Housed in expansive facilities that allow ample room for tumbles and mid-air twists, ENA Gymnastics’ classes and birthday parties unite form with fun for young athletes and aspiring acrobats of all skill levels. Children 5 years and older can hone their foam-pit high-dives and slinky impersonations in general gymnastics classes, designed to boost strength, coordination, and self-confidence without compromising safety. The program lasts 90 minutes, the first 15 of which are dedicated to stretching before students advance on to three different gymnastics events and a strength-training period. While girls practice their tumbles and learn how to breakdance on the balance beam, boys can test their dexterity on the parallel bars or mount a wild pommel horse that sporadically whinnies and bucks to increase the degree of difficulty.
Few yoga studios can say that they've created their own styles of yoga, but at Highland Yoga, Anelyn and Stephen Tortorello did just that. With the help of their instructors, these yogis developed Yogacarya, which marries Western yoga postures with the introspection, meditation, and self-realization encouraged by the Yoga Sutras. The open, clean studio hosts a rotating gallery of local artists' paintings and photography to inspire reflection.
Their 32 weekly classes—available in beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels—also embrace the widely popular Vinyasa and Hatha methods along with the lesser-known Kripalu and Kundalini yogas. To further foster mind-body connections, the studio's licensed massage therapists ease muscular stress, taut muscles, and uptight grizzly bears with myofascial, Swedish, and Thai yoga bodywork.
The trainers at Odyssey Athletic Center know that a single approach to physical fitness is as boring as it is limiting. They bear certifications and degrees from a variety of disciplines, earning the recognition of workout guilds ranging from the Aerobic & Fitness Association of America and the World Instructor Training School to the American Council of Exercise. This knowledge of different exercise systems enables them to host 60 classes per week inside their 27,000-square-foot facility. Their scheduled Pilates sessions help students nurture lean muscle without bulk, and Zumba meetings melt away calories with fun dance steps set to a Latin beat. To ensure they stay informed on emerging fitness techniques, staff members attend continuing-education classes and hold weekly question-and-answer sessions with their dumbbells.