Gleaning attention from media outlets such as Sports Illustrated, ESPN Radio, and the Washington Post, not to mention endorsements from major-league players such as Mariano Rivera, Manny Ramirez, and Mike Bordick, Frozen Ropes has gained a nationwide reputation thanks largely to its unique training model. Coaches from all baseball and softball backgrounds integrate instructional elements ranging from basic strength conditioning to biomechanics and sports psychology, helping students build their skills the same way dentists do—through a scientific approach to relentless drilling. Since 1989, the program has been used to help novices and professional-level players produce more of the company's namesake, the “frozen rope”—slang for a hard-hit line drive or a strong throw. At each of the company's nationwide facilities, instructors must complete Frozen Ropes' comprehensive curriculum—including hours of classroom instruction, shadowing, and mock lessons—before they can even begin teaching students the proper way to eat sunflower seeds.
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.
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.
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.
Most children revel in playing video games, but it's often characterized as the antithesis of getting fit, what with all the endless hours of sitting idly and guzzling soft drinks. However, Fit Fusion Interactive's innovative instructors have managed to seamlessly integrate the two into their high-intensity martial-arts training program. To add an element of excitement and fun into getting fit and learning self-defense techniques, they utilize video-gaming fitness equipment. The stationary game bikes challenge cyclers with simulated on-screen hills, and the video game Dance Dance Revolution motivates dancers to work up a sweat to thumping tunes as they face off against imaginary opponents, who hail from the rival dance crew that served you at the soda-pop fountain last April.
To help their adult clients reach their fitness goals, these instructors also lead fitness classes such as karate classes and Fusion, which blends techniques from kickboxing, Pilates, and boot-camp classes. During Fitness Arcade sessions, students can take a break from all the fit-getting and compete against players from all over the world in the latest video games.
When players achieve a new level of fitness, they earn a colored bracelet to signify that they're moving up in Fit Fusion Interactive's ranking system. It is similar to the belt system in traditional martial-arts classes but made up of 15 levels, and students advance by acing physical challenges, passing tests of health knowledge, and slaying hydras with well-timed kickboxing moves. In addition to the classes and signature training program, kids and adults flock to the center for services such as personal training, parties, and special events.
To earn a black belt in Krav Maga?the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces, or IDF?Dr. Michael Blitz studied under the style's foremost experts, including Grandmaster Haim Zut and U.S. Chief Instructor Darren Levine. After more than 16 years of practice and 500 hours of instructor training, he was eager and willing to pass on the techniques to others. He has trained military security personnel in the U.S. and New Zealand as well U.S. Air Marshals, police officers, and civilians and taught New York City corrections officers at multiple correctional facilities. Under his supervision, only nationally and internationally certified instructors helm Krav Maga classes at KMLI (Kombat Masters of Long Island).
Dr. Blitz's impressive resum? underscores the real-life relevancy of his class curriculum. Grouped by skill level, the Krav Maga lessons condition physiques as they impart self-defense strategies, emphasizing explosive and decisive maneuvers. The techniques are meant to guard against single, multiple, armed, and unarmed assailants, a goal that rallies Blitz and his team to raise the empowering cry, "Refuse to be a victim." Some of these techniques have been displayed when KMLI's Blitz Krav Maga was featured on News 12 Long Island.