Christopher and Melanie Romano?s kids have long loved the music, iPads loaded with games, and fun flavors of Let?s Yo! When they?d frequent their neighborhood outpost, they felt assured they were feeding their kids a healthier alternative to ice cream. "Even in the winter, my kids wanted to go," Christopher says. "They would have gone every day if I'd have let them."
When the couple decided they wanted to quit the corporate world and open a business, Let?s Yo! seemed like a natural fit. They soon opened up shop, where customers self-serve 18 all-natural, organic flavors brimming with live active cultures. The flavors rotate regularly, with varieties such as sea-salt-caramel pretzel, red velvet cupcake, and California tart. Next, guests pile on premium toppings such as Andes mints, mixed nuts, and Kashi cereal?as well as about 10 different types of syrups, including Reese's peanut-butter topping and mango syrup. The staff members get fresh-fruit deliveries daily, which they chop up or splice via laser vision.
Along with iPads loaded with the latest apps, Christopher outfitted the shop with a flat-screen TV and free WiFi. He chats regularly with the customers who swing by for a cup or stop in after the gym for a yogurt protein shake. And he says it's definitely a change of pace from his Wall Street job. "The hardest choice you have to make is what topping you want," he says.
Bikram Yoga Princeton's intensely heated practice space enfolds students in 105-degree air made velvet by humidity as high as 40%, urging muscles to relax and stretch further during athletic Bikram sessions. Instructors attentively lead students of all ages and fitness levels through two breathing exercises and 26 poses, using standing twists and seated stretches to methodically shepherd oxygen-rich circulation throughout bodies. The physical exertion, combined with infrared heat, encourages detoxifying perspiration, purging students’ bodies of dangerous toxins to make room for the more enjoyable toxins that accompany the weekend. Throughout class, teachers demonstrate proper form, fine-tune their instruction with verbal cues, and suggest pose modifications with hands-on adjustments. After practice, the studio's shower and changing facilities allow men, women, and sentient claymation figures to regain their composure.
Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
Zumba Fitness New Jersey's licensed head instructor Melissa Marcketta and her enthusiastic staff lead over thirty light-hearted, hip-swiveling Latin dance workouts per week across five locations. During one-hour Zumba with Zumba Toning classes, students become acquainted with pulse-pounding dance moves and strength training exercises that create physiques as tight and toned as a bass drum crafted from recycled Tarzan posters. The calorie-crushing combination of aerobic gyrations and shimmy-infused strength training is accessible for all ability levels. The studio employs multiple instructors to ensure varied workouts, eclectic soundtracks, and a spectrum of opinions surrounding the optimal peanut-butter-to-broccoli ratio for a postworkout sandwich.
Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand at Beauty and Wellness Center, a beauty and fitness studio with ornate tile floors and sunny yellow walls. Once guests step through the center's doors, they are greeted by aestheticians who specialize in shaping eyebrows, purifying skin with facials, and grooming fingernails, toenails, or Edward Scissorhands-style blades. There are resident massage therapists, too, who dissolve muscle tension with custom massages. Guests can also take an active role in their own wellness by attending the center's fitness classes, which include muscle-toning workouts, restorative yoga sessions, and stress-reducing meditation classes.
Let's Play in Italian exposes kids, young adults, and adults to the culture and language of Italy through engaging programs that range from preschool activities to conversational Italian classes. Tykes up to 8 years old sing songs, tell stories, play games, and put on puppet shows and craft fairs during afterschool programs and Mommy & Me workshops, absorbing Italian vocabulary during their formative years before gray matter turns angsty and taciturn. Parents and kids alike can expand their linguistic repertoire with colorful books, CDs, and DVDs from an online bookstore.