Though the staff at Super Kickers focuses on teaching children the basics of soccer, their efforts don't end with sports instruction. In addition to leading youth in soccer-focused activities in the seasonal indoor and outdoor sessions of their youth soccer program, they also conduct an after-school club that merges physical activity with music and arts. And as an after-school program alternative, the staff also helms a series of Flex Pass programs spanning music and crafts. Children might make art using paints, marshmallows, and shaving cream, learn to sight-read and play the piano, join in yoga-centric imagination games, or practice keeping rhythm and melody with singing, tambourines, and egg shakers. Additionally, during summer and holiday camps, coaches and teachers lead children in indoor or outdoor soccer games, as well as other seasonal activities such as music and dance, yoga, crafts, martial arts, and bounce house time.
After losing their mother to cancer, sisters Crystal and Aphrodite Varellas decided to turn their loss into something positive. Thus began TOPshape Health & Fitness, a boutique fitness center offering group classes, a training area, and nutritional cleansing, guided by the principle that good health and fitness should be a top priority for everyone.
At this intimate gym, clients can dance away calories and stress in a Zumba class, try suspension training in a TRX Body Blast session, or burn fat and build muscle in an Insanity class, designed to tone the body through muscle confusion. Their packed schedule also features bootcamp sessions, hip hop cardio, and intensive Fitbody Kinex classes that fuse interval training and strength training.
The martial art of taekwondo, a highlight of the Olympics since the year 2000, isn't just about flashy roundhouse kicks. Known by some as "the way of the foot and the hand," it combines combat and self-defense strategies with potent physical and disciplinary exercises that develop the strength necessary to kick through bricks, and the stamina needed to carefully piece them back together again. Fancy footwork is the forte of Blackbelt Taekwondo Center's head instructor, who in addition to his martial arts mastery has also taught dance since 1987. In classes geared for ages 4 and up, he instills students with confidence and energy to climb the belt ladder from white to black as they perfect taekwondo's physical buffet of rapid attacks.
At Simply Fit Astoria, exercisers move toward their health and fitness goals while surrounded by friends, supportive strangers, and trainers dedicated to helping them succeed. Here, classes?such as Zumba, Piloxing, and Spin?are as fun as they are challenging, often incorporating everything from Latin dance moves to colored strobe lights, or props such as exercise balls and weighted maracas. And, for gym goers looking to one-on-one attention, personal trainers are also on hand to lead individual or small group sessions that provide students with the extra help and encouragement they need.
At Sweat Fitness NYC, students don’t just sweat from exertion—some of that perspiration might comes courtesy of the center’s heated studio. During the signature Hot Power Fusion courses, instructors crank up the heat for a class that fuses Pilates moves and yoga poses. The studio hosts room-temperature classes as well; pole-dance classes teach sultry spins and lifts, and Zumba sessions get feet moving with simple Latin dance moves. Regardless of the class, the supportive instructors regularly switch up their routines, preventing workout boredom without hanging really cool mobiles from the classroom ceiling.
The instructors at Curves Studio lead fitness classes designed to disguise workouts with fun. They lead Latin-dance-based Zumba classes to upbeat music along with Be Moved sessions. They also offer yoga and Pilates classes for more traditional muscle-building workouts.