Relaxing and working out don't usually go hand-in-hand, but things aren't usual at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers. As soon as visitors set foot in the Mind Body Studio, they're set at ease by a modern lounge area, which boasts sleek bamboo floors, exposed brick walls, and sprigs of verdant plants. Inside the workout space, classes such as yoga and the barre method emphasize the mind-body connection. The Nalini Method classes also push students toward inner harmony with a combination of Pilates, aerobics, barre work, and yoga, helping students de-stress while toning limbs and burning calories without ever tossing any cheesecakes into open flames.
At Sportsplex, lines of gleaming strength and conditioning machines stand ready to help exercisers transform their bodies. When clients aren't lifting dumbbells and bars or swimming in a pool that uses the chlorine-free SaltPure system, they can work out with personal trainers or in small-group Group Jamz sessions, or play squash on the on-site courts.
Since its founding nearly a century ago, the Stamford Jewish Community Center (JCC) has served as a focal point for the local Jewish community and a welcoming educational and fitness center for visitors of all faiths and backgrounds. Here, kids can play in early childhood classes, or learn to swim with youth aquatics lessons in the indoor pool. Forge new friendships with teammates in the JCC's adults softball and basketball leagues, or fill your brain with new knowledge during the center's frequent film festivals and cultural events.
As an alternative to subpar swimming lessons at overcrowded public pools, Marina Montes founded urSwim. Instructors travel to private residences to teach Adult Swimmers and Little Swimmers lessons. The company also provides a Rent-A-Lifeguard service, which telegraphs certified lifeguards to private events, such as pool parties and annual Marco Polo tournaments.
With a lineup of helpful, certified trainers and a diverse fitness-class selection, Energy Fitness & Wellness is equipped to assist patrons of all shapes and sizes in achieving stronger, healthier bodies. Energy takes pride in building a distinguished personal training program so that those pumping iron solo can enlist their friendly floor advisors for assistance with the machines or to learn new free-weight exercises to vary their routines. For a dose of camaraderie and accountability, patrons can hone their strength, endurance, and flexibility during group classes, such as Pilates, hot yoga, spinning, and Zumba.
Guests at Energy Fitness & Wellness can work out knowing they're giving Mother Nature a break by supporting a facility that runs on solar electric power and radiant heat. Its rooms also boast recycled bamboo flooring and a fresh-air ventilation system. Outdoors, the 3,000-square-foot turf lawn hosts boot-camp classes.
The Rocky Ledge Swimming Association provides a tranquil place to swim, play outdoors, and bond with friends for member families. Set in an 8-acre wooded site, the 343,000-gallon pool ranges from 3 to 12 feet with open space, laps, and two slides. Children and teens ages 5?17 can aquatically spar by joining the association's swim team. After a frolicking in the water, families can play basketball, volleyball, or horseshoes at outdoor courts or set up lunch at the picnic tables. The club also sponsors crafts and Bingo along with parties for kids and adults with live music and swimming under the stars. On weekends, the association offers ping pong tournaments, water balloon toss, and t-shirt tie-dying, and for an additional fee pre-teen parties, scavenger hunts, lobster bake, and an adult splash party with live music.