Spread throughout Long Island in addition to branches in New York City, Westchester, and the Capital Region, Sportime's 12 locations offer visitors ample space and equipment to engage in their favorite exercise-related endeavors. The network of fitness factories contains 144 indoor and outdoor tennis courts, where adults and juniors alike can play during open-court times, receive playing tips from expert instructors, and practice their victory taunts. Multisport facilities host a number of other games, from roller hockey and lacrosse to volleyball and basketball, and the fitness centers house cardiovascular and strength-training equipment. Sportime's Randall's Island Tennis Center has even paired with legendary tennis star John McEnroe to create the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, which will soon expand to Sportime locations in Westchester and on Long Island.
Ken Benshish and Yi Qian started iSchool of Music and Art in 2005 to provide a positive, supportive learning atmosphere that takes into account each student?s personality and goals. Students aged 3 and older who can?t tell a drumstick from a plectrum and don?t even know the street value of a quarter note can learn piano, drums, guitar, or voice skills from scratch, then test their newfound skills with multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. Instructors host private classes or group students into their own rock-band performance troupes, and intensive camps culminate in field trips to Lincoln Center and a tour of a real recording studio.
For more than two decades, Syosset Martial Arts Center has been a place for people to not only learn martial arts but to move toward healthy, balanced lifestyles. The black-belt instructors tutor students in shotokan karate, which focuses on building values and character as its students learn self-defense and sparring moves. Adult classes begin with a warm-up and review before they launch into sparring, bag work, or the day's theme—and the class is always a whole-body workout. In addition to karate, the instructors also teach Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a grappling-based martial art. These classes aim to help students gain confidence, lose weight, and learn how to defend themselves.
Kids' karate classes engage young ones with activities including obstacle courses and calisthenics and instill values such as self-confidence and discipline. They can celebrate turning a year older with a birthday party at the dojo, complete with pizza, karate-themed invitations, and protection from insane posses of clowns.
Oh My Girls! brings home ec classes into the 21st century by placing the emphasis squarely on young women. There are healthy cooking classes where students learn the value of better nutrition, fitness classes where they learn the empowering benefit of peer support, and workshops where they build healthy body image that draws on inner confidence rather than prescriptive media stereotypes.
Sportime runs more than 150 tennis courts in the New York area, and it's not unusual to spot John McEnroe at one of them. The famous tennis player helms an eponymous tennis academy at three Sportime locations, whose young participants perfect their serves, master new techniques, and get pro tips from the legend himself.
McEnroe's academy is just one of Sportime's many offerings, however. Along with tennis lessons for adults, most complexes boast multi-sport courts for games such as basketball, volleyball, and Lean On The Net WIthout Falling. Inside group exercise studios, patrons can chisel their stomachs during "Ab-solution" classes, or dance off calories with festive Zumba routines. Most locations host multi-sport summer camps for kids, too, keeping youngsters active and teaching them to work as part of a team.