The health hotshots at The Fitness Haven sculpt fading physiques into hard-surfaced diamond crushers with an assortment of group workout classes hosted at a variety of times. Pugilists can swing their fists for a healthy heart in the cardio boxing class, while dance devotees aerobically rock to Zumba's Latin beats. Those seeking to improve posture, straighten body alignment, and transform their anatomy into a deadly arrow can opt for the Gravity & Grace body-sculpting class. Biggest Winner sessions provide a forum for fitness fans who want a high-intensity workout and a chance to steel locks of hair for their friendship journals. For a $2 upgrade, The Fitness Haven leads yoga buffs through the fundamentals of limb loosening during the Yoga Tune Up Flow and Form sessions, and allows them to explore deeper depths of relaxation in the Para Yoga class.
Upbeat music blares at New Haven Strength & Fitness LLC, where the instructors schedule fast-paced fitness classes such as Les Mills BodyPump, Les Mills BodyAttack, and Turbo Kick. The studio is also home to Bokwa classes, which challenge exercisers to draw letters, numbers, and M.C. Escher sketches in the air with their feet. Clients who want a slightly less intense workout can sign up for one of the Pilates-based Slim Sculpt sessions.
Colorful knobs and grips jut out from City Climb's angular white walls, guiding climbers of all experience levels along routes designed by USAC-certified setters. These vertical treks are made safe by ropes, which are looped into climbers' harnesses and held below by belayers. No harness is necessary to clamber along the curves of a bouldering cave, however—or while army crawling the entire length of the floor. Students can bring their own equipment or rent climbing shoes, harnesses, and chalk bags at the gym.
The expert climbing instructors at CT Rock Gym guide cliff-scalers through the ins and outs of rock climbing and belaying during a 90-minute On Belay! class. Teachers introduce students to climbing equipment, movements and techniques, and the basics of belaying, which involves clambering up overhangs while tethered via rope to a partner. Two automatic belay machines help solo climbers achieve the heights of dynamic duos, and the staff ensures safety by checking each person prior to their belaying foray and leading everyone through typhoon disaster drills. A two-week membership allows patrons to develop their climbing prowess by exploring a bouldering area, which includes a cave, and shimmying up artfully designed rope paths that rotate every 2.5 months—the time it takes to hatch a rhinoceros.
Atop the blue padded floors of Master Hwang's Martial Arts, adults and kids as young as four years old learn to focus their energies to execute challenging maneuvers. Leading the pack, expert instructors impart the secrets of judo, Hapkido, and tae kwon do disciplines to boost focus and tone fly-swatting muscles. The karate haven also hosts summer camps and birthday parties that strengthen juvenile bonds.
Boasting titles such as fourth-degree black belt, Brazilian champion, and three-time world bronze medalist, the experienced instructors at Team Strength BJJ share their knowledge of Brazilian jujitsu, judo, and mixed martial arts to students of all experience levels. In doing so, they meet with beginners to help build a training plan and place them in training or competition tracks. Their Intelligent Fighter Training programs promote growth by taking into account the learning style and physical ability of each pupil.