training, members can enroll in maintenance courses that help them keep their new bodies in shape and offer an excuse to see the climbing wall with which they fell in love.
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What was once Lil's Dancing School has now transformed into The Studio Dance & Pilates, thanks to a longtime Lil's teacher, June Coppola. Her lifelong journey with dance began at age 4, and after 23 years of teaching at Lil's, she got the chance to take it over and realize her dream of owning her own studio. Now, a multitude of experienced teachers, including a core group that has danced together for more than 25 years, lead classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary dance for dancers of all ages. Coppola has also incorporated Pilates, yoga, and Zumba into the class offerings, giving her clients a chance to both hone their dance skills and tone their bodies.