Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness first opened its 35,000-square-foot fitness centers in 1979, and the specialists have since maintained a commitment to helping their members lead healthier lifestyles. They work in partnership with hospitals and medical professionals to stay keen on current research, turning this information into personal-training programs and professional advice for members of all fitness levels. In addition to programs in fitness and recreation, health education, and nutrition, Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness offers more than 60 group fitness classes. Members can shake up their routines with group cycling, yoga, and Pilates sessions, or tune out the surrounding world while burning calories on TV-equipped cardio machines. Member amenities also include basketball courts and an aquatics center in addition to outlets for kids including a youth activities center and babysitting services for kids that are tired of pretending to be their mom's fanny pack as she works out.
Equipment: Zebra mats and cage, Combat Sports boxing ring, Precor and Cybex machines
Students should bring: Workout clothing (i.e. sweatpants and a t-shirt)
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11–25 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Capoeira offers a great workout that is mentally and physically engaging. Aikido is more traditional.
The experts at Yarnover help knitters of all skill levels learn basic and advanced techniques in knitting classes, as well as help those comfortable enough to knit by themselves navigate the shop and secure buttons, needle cases, and colorful royal alpaca, mulberry silk, or baby llama yarn. During the hands-on classes, students progress at their own pace as they take in wisdom and pointers from experienced teachers and broaden the knowledge of their hands and muscle memory. Guests can also stop by to sharpen their skills and talk trash about crocheters at a free knitting circle held every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level (starting as young as six weeks) and designed to incorporate the latest physiological, psychological, and meteorological research . The West Hartford location offers classes for all developmental degrees, from Tiny Tykes, a class for parents and babies that focuses on movement, to Champions, 5- to 8-year-olds mastering sports and gymnastics skills. Schedules and class options vary by location; click here to see the complete West Hartford lineup.
The personal trainers at Big Sky Fitness cut frustration from the range of emotions their clients experience. That's because their X-factor coaching is grounded in science, ensuring that exercisers reach their goals if they stick to the regimen. Group fitness classes act as a helpful add-on to the personal-training sessions, as do nutritious shakes from the Shake Bar.
Owner and certified instructor D’Mario Sowah, known as one of the "best trainers" as Molly Qerim, ESPN broadcaster, related to the Hartford Courant, helps students achieve healthy levels of strength and self-confidence at Akua Ba Fitness in West Hartford. Upon moving to New York, D'Mario spent 10 years as a personal trainer before opening the intimately sized Akua Ba Fitness facility. D’Mario⎯a practitioner of both capoeira and meditation⎯motivates his students by constantly highlighting the transitive property of mental mastery. His group classes often focus on muscle confusion, a methodology which challenges muscles to adapt to new resistance by mixing up routines and administering algebraic pop quizzes. Trainees also maintain fit forms with the help of the facility's resident nutritionist and wellness coach. D'Mario is so renowned as a trainer that he has been tapped by The Doctors to help guests lose weight and get fit on an upcoming program.