Relaxing and working out don't usually go hand-in-hand, but things aren't usual at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers. As soon as visitors set foot in the Mind Body Studio, they're set at ease by a modern lounge area, which boasts sleek bamboo floors, exposed brick walls, and sprigs of verdant plants. Inside the workout space, classes such as yoga and the barre method emphasize the mind-body connection. The Nalini Method classes also push students toward inner harmony with a combination of Pilates, aerobics, barre work, and yoga, helping students de-stress while toning limbs and burning calories without ever tossing any cheesecakes into open flames.
Since its founding nearly a century ago, the Stamford Jewish Community Center (JCC) has served as a focal point for the local Jewish community and a welcoming educational and fitness center for visitors of all faiths and backgrounds. Here, kids can play in early childhood classes, or learn to swim with youth aquatics lessons in the indoor pool. Forge new friendships with teammates in the JCC's adults softball and basketball leagues, or fill your brain with new knowledge during the center's frequent film festivals and cultural events.
The Rocky Ledge Swimming Association provides a tranquil place to swim, play outdoors, and bond with friends for member families. Set in an 8-acre wooded site, the 343,000-gallon pool ranges from 3 to 12 feet with open space, laps, and two slides. Children and teens ages 5?17 can aquatically spar by joining the association's swim team. After a frolicking in the water, families can play basketball, volleyball, or horseshoes at outdoor courts or set up lunch at the picnic tables. The club also sponsors crafts and Bingo along with parties for kids and adults with live music and swimming under the stars. On weekends, the association offers ping pong tournaments, water balloon toss, and t-shirt tie-dying, and for an additional fee pre-teen parties, scavenger hunts, lobster bake, and an adult splash party with live music.
At CrossFit Valkyrie, coaches guide exercisers through functional-fitness workouts that help clients better perform everyday tasks. Their program melds exercise with proper nutrition and commitment, which together can spur individuals of all fitness levels to get in the best shape of their lives.
The exercise part of the equation involves an ever-changing roster of movements, which staves off boredom and keeps muscles from spasming just to entertain themselves. Each Workout of the Day relies on everything from weightlifting and kettlebell movements to gymnastics and cardio exercises to tone muscles and whittle waistlines.
Deer Park Community Center runs on the belief that children should remain active and use their imaginations. So, the facility organizes a full slate of athletic and cultural programs as an alternative to other popular forms of entertainment, such as playing video games and trying to sell annoying siblings on eBay. The DPCC offers activities that satisfy a wide range of interests. Youngsters can spark up competition with games of volleyball, basketball, and dodgeball, or get their creative juices flowing during theater performances and age-appropriate dances.
At Peak Fitness, Cybex and Life Fitness strength-training machines mingle with Hammer Strength machines and free weights. An indoor rock-climbing wall protects climbers from the elements, and a cycling room corrals LeMond stationary bikes for classes. On the cardio floor, treadmills, elliptical machines, stair climbers, and bikes gather like gazelles around a “No Alligator” swimming zone. Peak also supports recreational sports, with an indoor basketball half court, a volleyball court, and tanning beds for minor-league tanning. Personal trainers and fitness coaches guide clients throughout their fitness journeys with tailored one-on-one instruction, as well as fitness classes and Zumba classes that mix music and exercise to simultaneously strengthen lower-body muscles. In the spa, staffers relax sore and fatigued bodies with massage services, waxing, and facials. Additionally, the studio's babysitting service keeps children aged 3–11 preoccupied while parents hone the mental muscles needed for their offspring's future groundings.