In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months old–12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents magazine.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across more than 20 states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Whether its kids bounding through tumbling classes or adults enrolling in the Krav Maga self defense or Krav ground, K2 Martial Arts Academy is designed for students of any age or experience level. Whippersnappers are young as three years have a variety of courses to choose from, whether staying active during the summer with engaging camps or developing physical and mental strength during tae kwon do lessons. On the other hand, adults can take advantage of an equally diverse selection of classes, such as kickboxing sessions that get hearts pumping or Krav Maga courses that teach intense self-defense skills as opposed to less strenuous shelf-defense skills.
Springfield residents have been bringing their towels and tennis racquets to Springfield Swimming and Racquet Club since 1955. The club, which was significantly revamped in 1992, now boasts four regulation-size tennis courts and three outdoor pools, including a kid's pool and a 25-meter pool with six lanes, two diving boards, and one friendly beluga whale. The center's swim team, the Springfield Tigersharks, coordinates youth swim meets and fitness classes. The club complements its activities with amenities such as a bath house and a shaded pavilion with picnic tables and grills.
A 13,000-square-foot floor filled with more than 50 interconnected trampolines and a cushy foam pit springs guests skyward at Flight Trampoline Park. Launching decks set at different heights let sky grazers get more air by plummeting onto the trampolines, and angled trampolines set against the wall facilitate wall-climbing stunts. The park serves as the bouncy venue for games of dodgeball throughout the week, and on Friday and Saturday nights, the lights dim and lasers fill the air during Club Flight sessions.