Argentina–born soccer enthusiast Gustavo Szulansky opened Super Soccer Stars to provide the boroughs with a program that championed the personal development of youngsters rather than solely a skill-based focus. Since its debut in 2000, it's grown throughout the city, helping countless youngsters learn teamwork, boost confidence, and decrease arguments during home games played on the dining-room table. This rapid growth is due in part to the positive values Gustavo instilled from the first class. His coaches are carefully selected for their ability to cultivate a noncompetitive, sensitive approach to learning the game, and they dole out their knowledge in both classes and camps.
Super Soccer Star's Kick & Play program features family-friendly classes that help tots 12–24 months old develop pre-soccer skills and physical skill sets simultaneously. During classes, a team of talented and enthusiastic instructors and an athletic duo of puppet friends named Mimi and Pepe buoy budding soccer players with positive reinforcement, individual attention, and the merry clickety-clack of cleated tap dances. Designed with the help of early-childhood specialists, each age-specific class helps players build skills at their own pace with positive reinforcement, individual attention, and engaging original music.
Mitch Lee, founder of Fit Figure Bootcamp, helps women achieve their fitness goals after aided his sister through her own weight loss. His online program challenges them to transform their bodies in 42 days with the help of equipment-free workouts, cardio routines, and fat-blasting Tummy Toner circuits. Women join a private Facebook page where they have access to supplemental training material including a nutrition video tutorial and grocery list as well as an exercise library. Participants can further quench their post-workout thirsts with 20-plus protein smoothie recipes while enlisting 24/7 coaching and support throughout the duration of the bootcamp.
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Tao Yoga & Tai-Chi founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful, philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
Sixty-minute Tread-X classes thin frames and firm forms through a hybrid circuit of cardio exercises and strength training. Each class unfolds in a specially-designed Tread-X workout room replete with treadmills and tables of stubborn jam jars. Along with pant-inducing interval training, Tread-Xers tackle a suspended rope system slung from the ceiling that allows students to mimic early humans’ efforts to stay in shape by climbing lemur tails. A 1:10 teacher-student ratio keeps classes trim, and courses pump up gym-goers of all fitness levels. All Tread-X workouts promote fat-burning, metabolism-boosting, and neon-Spandex-wearing. A full schedule of classes keeps bodies in motion six days a week, with complimentary valet parking offered 8 a.m. to noon Monday–Friday. Participants must wear sneakers to class.
After discussing each patient's treatment during a free consultation, board-certified physician Dr. Carol E. Tetenbaum draws upon her 25 years of medical practice to reduce the signs of aging in client's faces for four months to one year. Her Botox and Dysport injections temporarily improve frown lines by blocking nerve impulses to facial muscles, while her Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane treatments correct wrinkles and folds around noses and mouths by adding volume to skin. Unlike rubbing a rolling pin against your face, Dr. Tetenbaum's wrinkle-reversing procedures cause little to no discomfort and require no downtime. During chemical peels, she uses Obagi Blue Peel RADIANCE, diminishing fine lines, blemishes, and mild scarring; more Obagi products are available at The Aesthetic Medic for purchase.
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