Punching bags are inherently rebellious creatures. That’s why for the last 20 years, YB World Taekwondo Academy has been keeping them in check with a dynamic array of martial-arts classes. The school’s skilled instructors offer safe, contact and no-contact sessions, ideal for teaching hand-eye coordination and self-defense while students scorch calories. What's more, all tae kwon do classes are overseen by Grandmaster Kim, who claims more than 32 years of martial-arts experience. The schedule is diverse, with classes for adults and children of all skill levels.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
A bounty of physiological, psychological, and sociological research comes to fruition in My Gym Stamford’s kids’ fitness programs. Appropriate for children as young as 6 weeks and as old as 13 years, classes explore different genres of fitness, such as tumbling and hanging, sports and gymnastics, cardio and yoga. But the one thing they all share is the philosophy that fitness and agility should go hand in hand with social and cognitive development.
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.
Equipment: Agility ladders, steps, light dumbells, jump ropes.
Students should bring: Wear gym attire, bring a water bottle, and do not eat for 2 hours prior.
Average class length: 60-90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Pro Tip: Bring a positive attitude. We are a building a new YOU. Success begets success.
Since its founding nearly a century ago, the Stamford Jewish Community Center (JCC) has served as a focal point for the local Jewish community and a welcoming educational and fitness center for visitors of all faiths and backgrounds. Here, kids can play in early childhood classes, or learn to swim with youth aquatics lessons in the indoor pool. Forge new friendships with teammates in the JCC's adults softball and basketball leagues, or fill your brain with new knowledge during the center's frequent film festivals and cultural events.