Focus on Fathers works with fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, and other men serving as children's caretakers, providing formal parenting-education classes, individual counseling, and father-child activities. Classes are designed to accommodate a range of needs, conducted in English and Spanish and held in a variety of group and individual settings, including at community centers, daycare centers, and drug-treatment facilities. At the parenting-education course, dads can learn tips for dealing with the challenges of raising children from toddlers to teenagers. Classes also focus on child development and teach men how to be more nurturing caregivers. Fathers who have participated in the course report that they spend more time engaging in activities with their children, share parenting responsibilities more effectively, and have greater overall confidence in their parenting skills as a result.
When Annie Federoff played volleyball in college, she realized she wasn't just making it through the workouts?she was pushing her teammates, too. She recognized her own ability to motivate others and founded her own personal-training business after graduation. In her 13 O'Clock Adventure Boot Camp she helps even more people live healthier lives. She leads campers through four-week sessions that get them into shape with a constantly varied cycle of activities, such as Pilates, weight training, and obstacle courses. On any given day, she might lead groups through jumping rope and doing yoga or taking off for a hike. Annie ensures that her students of all ability levels can safely do each exercise but still be challenged by the workout. As her athletes do functional-training and core-conditioning exercises, Annie watches to make sure everyone is using proper form to avoid injury and get the most out of each exercise.
Annie called the camps 13 O'Clock to refer to the mythical time when you plan to do something, but never actually get around to it. She helps her campers finally find time to get in shape, and the changing nature of each session keeps bodies from getting bored and falling asleep mid-pushup.
Striving to instruct students not only in the martial arts, but also in valuable life lessons—such as discipline, respect, and focus—the instructors of Master Coleman's Lion Force Martial Arts welcome pupils as young as 4 years old to their classes. Kids can learn important self-defense skills during 30 and 40-minute karate classes, while those 17 or older can enroll in kickboxing classes to further develop under-the-table-shin-kicking skills.
Epic Power Yoga enlists the strengthening and centering techniques of Baptiste power Vinyasa yoga to mold students of all levels into seasoned stretchers. The studio’s scheduled sessions cluster up to 35 attendees atop a patchwork mosaic of home-brought and rented yoga mats, bolting open the doors as early as 5:30 a.m. on weekdays. Power-yoga classes test the mettle of attendees with 90 minutes of physically intensive postures linked by dynamic transitions, allowing students and drifting instructors to tailor the difficulty of the regimen to each pupil’s fitness level. In addition to fashioning mind-body connections sturdier and more precious than a rocking chair made of solid gold, the practice also sculpts chiseled abdominals and loosens knotted joints over time. 60-minute basic-yoga sessions slow down the pace to let instructors provide a more introspective class, emphasizing alignment with a combination of prop-assisted postures and advanced geometry proofs.
Mats in soft blues, purples, and reds dot the sleek studio floor of tAra Yoga. On each colorful island is a student, holding poses and enjoying the calming space. Here, certified instructors kick off Vinyasa classes as early as 9 a.m. and as late as 7:45 p.m. They also lead Mommy and Me sessions for parents and kids, as well as yoga-for-beginners sessions to help first-timers get acquainted with the practice.
The trainers at Boot Camp Challenge don't just line up campers and start yelling for pushups. Instead, they assess trainees' health and fitness levels and lead the trainees through a set of scalable exercises that befit their physical abilities. In addition to motivating clients, the staff doles out nutrition information to help clients boost their energy while cutting calories from their diets.