BASICS Sports Medicine maximizes the performance of athletes through intense workouts with performance trainers. With the Summer Speed Pass program, students will learn proper mechanics and techniques to optimize their speed and agility. BASICS' Certified Performance Trainers use ground-based agility training and other sport-specific exercises to create customized sessions for participants of any skill level. During the eight-week program, clients will have unlimited visits during age-specified time slots, allowing many opportunities to interact with peers, who frequently push each other to be stronger and faster, like a cheetah driving a Ferrari down a steep hill with a strong tailwind.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Crawford School of Irish Dance has been helping dancers as young as six years old hone their kicks and toe points since 1983. Classes consist of 8–12 dancers overseen by an experienced step dancer certified by the Dublin Commission of Irish Dance. Irish step-dancing teaches young kickers how to focus, listen, and follow directions while adults and kids alike increase flexibility and memory function with quick movements. Registration is included, as is a new-student information packet. Classes generally are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
On her biography page, Jennifer-Ellen Mueller says her first yoga class "felt like coming home," an experience which prompted her to devote 12 years to its study. Matt Newman used to watch his musician father meditate, but it wasn't until he was recovering from a back injury that he learned yogic breathing could help him reach the same peaceful state. Scott Moore discovered his passion abroad—he's studied meditation in Korea and Ayurveda in Kerala, and taught yoga in Croatia.
Eventually, the paths of these three free spirits converged, leading them to found their own studio: Prana Yoga, a name adapted from the Sanskrit word for "life force." Each brings his or her own talents to the practice—Jennifer-Ellen helms the 500-hour teacher certification program, Matt leads fun-focused instruction in yoga therapy and energetic alignment, and Scott breaks up his yoga classes with storytelling, music, and pose demonstrations with marionettes.
The trio also works with a team of instructors who train students in 10 yoga styles within two practice studios, introducing the gentle postures of hatha, the synchronized flow of breath and movement in power vinyasa, and the rhythmic style of Prana Flow. Prana Yoga's team doesn't just care deeply for yoga, but for the students who practice it as well. Staff members perform thai yoga massage, cranio-sacral therapy, and botanical facials in an on-site spa, and they prepare food from locally sourced ingredients in the cafe. The team also offers reduced-rate classes in exchange for help around the studio.