The staff members at Rocksport Indoor Climbing & Outdoor Guiding Center regularly explore the Adirondacks and mountain ranges throughout the world, mentally cataloging the frost-kissed crags and adrenaline-soaked sheer expanses. When they are not leading adventurers on ice-climbing expeditions or scrambling through narrow caves, the climbers can be found on the 4,400 square feet of climbing space at their facility. There, they teach students to how to deal with complex stone surfaces in order to navigate actual cliffs or volunteer at the local gargoyle shelter. Rocksport owner Tom Rosecrans leads the crew, lending knowledge from three Himalayan expeditions and his self-published book Adirondack Rock and Ice Climbs.
At Global Fitness, members can burn calories on the treadmill-stocked cardio deck or build muscle with kettlebells and free weights. Group classes, such as spinning, boxing, and boot camps, provide a dose of camaraderie. Patrons can opt into the program that best fits their needs thanks to Global Fitness's various levels of membership.
The team of certified personal trainers at Jeanie’s Custom Fitness strive to tone bodies with motivational and judgment-free techniques. Boot camps accommodate students at all fitness levels and increase in intensity over time, unlike workouts that culminate in naps on a weight bench. Sessions integrate cardio, plyometrics, and strength training each Tuesday and Thursday night from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. One-hour Zumba classes—held Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m.—motivate dance and strength-building movements via Latin tunes that hypnotize hips into believing they're maracas.
Natural light pours in through the studio's floor-to-ceiling picture windows as students perform the unified breathing and poses of Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Iyengar yoga. Classes are held seven days a week, supplemented by private sessions and special events such as kirtans and meditations. Past-event guests have included Gaura Vani, Bhagavan Das, Shyamdas, Dave Stringer, and David Newman. In addition to imparting students with the principles of yoga practice, Yoga Mandali is a yoga school registered with Yoga Alliance offering 200- and 500-hour certifications.
Music industry veterans Stan Denis and Paul Benedetti, both fathers of ambitious child musicians, spent years commiserating about the dismal, calcified state of music education. Deciding to do something about it, the two founded Rock School Music, determined to mix the principles of classical pedagogy with a heavy dose of kid-directed originality. Rather than focusing on scales and hoary old etudes, their instructors encourage students to bring in music they actually enjoy listening to, helping aspiring rockers play their favorite songs and recommending technical drills that directly improve their ability to play the studied piece.
In addition to private lessons, the studio's Rock School program arranges young jammers into bands based on their skill levels, before giving them a weekend practice space and sponsoring regular rock concerts for friends and family. Rock School Music’s studio, furnished with plush leather chairs and a wood-paneled front desk, inspires visitors to pursue their musical dreams with its framed band posters and fern plants that resemble Slash.
Beginner's ice-climbing excursions, set amid Vermont's picturesque framework of frozen peaks and glacial waterfalls, equip students of all levels with the basic know-how for treading arctic landscapes. During each private, seven-hour session, one of Petra Cliffs' certified guides outfits scaling protégés with all necessary gear and equipment before leading troops out to the course. Easy to moderate terrain enables a fruitful learning environment, where groups work on fundamental techniques including belaying, rappelling, and primal screaming. Since lessons are private, students have the opportunity to dictate the day's instruction and focus on specific skills, ranging from elementary top-roped climbing to mimicking the mating call of feral zambonis.