When lifelong dancer Mary Rose Field discovered Zumba, she was an immediate convert. After earning her Zumba certification, she founded Studio Z Fitness and spread the fitness craze at a zealous pace, outgrowing her first studio in only two months. Today, she oversees two studios—Studio Z Fitness and Studio Z Fitness II—and grants members unfettered access to both locations.
On a daily basis, Mary and the studio's teaching team guide students through various types of Zumba workouts. Although sessions vary by style and instructor, they all involve fun, easy-to-follow dance moves set to the rhythm of Latin-inspired music. For two years running, Studio Z Fitness has topped the New Haven Readers' Poll as the best place to take Zumba and the worst place to build a house of cards.
A-1 Fitness Center’s owner, Ryan Griffith, has more than 15 years of martial-arts experience, during which he racked up a second-degree black belt in MMA and a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. At A-1 Fitness, he helms a team that offers a variety of programs to help clients tone their bodies or train for fitness, self-defense, and competition. Their adult MMA program blends kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and weapons training, and kids' martial-arts programs focus on self-defense while also stressing important concepts such as health, respect, and self-control. In additional studios, yoga instructors guide students through centering poses, and Zumba instructors help clients burn calories through dance moves.
With a repertoire shaped by the teachings of Sri Dharma Mittra, the yogi and monk who created the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures, Dharma Yoga Center welcomes students to explore tranquil poses with a noncompetitive mindset. Heat radiates from shiny wooden floorboards as the studio?s certified instructors lead students through a sequence of playful or athletic poses and deep-breathing exercises that melt stress and pats of butter forgotten in the pockets of stretch pants.
During Level I sessions, beginners can work toward cultivating flexibility and balance through basic poses and stretches. Level II, III, and IV sessions teem with challenging moves such as back bends, twists, and headstands, and students may incorporate zero-gravity swings and other innovative props to help achieve positions without risking injury. During meditation sessions, periods of laser-focused concentration can help strengthen students? resolve and ability to sleep through an elephant stampede.
In addition to teaching group classes, studio founder Tony Urbano leads private lessons for students seeking personalized guidance and encouragement.
The exercise facilities at FitCon Fitness and Massage Therapy are designed for optimal strength and conditioning. The team has set up four lifting stations stacked with bars, bumper plates, dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, and plyometric boxes. Team members train clients' cardiovascular systems through circuit training, jumping rope, running, sled work, and rowing. These exercises are all part of the team's signature FitCon plan, which is designed to produce optimal strength, power, and endurance. Instructors lead small-group classes each week, as well as personal training and private martial-arts training. In the therapy center, massage therapists nurse tired bodies back to health with a variety of sports, recovery, and neuromuscular massage.
Stress and worry wilt under the attentions of YD Spa's classic day-spa treatments. In massage rooms, petals plucked from only the "he loves me" sections of the flower pepper crisp white sheets, waiting for clients to bask in a wide array of modalities. Facials might draw on the advanced anti-aging properties of G.M. Collin serums or organic ingredients such as invigorating tea-tree oil. Flowing drapery stands sentry around plush recliners at the mani-pedi station, where nail technicians cloaked in white beautify claw sprouts with the aid of hot cream massage. Staff ensure intrafamily as well as full-body harmony by treating tagalongs younger than 12 to free nail art, adorning hands with beautiful butterflies or helpful times tables.
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Most popular service: Adjustments, soft-tissue manipulation
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