When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
At Bliss Body's open, airy studio, you'll find practitioners bending and stretching in a variety of yoga classes held throughout the week. During vigorous ashtanga sessions and gentler basic yoga—designed to supply beginners with a strong foundation—instructors teach the importance of wellness-prompting activities such as mindfulness, steady breathing, and not starting every morning with a warm cup of gravy. The studio also offers Pilates, a challenging, core-toning regimen that both strengthens and lengthens bodies, available in multiple levels.
Safety comes first at Martial Arts USA, where students of all levels practice tae kwon do, judo, jujitsu, and hapkido on official Olympic judo mats. The instructors are led by Grand Master Yeong C. Jeon, a 15th-dan, 25-year teaching veteran. Under Jeon's guidance, the teachers instill physical fitness, self-discipline, respect, and focus to help students of all ages overcome their mental obstacles.
Fostering Goodwill supports children who age out of the foster-care system through one-on-one mentoring and social-services assistance. Its programs include distributing household items to youth—whether for a college dorm room or their own apartments, donating baby-care items for new mothers, and providing second-chance scholarships for young adults with delinquent postsecondary accounts.
The instructors at Hung Sing Martial Arts practice a form of kung fu known as choy li fut, which blends hand-and-arm techniques, quick footwork, and nimble full-body movements. The speed of the style makes it ideal for martial-arts lessons as well as cardio workouts, enabling participants of all ages to reach personal fitness goals while learning self-defense and discipline.
Legion is like no other fitness system in the world. We use no machines, no barbells, no dumbbells. We use bodyweight and if needed, kettelebells for extra resistance. All work is done on the floor using the ultimate machine, your body, for maximum fitness, fat loss and muscle gain.