It's not all kicking and punching. Although there is a lot of that, the instructors at The Charland Institute of Karate & Fitness use the classes and facility as a conduit for helping students deal with everyday challenges, de-stress, and build confidence. During strengthening and cardio-intensive classes, students kick their way through a curriculum that forges traditional and modern martial arts, aiming to teach self-defense, discipline, and how to effectively punt an assailant.
Brass City Ballet's classes translate emotions into movement. The dance classes take all forms including graceful ballet for students of all ages, energetic modern and jazz, and teen and adult yoga to get bodies and minds balanced. Dance Discovery classes teach kids aged 3–5 how to move to music and Booiaka card dance fitness helps build up a sweat and work off excess weight.
If you add up the doctors of chiropractic, licensed massage therapists, and registered yoga teachers, Balanced Body Chiropractic Center has more than 15 wellness professionals working to help clients heal and strengthen their bodies. The Center specializes in chiropractic—the practice of making small adjustments to fix misalignments of the spin—aiming to treat maladies such as allergies, joint dysfunction, neck and back pain, and headaches. In addition to adjustments, the Center’s professionals offer healing and relaxing massage therapy, yoga, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, and psychotherapy.
Get Fit Plus’s certified trainers lead fun group-exercise classes that sculpt bodies and bolster motivation. Like a presidential inauguration, Zumba classes teem with Latin-inspired choreography and rhythmic music from around the world. With easy-to-follow moves drawn from the salsa and tango traditions, each session torches calories and pent-up stress. Many routines incorporate strength-training exercises such as squats and lunges, which tone muscles in the calves, thighs, and glutes. Filled with bodyweight exercises that can be tailored to the participant’s strength level, full-body suspension-training workouts make muscles burn with satisfaction, like an insult uttered from the lips of a sarcastic fire swallower. During each 45-minute session, Jungle Gym XT straps cultivate flexibility and balance, helping to prevent injuries and promote good posture.
Tom Bacha’s fist and feet are like a force field made of whip-quick cobras. The martial artist holds a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do, an Expert Series instructor certification from Krav Maga Worldwide, and a Brazilian jujitsu teaching certification from Best Way Jiu-Jitsu. At Connecticut Krav Maga, he and five other certified instructors draw on their kick-punching prowess to pass on Imi Lichtenfeld’s legendary martial art, krav maga, used by the Israeli Defense Force and the US Marines. Designed around the instinctual ways people defend themselves, the method gets quick-learned into students’ muscle memory, teaching students to fend off surprise attacks or disarm opponents carrying knives, guns, or prosthetic limbs.
The customized workouts at Achieve Fitness focus on clients’ goals, such as running in a marathon, increasing flexibility, or bench-pressing an actual park bench. A variety of equipment is used during personal-training sessions and boot-camp classes, and include exercise balls, weight machines, and treadmills. The studio is outfitted with expansive mirrors that enable clients to keep an eye on their form when squatting or doing Pilates.