As the morning begins, a row of toddlers takes turns tumbling feet over head while their parents guide them into the correct movement. Later, school-age kids sit in a circle, legs stretched before them as they try to touch their toes. The trained staff of My Gym Children's Fitness Center imbue kids with life skills through music, physical activities, and games. Many classes incorporate physical exercises with social and developmental skills, while summer camps are also available seasonally. All classes take place in a well-padded room, led by staff trained in child development and fluent in Muppet.
Equipment: Pull-up rig, gymnastic ring, barbells, bumper plates, wall balls
Students should bring: Water, towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Any one can do CrossFit, don't be nervous. Come in to get a great workout and have some fun.
The night after John Chacko, a hardworking man about to realize his dream, purchased the Jimmy's Central Lanes bowling alley, a roiling flood ripped over the banks of the Susquehanna River and destroyed the site. As a solitary man standing amid the wreckage, it would have been easy to walk away, but that wasn't his style. Instead, he rolled up his sleeves, ripped down the walls, and pulled up the floors. Not even a nail could be salvaged, but his love for the alley was still fully intact.
Today, it's hard to believe Chacko's was once under water. New lanes run as far as the eye can see, marked by fluorescent purples and blues, and a Memory Lane Lounge offers respite with draft beer and flat-screen TVs. But Dan Chacko still remembers the deluge. Bowling-alley patrons can stop into his pro shop and pick his brain about that breathtaking flood, or they can seek his advice on bowling-related matters such as how to pick up a split or how to match your wardrobe to your bowling shoes.
Certified yoga instructor Molly Cornell and her staff at Melt Hot Yoga guide guests through a series of flowing poses in a studio heated to 105 degrees. Yogis of all experience levels gather on the yoga room's vinyl mats to wind their way through a series of 26 poses paired with breathing exercises.
"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.