Argentina?born soccer enthusiast Gustavo Szulansky opened Super Soccer Stars to provide the boroughs with a program that championed the personal development of youngsters rather than solely a skill-based focus. Since its debut in 2000, it's grown throughout the city, helping countless youngsters learn teamwork, boost confidence, and decrease arguments during home games played on the dining-room table. This rapid growth is due in part to the positive values Gustavo instilled from the first class. His coaches are carefully selected for their ability to cultivate a noncompetitive, sensitive approach to learning the game, and they dole out their knowledge in both classes and camps.
Super Soccer Star's Kick & Play program features family-friendly classes that help tots 12?24 months old develop pre-soccer skills and physical skill sets simultaneously. During classes, a team of talented and enthusiastic instructors and an athletic duo of puppet friends named Mimi and Pepe buoy budding soccer players with positive reinforcement, individual attention, and the merry clickety-clack of cleated tap dances. Designed with the help of early-childhood specialists, each age-specific class helps players build skills at their own pace with positive reinforcement, individual attention, and engaging original music.
The trainers at Pura Vida Urban Fitness are like chameleons, shifting their fitness approaches to suit different surroundings and clients. This flexibility allows them to guide students of all experience levels through personal-training sessions, nutritional coaching, and group exercise classes. Their classes range from yoga and functional-movement sessions to boot-camp and TRX workouts. Armed with certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and various yoga organizations, the team has mastered modifications for poses that allow beginners and guests with varying goals to bend and stretch at their own pace. Trainers also adjust the number of people in each course to maximize motivation—patrons can complete a six-month nutrition program alone, with a partner, or with up to 12 other people for a larger support network and a more-efficient salad-assembly line.
Under the leadership of board-certified family physician Dr. Julie Waddell, the Devenu Medical Rejuvenation Center staff aims to help clients build confidence and look their best with a full roster of medical and spa services. Botox, Restylane, and other youth-enhancing treatments help façades turn back time more effectively than coating one's face in Cher's tears. Staff members also administer massages and facials in the chic, tranquil setting.
Attending a Zumba class at Sow It Now Health and Fitness makes for not only a healthier individual, but also a healthier community. That's because owner, personal trainer, and Zumba instructor Joscelynn Baio promises a portion of the class proceeds to two local churches and People Inc., a nonprofit that offers aid to people with special needs. So while attendees sweat and sway to Latin beats, their dollars help community members and organizations thrive.
The clinicians at Cold Laser Therapy have aimed to accelerate the healing process with noninvasive laser light for more than 14 years. Cold-laser light is designed to help clients recover from torn ligaments, bone spurs, tendinitis, and lower-back pain by stimulating cellular turnover at the site of the injury, causing new cells to grow. At the same time, the laser light breaks apart the scar tissue that grows over injuries, boosting joint flexibility and reducing inflammation. Treatments won?t damage surrounding tissue and yield virtually no pain or recovery time.
The martial art of taekwondo, a highlight of the Olympics since the year 2000, isn't just about flashy roundhouse kicks. Known by some as "the way of the foot and the hand," it combines combat and self-defense strategies with potent physical and disciplinary exercises that develop the strength necessary to kick through bricks, and the stamina needed to carefully piece them back together again. Fancy footwork is the forte of Blackbelt Taekwondo Center's head instructor, who in addition to his martial arts mastery has also taught dance since 1987. In classes geared for ages 4 and up, he instills students with confidence and energy to climb the belt ladder from white to black as they perfect taekwondo's physical buffet of rapid attacks.