If you asked someone what ballerinas and soldiers have in common, it would sound like the setup for a joke. Bad punch lines aside, "Pilates" would be a valid answer. Initially, Joseph Pilates' fitness system was used in army hospitals to rehabilitate soldiers and in dance studios to tone and stretch ballerinas. At Pilates of Stamford, Pam Giambrone applies her expertise just as broadly, strengthening and lengthening the muscles of beginner and veteran athletes alike.
Pam and her team of instructors have all been certified to impart Pilates techniques with a variety of equipment. Their mat classes cover focused stretches and the use of several props, from arm weights to stability balls and magic circles. Alternatively, Reformer classes provide highly personalized resistance-apparatus demonstrations. Whether guests drop in to a group lesson or schedule private training, teachers adjust their exercises to fit each person's pace, fostering an atmosphere of support and continual growth rather than one of competition and slap-fights.
Cycle Center of Stamford's knowledgeable staff has been equipping riders with the appropriate cycling accouterments and fine-tuning bikes to ensure safe travels for 27 years. Its trove of name-brand gear accommodates cyclists of all ages and skill types, from weekend riders to participants in the Tour de Franks––an annual race to visit every Frank in the continental United States.
The trainers of CrossFit S-Town don't care whether their students can lift a certain amount of weight or possess a certain amount of body fat. Their only goal is to help each student leave class a little bit healthier. That's why they maintain an 8:1 student-teacher ratio and don't push newcomers to lift more weight than they can handle. Instead, they encourage students to strive for the intensity at which they're comfortable during the functional workouts, which incorporate a combination of gymnastics, metabolic conditioning, and weightlifting. As they become more experienced, students can challenge themselves by using the recommended weight for the Workout of the Day, engaging in competitive CrossFit events, and trading in their cars for pedicabs.
Vertical Addiction instructors believe working out doesn't have to be a bore. In fact, their pole fitness routines don't just offer a great aerobic workout—they're also a great way to have fun and feel sexy while building a strong, toned body. Inside the studio, students of all ages and abilities learn how to perform everything from basic spins to complex tricks, and classes are split by skill level in order to allow students to progress at their own pace. For those more interested in performance than fitness, pole dancing classes teach short, choreographed routines to help students to gain fluidity in their movements, while routine choreography classes are also available to help students build their own routine for a showcase or competition against a squad of local firefighters.
Among the three of them, the coaches at Stamford Fencing Center possess 10 Ukrainian national fencing championships, more than 50 years of training, and one stint as head coach of the Ukrainian saber team at the 2000 Olympics. The team uses this expertise to advocate for the growth of fencing and develop budding fencers into superstars. Beginners focus on footwork and blade work, developing noticeable improvements in hand-eye coordination, balance, quickness, and ability to fend off everyday attacks from aggressive knitters. Additionally, the sport provides excellent cardiovascular exercise, helping to increase stamina and improve overall health.
Ropes and gymnastics rings dangle from the ceiling. Pull-up racks protrude from the walls. Rowing machines line up near the entrance, and jump boxes await leaps. These are the tools of the trade at Crossfit Affinity, where they're employed during workouts that change daily. That's because they require users to employ functional movements, such as pulling and pushing, designed to work the entire body. Because the regimen is high intensity, the team start off all beginners with fundamental courses that ensure they learn proper form and execution. Once ready, they let students hit the ground running while scaling exercises to everyone's individual abilities.