Since 2000, the experienced climbers at Boulders Sport Climbing Center have been helping visitors ascend not just walls, but also toward their goals. Each and every new climber undergoes the orientation and belay training, during which they get accustomed to the facility, the equipment, and chanting the mantra, "Don't Look Down." After that, they can try their hands and feet on the 40-foot walls, lead wall, free-standing boulder, or 30-foot rappel tower.
The steady hum of sewing machines emanates throughout Mrs. Taylor’s Sewing School, where students as young as six patch together skills in the craft. Throughout the week, the school’s flexible curriculum addresses different age-appropriate topics. Some adult classes, for instance, focus on the basics for beginners, and others have students stitch entire outfits from top to bottom.
Although children and teens are welcome to participate in adult sessions, the school makes sure to offer classes geared toward youthful interests. Kids can practice fundamental techniques while crafting pillowcases, and teens can do the same while assembling summer dresses to wear at parties or masks to wear when out in public with an embarrassing parent.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
On a mission to help children grow socially and emotionally while physically developing through fun exercise, Kidsport starts young ones on an early path toward healthy, active lifestyles. Choose from any one of the center's summer programs, including swimming ($80 for single session; $75 each for two or three sessions; $70 each for four or more sessions), girls’ gymnastics (once a week, $61; twice a week, $112), or Isshinryu karate (up to twice a week, $50), teaching real-world self-defense against bizarro-world evil twins. Kidsport also offers adult classes in Zumba fitness ($5/class), dance ($115/camp), yoga, and karate; check the online calendar for an idea of every program's class times.
Helmed by two fitness gurus, Georgetown Ultimate Boot Camp whips bodies of all sizes and abilities into peak physical shape. For four heart-pumping weeks, the fitness fanatics put campers through high-intensity interval training that helps melt away flab, speed up sluggish metabolisms, tone muscles, and boost flexibility ahead of Olympic-level Twister matches against Dutch pretzel opponents. A free, detailed nutrition guide helps bodies permanently lose excess inches rather than just stashing them under the bed.