New Haven Fitness packs state-of-the-art cardio and resistance-training equipment, certified personal trainers, and a jellybean jar of heart-pumping classes within its window-lined walls. Love handles melt away on the Life Fitness treadmills, elliptical machines, and stationary bikes, while muscles mushroom under the direction of Hammer Strength free weights. Personal trainers sculpt unmotivated contractile tissues into apt pupils with exercises customized for body types, fitness levels, and favorite Smurfs. Morph ungainly thighs into shapely stems with the gym's kaleidoscope of fitness classes, including calorie-zapping Zumba, stress-relieving yoga, muscle-lengthening Pilates, and aggression-channeling kickboxing.
The recently relocated Breathing Room strives to create a yogic community by curating a selection of Vinyasa-based classes for students of all skill levels. Led by a dedicated staff of instructors that includes a massage therapist and a former gymnast, Mixed-Level Vinyasa sessions loosely adhere to a defined sequence of postures, each connected to the next by dynamic transitions. Attentive instructors help pupils tailor the class's difficulty by modifying too-hard poses or adding deeper stretches and 100-yard dashes. Iyengar-Inspired Vinyasa classes emphasize students' postural alignment, alternating between sustained stretches and sporadic bursts of flowing, breath-based sequences. Jazz Flow Vinyasa keeps fingers snapping by playing smooth, melodic music over the practice space's speakers. In addition, Breathing Room accommodates attendees with onsite shower facilities and complimentary yoga mats, props, and blankets for students who can recite the Bill of Rights in Esperanto.
STRONG is the new SEXY at BALANCE fitness Studio. We implement RESULTS oriented one-on-one personal training, nutritional counseling, and group fitness classes for women. We are New Haven's original "AWARD WINNING" Women Only Fitness Boot Camp and Men Only Fitness Boot Camp program.
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.
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.
Certified Level 1 CrossFit trainer Dave Duprey faces all challenges with a fierce, competitive spirit. The ex-minor-league hockey player—who holds a National Academy of Sports Medicine certification—has won several American Strongman competitions, bested the state deadlift record, and competed in the 2010 CrossFit Games.
At Self Made CrossFit, Duprey channels this devout athleticism into his coaching duties as he helps clients of all ages and abilities blast through their perceived limitations. He and his team of trainers harness CrossFit's high-intensity, constantly varied functional movements to bolster strength and endurance. To do this, they use free weights and body weight to help everyone from athletes to new moms get in shape. While there is no typical class at Self Made CrossFit, exercises may include kettlebell training, gymnastics, climbing, and lifting.
The air is charged with passion and ambition at S.U. FitNess Studio, and that’s just how the late Adrian “Santo” Nunez, the studio’s founder, intended things to be. Santo, who sadly lost his fight against muscular dystrophy in 2008, opened S.U. Studio as a place for teenagers to showcase and hone their special talents, whether dancing, singing, writing, or DJing. Today, though S.U. has shifted its focus to fitness, the instructors make sure to honor Santo’s expressive, encouraging spirit by helping locals achieve their wellness goals while having fun. Classes in Piloxing and step fusion add variety to the schedule, and lead instructor Delilah Rios heads invigorating Zumba sessions for students aged 4 and up.