Underwhelmed by half-hour circuit centers and unfriendly vibes in other health clubs, On the Go Fitness owners Jay Fields and James Remien set out to create a state-of-the-art fitness facility where people of any age or physical ability wouldn’t feel intimidated. Customers get a well-rounded workout courtesy of strength-training, cardiovascular, and flexibility-conditioning options, whereas group classes that range from cycling and Pilates to Core Barre and Butt & Gut challenge advanced athletes and beginners alike. Meanwhile, the Kids Fitness program combines fun activities with exercise routines, fighting the lethargy that comes from eating deep-fried video games after playing them.
A team of friendly gurus runs each club. Fitness buffs of all buffness levels feel welcome in the fun and accommodating atmosphere at Washington Sports Clubs. During your two weeks, you get access to all the professional equipment, group exercise classes, locker rooms, and facility amenities offered (some group exercise classes require a reservation). Different clubs have on-site features such as pools, Pilates and yoga, babysitting services for a tag-along papoose, electricity, and more. Search for the club that suits your checklist here.
A ringleader at Venice California’s Muscle Beach, Joe Gold founded World Gym in 1976, creating what would become an iconic spot for Hollywood’s brawniest bunch, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno. Today, that gym is a worldwide franchise spanning more than a dozen countries. World Gym in Ronkonkoma comes with all the perks clients have come to expect from the franchise, including a free-weight room stacked with dumbbells, barbells, and plenty of plates. Cardio addicts can head to one of several group classes, such as spotlight cycle, which utilizes stationary bikes for heart-racing, indoor exercise. After a workout, exercisers can grab a towel and a snack or re-energize with a drink from the juice bar.
As a former architect, Amba Yoga director Lesa Kingsbury has a deep appreciation for form and function, elements that she incorporates into her yoga practice. Registered through the Yoga Alliance, Lesa draws on 14 years of experience to helm a team of seasoned instructors that promotes freedom of movement, mind, and spirit. Within temperate rooms kept at around 70 degrees, instructors lead Hatha yoga classes centered on alignment, form, and fluid motion as well as Vinyasa classes. The studio’s restorative offerings include yoga therapy, massage, and meditation techniques
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes opened The Little Gym based on his new take on physical education. His curriculum emphasized motivating children to achieve instead of pressuring them to win. As a result, The Little Gym became a noncompetitive, positive, nurturing environment where young ones could develop physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually. Since then, Little Gyms have sprouted up across the country.
Diane Garetano's school—whose curriculum covers piano as well as other instruments—was an immediate success in the first year. She was renting space to accommodate her ever-expanding student body and the pianos that kept sprouting extra keys. Today, The Piano Studio for Kids imparts instrument skills at two locations. The school also has evolved in terms of technique, with instructors now incorporating even more methods built on fun, structure, and positive reinforcement. Once a year, students may elect to show off the fruits of these labors, with admission free of charge at a recital culminating in certificates, gift bags, and applause.