At Box and Lift, Harly and Brian combine boxing and weightlifting to equip clients with both strength training and boxing acumen. Harly’s strength-training program enables clients to tone their muscles with exercises that train the body and mind. Brian, who helms the boxing program, arms students with real boxing skills combined with a great cardio workout to help burn calories.
Clad in fatigues and soaking in sweat, the denizens of Pure Power Boot Camp lift logs, climb walls, and navigate obstacle courses. If it sounds like military boot camp, that's no accident; each of the drill instructors are current or former military members. Presided over by Lauren Brenner?who became a personal trainer at 16 before playing Division I tennis and working as a trainer for the Syracuse men's basketball team?each instructor leads a platoon that trains together multiple times per week. Pure Power Boot Camp's boot-camp training is ideal for adventure races like Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, or Warrior Dash as it incorporates real obstacles and situations. After their initial training, members can enroll in maintenance courses that help them keep their new bodies in shape and offer an excuse to see the climbing wall with which they fell in love.
After studying yoga and meditation in Thailand, Circuit of Change's founder Brian Delmonico was inspired to create an exercise program that could both dramatically strengthen the body and bring balance to the mind. The result is Mind Body Boot Camp, an intense workout that weaves together elements from seven different disciplines, including yoga, core training, kickboxing, and kicking cardboard boxes. This innovative mix of Eastern and Western techniques has caught the attention of the New York Times—which compared it to other boot camps as a "tamer (though hardly tame) alternative"—as well as New York magazine, which named Circuit of Change's workout the Best Zen Bootcamp in its Best of New York 2012 issue.
Mind Body boot-camp classes are held both outdoors and in Circuit of Change's 1500-square-foot studio, where white beams stretch from hardwood floors to high ceilings with track lighting. The fitness experts also teach yoga classes, the calorie-burning powers of which rival those of the boot-camp classes.
Like most good ideas, Gymboree Play and Music didn't begin in a business meeting?it began out of necessity. In 1976, Joan Barnes, a California mom, found herself frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time. Knowing that other parents were undoubtedly feeling the same frustration, she took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. She consulted experts to design a curriculum of activities to foster the development of children?s cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play. She hired a nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers. And her staff began conducting entertaining classes covering subjects ranging from music to sports to impart valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. As their children learned and socialized, parents also found benefit in meeting and befriending other moms and dads in their local area. More than 30 years later, her vision has proved to be a success: more than 712 child-centered franchises now spread over 42 countries, bringing confidence and creativity to thousands of youngsters in several continents and to one in the center of the earth.
The Gym Park hosts a variety of kids fitness classes, starting with mommy-and-me training for tots, and ramping up to classes for older kids in activities such as tumbling, gymnastics, and parkour. But don't be fooled?the gym's team of instructors also knows the value of play. Hence their open play sessions, where kids spend unstructured time on the gym's bars and tumbling equipment, trying out new moves and pretending there's lava in the floor, or, for a lower difficulty level, the ceiling. The gym's birthday parties, led by two instructors, are similarly playful, as open play sessions accompany built-in time for eating cake.