At Emoria Studios, the staff believes that laying a foundation of dance skills early can boost a child?s self-esteem for years to come. They also teach dance as an outlet for kids to express themselves through their movements. Babies get their first tastes of dance and social interaction in Mommy and Me classes that lead into to predance combo classes, where instructors teach preschoolers, elementary schoolers, or preteens the foundations of tap, ballet, jazz, and tumbling. These sessions then funnel into focused classes in jazz, tap, modern, ballet, or cheer meant to teach fundamentals as simply as possible.
"What Type of Athlete Are You?" GCMC poses this question to its clients, because it operates under the philosophy that everyone leads an active, demanding lifestyle. Though GCMC caters to professional and recreational athletes, it also addresses the stressors of "industrial" athletes—those who spend ample time in a car and function on little sleep—as well as "domestic" athletes—parents who spend their time tending to kids or hormonal teenage guinea pigs.
No matter which kind of athlete you are, the instructors at GCMC can help you get in shape or recover from injuries. Fitness instructors lead classes such as Beach Body Burn and core-strengthening Matwork Flow Pilates. Additionally, GCMC's therapists and chiropractors address a range of issues, from ankle sprains to postsurgical rehabilitation.
Gibsons Fitness Health & Wellness spans two floors and a slew of specialized areas, from the Upstairs RPM Spinning Room to the dedicate nutrition store downstairs. The gym's owners pack the floor with Cybex or Nautilus machines, and dedicate their classrooms to yoga, Les Mills Bodypump, or Zumba. Meanwhile, personal trainers make use of both types of areas, creating customized programs to help clients reach personal fitness goals such as losing weight or bench-pressing an actual park bench. The whole team strives to make trips to the gym easy by offering extra services such as child care, an on-site apparel shop, and lockers for personal belongings.
Junius Morgan, the National Academy of Sports Medicine–certified trainer behind Unlimited Fitness NYC, has bountiful experience as an athlete, from boxing to running three NYC marathons. Junius specializes in personal and group training, provided in home, in Central Park, or at the Unlimited Fitness NYC studio. During group boot-camp training, Junius designs equipment-free workouts that follow boxing routines to help athletes work major muscle groups. Boot camps also include smoothies and protein shakes, and a weekly Fitness Night Out with the rest of Unlimited Fitness NYC’s athletes.
At Cloud 9 CrossFit, owner Chuck Makatura and his team of fellow CrossFit Level 1–certified coaches pay little attention to isolation movements such as bicep curls and leg extensions. Instead, they focus on functional movements such as pull-ups, squats, box jumps, rope climbs, and dead lifts. The minimalistic exercises regularly make cameos in the studio's Workout of the Day, an intense, varied series of exercises designed to build strength and increase heart rate, or the rate at which your heart falls in love.
"We give kids the confidence to protect themselves." These eight words sum up the motto for MartialArtsProgramsforkids.com as well as the mission of their curriculum. At a wealth of locations along the East Coast, youngsters learn confidence, discipline, and respect as they boost skills in a variety of disciplines, including jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts. The skills learned in these lessons can also help them defend themselves in the face of bullies and family cats that won't share the remote control.