The YMCA of Long Island is committed to promoting three focus areas: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. In fact, it's easy to see how everything the organization does contributes to at least one of those goals. The on-site child care, the day camps, and the youth sports programs help kids learn teamwork, discipline, and other skills. The cardio fitness centers, weight rooms, and group exercise classes keep members in shape. And finally, the counseling services, financial assistance, and volunteer opportunities prove the centers are more than just a place to play sports or go for a swim. All of these programs and services are available at the five Long Island locations, which together spell out the letter "Y" on a map if you squint really hard and believe.
During Group and Cuddles and Strokes swim sessions, the aqua aces at Saf-T-Swim equip bipeds with the skills and safety techniques necessary for conquering liquid-filled lands. Group classes sport student/instructor ratios as small as four to one, giving each floater more personalized attention as he or she learns to glide through the water more gracefully than a troupe of manatee ballerinas. Buyers can purchase multiple Groupons to allow families and friends to gain aqueous footing in the same welcoming environment among their peers and other swim scholars.
World Gym maintains its 35-year legacy of body-sculpting know-how at its various globe-spanning locations, jump-starting workout routines with cardio equipment, free weights, and more than 50 weekly exercise classes. Taught by certified trainers, typical classes range from yoga to spin to calorie-torching Zumba dance parties. At most locations, after working out, exercisers can relax in saunas that vaporize stress with misty heat, or submit their backs to certified massage therapist. Many of the gyms cater to families, too, with colorful childcare centers that keep youngsters entertained and supervised during parental workouts.
JCC stands for Jewish Community Center, but religion isn't the sole focus at the JCC of Greater New Haven. The center also aims to facilitate fun, whether through summer camps for kids or Zumba classes for adults. Below are four highlights of the center's extensive programming:
The summer camps. While school is out, kids hike miles of trails, create quirky crafts, and learn to swim.
The group exercise classes. These range from core-strengthening Pilates to dance-inspired Zumba classes.
The PJ Libray program. Open to kids ages six months to eight years, this program mails youngsters and their parents a monthly array of age-appropriate Jewish literature and music.
The Arts and Culture festival. This annual celebration highlights Yiddish and Israeli work in fields ranging from literature to classical music.
World Gym maintains its 35-year legacy of body-sculpting know-how at its various globe-spanning locations, jump-starting workout routines with cardio equipment, free weights, and more than 50 weekly exercise classes. Taught by certified trainers, classes at this 34,000 square foot facility include yoga, spin, and Zumba to name a few. After running, jumping, lifting, or stretching, exercisers can retire to saunas that vaporize stress with misty heat. A colorful, carpeted childcare center entertains youngsters as parents submit backs to certified massage therapists who wrestle tension out of muscles, and plenty of on-site parking is available.
The pulsing waves of the Atlantic Ocean rock boards, lulling riders into a state of reverie as salt-tinged air tousles their hair. Long Island natives and former lifeguards Johana and Billy fell in love with this sun-soaked state of meditation and now share it with others through tours, lessons, and rentals at Fire Island Kite & SUP. With origins in ancient Hawaii, standup paddleboarding offers a laid-back alternative to walking on water. Visitors skim over shallows teeming with fish, keeping eyes peeled for wildlife while slipping past towns such as Robbins Rest and Fair Harbor.
Kiteboarding, on the other hand, has its roots solidly in modern times and sates the cravings of adrenaline junkies. The sport blends the speed of windsurfing, the sweeping turns of snowboarding, and the gentle spray of being on Shamu's debate team. Under the eye of a certified instructor, gusts of wind fill sails and propel kiteboarders across the waters near East Island.