After years of figure skating, soccer playing, and jazz and tap dancing, co-owners Lori Allen and Jenny Geyser needed a fitness program that developed muscle strength and flexibility without terrorizing their joints. They landed on the Purre Barre method, and after years spent as students, they decided to go pedagogical, teaching others.
In their cozy, mirrored studio practitioners stabilize and stretch limbs on the ballet barre that surrounds the walls before assaulting the abs, hips, glutes and arms with a barrage of small isometric movements. By eliminating jumping by enforcing a strict no-pogo-stick policy, the exercises help bodies prevent undue stress on the joints.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build the tot's creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions (contact location for schedule).
The nimble instructors at Foundation Yoga guide limbs through poses that stretch and strengthen physiques and eschew anxiety inside a relaxing studio with bamboo floors. The diverse, seven-day-a-week schedule accommodates students of varying experiences, such as Level 1 classes that work on properly aligning the spine and rogue chakras. The faster-paced Level 2 classes delve deeper into flexibility, strength, and stability, and the Level 3 power yoga classes combine therapeutics, alignment, and stimulating music. A 10-class pass grants guests participation in any of the studio’s body-bending classes, including the all-level Yoga for Athletes that render legs, upper bodies, and molten cores pliable enough to sleep comfortably in a sardine can.
With a 12-to-1 student-teacher ratio and curriculum aligned with California's Gifted & Talented Education standards, Keystone Academy supercharges children's education. Instructors urge students to take a big-picture approach to their subjects as they learn critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills. The school's hybrid K–8 program restructures the typical school week to let students engage with their community: students participate in four daily hours of accelerated classroom learning for the first four days of the week, followed by home study on Friday. But even students who don't attend Keystone Academy during the school year can benefit from its unique educational approach. Summer camps immerse kids in fascinating lessons on photography, baking, robotics, or smartphone-app programming. Afterschool enrichment classes buttress classroom learning with in-depth programs on science or foreign languages. And themed Super Saturday events invite kids from the community to spend a day experimenting with hands-on educational activities.
In the three decades since he left his job as the COO of a multimillion-dollar development company, Brian Tracy has delved into the study of success, honing his own experiences with insights from the masters of fields including economics, business, and psychology. Confident in his own research, Tracy now travels through countries across the globe, delivering seminars and leading workshops for more than one million people in 58 countries, including for companies such as Toyota, Bank of America, and Verizon Wireless. He’s also condensed his wisdom into a slate of at-home courses, with DVDs and Web videos serving as virtual coaches until technology allows for the creation of miniature Tracys who deliver lectures from shoulder perches. Available lessons help pupils best personal hurdles by optimizing their time management, jump-starting their personal development, or honing their leadership abilities.
From ballet school in her native Peru to folk-dance studies in college, Marcela Alva had dance in her heart and on her hips. Her long-held belief that dance, combined with good nutrition, results in a rich, healthy life led her to become a certified Zumba instructor in 2008 to help others feel good about their bodies and lead healthier lifestyles. At Dance2Fitness, she leads students of all fitness levels and dance abilities—including those with two left feet and those with two left feet for hands—through high-energy classes such as Zumba, salsa, bachata, and merengue. Getting hearts pumping, she harnesses the dynamic rhythms of Latin music to help patrons burn calories and sculpt limbs while having fun with the fancy footwork.