Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
After Lisa Usherovich had her first baby, she discovered yoga as a way to get back in shape and relieve stress. She eventually founded MiMi Yoga for Everyone, a welcoming studio where prenatal classes help keep expectant women comfortable, as well as post-natal classes that let mothers and babies practice yoga together. A full schedule includes other types of yoga, from a fundamentals class to an iyengar session that uses props to help bodies stretch to new limits and practice new stand-up routines. In all classes, Lisa and her team invite more experienced yogis to set up in the front row so new students can hang behind and follow their lead.
Because minds are at their most malleable in early childhood, the teachers at Little Footsteps Child Development Center take advantage of this time to coddle and mold the fragile intellects of infants, preschoolers, and kindergarteners and prime them for future learning. The nonprofit center, which is decorated to emulate the comforts of home, provides a welcoming environment for kids in a safe building that’s guarded by a security system as opposed to an enchanted troll bridge.
Because teachers oversee as few as 4 charges in the infant room and a maximum of 12 in kindergarten classes, they can give each child individual attention and gear hands-on curriculum toward the child’s needs. Lesson plans include age-appropriate forays into language arts, math, science, social studies, motor activities, and sessions with specialists for music, art, and computers.
Sessions take place in classrooms that house a variety of learning stations, which stimulate curiosity with bright colors and toys that encourage play between peers. On the playground, kids dart in and out of the jungle gym with friends or gather under the pavilion to discuss the day’s news or decide who gets to go down the big slide first.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.