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.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
Starting in 1998 in the Philadelphia suburbs, the women behind Art of Exotic Dancing have strutted and hip-rolled their way to the forefront of a surge of interest in fun, sensual movement. Dedicated to fostering a comfortable space where all participants feel safe, the certified instructors proffer encouragement and reassurance as they teach dances that emphasize self-expression, personal power, and natural movement. Women learn to dance to a full song during the 90-minute CoreMoves class, while the Signature Workshop fortifies confidence via flirtatious techniques such as sensual walking and slow-motion winking.
Filindo Colace strives to be a golf coach, not just a golf instructor. He arrived at this goal not only after leading over 1,500 golf lessons, but also from his own athletic experience. As a youngster, he was an avid hockey player and enjoyed frequent practices and near-constant supervision from coaches. Thanks to this gradual, habit-forming development, he eventually became a professional roller-hockey player. Unfortunately, that same approach isn't often seen in golf, except for at the pro level. Despite wanting to get better at their beloved game, amateurs too often expect to make huge strides by visiting the range once a week, taking the occasional one-off lesson from whichever pro is available, and sprinkling fairy dust on their drivers. In fact, all they're doing is revisiting old problems or, worse, reinforcing bad habits.
Colace wants to combat this casual approach by developing a lasting coaching relationship with clients. Following swing and short-game evaluations, he sets up his instruction as a series of weekly lessons, practice sessions, and nine-hole playing lessons. By frequently observing students' play in all manner of environments, he can teach them how to shave strokes in every facet of the game and then carry their improvement out onto the course.
Frank Hesson began his career as a professional golf instructor at the age of 20, fine-tuning the swings of his students in the shadow of the McDowell Mountain Range at the prestigious Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale, Arizona. Over the past 17 years, Hesson has worked as an assistant professional at four South Jersey golf clubs before becoming head professional at Renault Winery Resort.
During lessons, Hesson follows a teaching philosophy that simplifies golf skills and tailors each lesson plan to his students needs. Frank focuses on each player's individual playing style and tendencies for passive-aggressive golf-carting to help him or her develop comfortable, dependable swing mechanics. Teaching aides include on-course lessons on an 18-hole course, as well as virtual swing analysis and club recommendations from a virtual caddie.
Equipment: Kettle bell, dumbbell, TRX, stroops, battling ropes, plyo box, body weight
Students should bring: Water towel clean shoes
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
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