From Ronaldinho to Pelé, many of the most renowned soccer players in history hail from Brazil. The country is steeped in a love of the game that took over Rodrigo Nunes’s life early on. Long before founding RNunes Olé, he lived in São Paulo, where his father was a coach, his uncle was a professional player, and his brother was a trainer.
With the help of a handpicked group of certified coaches, he now passes on some of the soccer knowledge he has accumulated through drills and during talks at camps and clinics. Kids as young as 2 years of age squeal across the fields at the academy, learning to dribble, shoot, and pass. Punctuated by the soft pop of a foot against the soccer ball and the trill of coaches’ whistles, pupils at specialized clinics hone their ability to protect the goal or find legal loopholes that allow terriers into the league.
Even if you're not a seasoned athlete, ProMotions Training Academy gets both adults and kids in shape for the sporting season. Here, professionals—including many who have played in the major and minor leagues—provide private training sessions in the basic skills and mechanics of football, soccer, baseball, and softball. For those who would prefer to scrutinize their own swing, the facility also boasts a 5,500 square foot turf area with sliding nets and tunnels for battling and pitching, and personal training and speed and agility classes are also available for anyone looking to get into fighting form. Kids' boot camp classes are also available. After sweating on the field, students can head to the lounge area to look up their favorite players' stats on the free Wi-Fi or practice their touch-down dance in the reflective glass of the vending machines.
Wilton Sport & Fitness’s new facility was built to fill the void of indoor sports facilities for athletes in the area, and it does so with a massive indoor turf field and state-of-the-art Cybex cardio and strength-training equipment. Housed within the facility, Pinnacle Health offers private and semiprivate fitness classes led by trainers with extensive sports and fitness backgrounds.
At ARES 500 locations across the country, they take a scientific approach to its classes, which encourages strength building, increasing endurance, and helping children achieve and maintain a healthy body.
In addition to those classes, ARES 500 offers soccer lessons for kids and adults. Skill-training sessions and team games help students improve their technique and enjoy the outdoors while getting a comprehensive workout. ARES 500 sees soccer as a powerful tool for sustaining positive change in a child?s overall development, and thus the soccer drills are designed to increase concentration, determination, and self-discipline, all while teaching children to share, take turns, lead, listen, and communicate.
Relaxing and working out don't usually go hand-in-hand, but things aren't usual at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers. As soon as visitors set foot in the Mind Body Studio, they're set at ease by a modern lounge area, which boasts sleek bamboo floors, exposed brick walls, and sprigs of verdant plants. Inside the workout space, classes such as yoga and the barre method emphasize the mind-body connection. The Nalini Method classes also push students toward inner harmony with a combination of Pilates, aerobics, barre work, and yoga, helping students de-stress while toning limbs and burning calories without ever tossing any cheesecakes into open flames.
In the right light, you can almost see how the 8,500-square-foot indoor soccer field, with its high ceiling and vast depth, was once a movie theater. Back then, it must have taken a lot of imagination to foresee the space as it is now—with painted stadium murals on the walls and competition lines drawn on the floor—but that's just how owner Miguel Garzon envisioned it. Today, the space is home to youth soccer lessons as well as adult leagues and tournaments. After all the soccer balls are put away, the facility spends some time each week as a salsa dance hall and a private event space for birthdays, club nights, and office parties.