There's something for everyone at Court Yard Sportsplex, keeping families busy and active with its variety of sports facilities and classes. Tennis balls thwack against rackets during private lessons, instructional clinics, and competitive inter-club matches at the complex's 11 indoor and outdoor courts. Elsewhere, cardio and weightlifting machines whir with the effort of exercisers, and the squeak of tennis shoes echoes upon basketball and racquetball courts. Outside in the heated pool—open Memorial Day through Labor Day—younger kids splash in the shallow end during beginners swim lessons, and older kids sluice through the water while working on their strokes. For the more artistically inclined, music emanates from classrooms where a Joffrey Ballet–trained instructor orchestrates youth ballet classes, which culminate in a summer recital. Whatever activity they choose, members can soothe exerted muscles by visiting the onsite massage therapist, who calls upon nine massage modalities and essential oils infused with lullabies.
At the heart of Becoming Mom Pregnancy Spa & Imaging Center is health. When Dawn Bierschwal came upon 3D and 4D ultrasounds, she was searching for a way to help expectant parents bond even more deeply with their babies and therefore become more invested in fostering positive development. The technology that ended up becoming the cornerstone of her business allowed parents to see a high-definition image of their growing baby's face instead of just a fuzzy blob that only doctors and Rorschach specialists could understand. But then Dawn went one step further. She began tending to both the emotional and physical needs of mothers-to-be by offering prenatal massages and luxurious pedicures
While the hearts, minds, and bodies of expectant mothers may be the central focus at Becoming Mom Pregnancy Spa & Imaging Center, the spa offers an additional source of comfort—retail therapy. The Becoming Mom Boutique outfits patrons with chic maternity wear, nursing fashions, parenting essentials, and discomfort-fighting goodies such as B-Natal pops, which help ease morning sickness.
Ashley Wentzel, a former Division I soccer MVP, and Jared Alexander, an avid athlete and business-school graduate, combined their industry savvy and passion for physical health to cofound Star Fitness Solutions. As an ACSM-certified personal trainer, Wentzel works as the chief fitness offer, harnessing positive energy and exercise know-how to rally and push her students in Star's boot-camp and small-group training programs. Certified trainers also helm sports-performance and personal-training sessions, relying on more focused routines to reshape physiques based on each client's desire to first throw and then crush a basketball. By building a rapport with their trainees, the team at Star Fitness avoids the detached atmosphere of giant gyms and hopes to successfully inspire lifestyle changes for lasting wellness.
At Pure Barre, encouraging professionals advance students through low-impact movements that comprise a fun, fat-burning, full-body workout. Students perform at the ballet barre during highly focused routines that slim girth and hips and fortify abdominals and underactive imaginations. Each one-hour class alternates between low-impact strength training and stretching sessions to craft lean, robust muscles and shield joints from painful scuffing. Grab today's Groupon for yourself and get on the path to a leaner, limber-er physique, or gift it to a significant other and surprise them with a fun and exciting activity that's way better than making them up like a clown while they are sleeping.
Having amassed almost 30 years' worth of fitness expertise, Linda Mitchell doesn't believe in age as a limiting factor. The AFAA-certified personal trainer, Ms. Fitness USA competitor, and regular contributor to Ms. Fitness magazine teaches clients how to woman-handle their exercise goals regardless of their backgrounds. She founded Linda Lu Fitness as a studio where women could work out among friends and nonintimidating teachers. There, her signature sessions—which range from boot-camp classes to cardio-kickboxing rounds—tone physiques, tap into wellsprings of confidence, and ready bodies for beach season. She weaves a common thread of compassion and skill through heated yoga sessions, jogging seminars, and dance-fueled aerobics classes, encouraging guests to "embrace their age" as they bypass fitness milestones, such as pole-vaulting through a ring aflame with birthday candles.
The trainers at Wave Effect Boot Camp use their daily contact with members to instill in them new ideas about fitness and nutrition, much like tossing a stone into a pond and watching the ripples spread. They lead three boot camps a week—an approachable commitment level for even the busiest of busy folks—packed with workouts that can cause the body to continue to burn fat even after the pushups have ended. The trainers strive to cultivate a fun and motivational atmosphere while they introduce fitness challenges ranging from sprints to calisthenics, and eschew angry sea shanties in favor of peppy modern music.