At Murray Hill Health & Racquet Club, the mission is simple: Look and feel better. The route you take in getting there, though, is completely up to you. Since 1972, the club has offered guests and members a varied selection of fitness opportunities. Today, it features cardio machines equipped with individual TVs, strength-training gear, and more than 50 large-group classes. And the trainers provide sports-specific training with year-round golf and tennis programs. For added convenience, the club also hosts childcare services, which means parents don't need to find a babysitter.
In hands-on workshops and classes, skilled seamstresses teach students both the fundamentals of sewing and the art of turning yarn and fabric into fashion. Kid-friendly classes include six-week workshops, during which pint-size clothiers roll up their sleeves and learn to handle sewing machines, read patterns, and troubleshoot wardrobe malfunctions. During the Beginner Sewing/Pattern-Making class, teachers assign increasingly difficult projects, from stitching pajama bottoms to tailoring a snow hat, which students take home to augment their wardrobes. In the Fashion Illustration class, style-minded teachers unpack a thorough introduction to the industry, from a history of fashion to tips on building a portfolio to learning how to construct final designs while walking in platform stilettos. Recently added adult classes tailor lessons to novices in a six-week semester of evening sessions.
Bikram Yoga Princeton's intensely heated practice space enfolds students in 105-degree air made velvet by humidity as high as 40%, urging muscles to relax and stretch further during athletic Bikram sessions. Instructors attentively lead students of all ages and fitness levels through two breathing exercises and 26 poses, using standing twists and seated stretches to methodically shepherd oxygen-rich circulation throughout bodies. The physical exertion, combined with infrared heat, encourages detoxifying perspiration, purging students’ bodies of dangerous toxins to make room for the more enjoyable toxins that accompany the weekend. Throughout class, teachers demonstrate proper form, fine-tune their instruction with verbal cues, and suggest pose modifications with hands-on adjustments. After practice, the studio's shower and changing facilities allow men, women, and sentient claymation figures to regain their composure.
Let's Play in Italian exposes kids, young adults, and adults to the culture and language of Italy through engaging programs that range from preschool activities to conversational Italian classes. Tykes up to 8 years old sing songs, tell stories, play games, and put on puppet shows and craft fairs during afterschool programs and Mommy & Me workshops, absorbing Italian vocabulary during their formative years before gray matter turns angsty and taciturn. Parents and kids alike can expand their linguistic repertoire with colorful books, CDs, and DVDs from an online bookstore.