Each piece of Life Fitness and Hammer Strength equipment is designed to sculpt and tighten a different part of the body. You can try them all at The Gym at Bloomfield Crossing, LLC, where members make the rounds on weight machines or burn calories on treadmills with personal TV monitors. Instructors guide groups through fitness classes such as yoga and Zumba in expansive workout rooms, and servers pour replenishing protein shakes at the juice bar.
Roots Gymnastics' safety-certified coaches, some of whom have competed internationally, use gymnastics as a tool to help children to grow physically, socially, and emotionally. They begin teaching boys and girls at age 12 months in Little Sprouts programs, which build coordination and balance. In recreational programs for ages 6-18, the instructors instill more advanced skills as kids catch some air on in-ground trampolines and foam pits. In addition to gymnastics, coaches instruct in areas such as free running, wrestling, and pommel-horse grooming. They also form competitive teams for a variety of different skill levels. Roots Gymnastics boasts 19,000 square feet packed with Olympic-quality equipment. The gym includes four in-ground trampolines, a rope swing, and two foam pits.
The taut canvas sinks under the weight of two sock-clad feet, stretching its coiled spring fasteners to their limit before rebounding and jettisoning the acrobat skyward. High-flying stunts abound at The Trampoline Place, where 10 competition-style trampolines let gymnasts and fun seekers attempt new airborne flips, spins, and toe touches. The gym boasts safety harnesses and pads to provide a safety net for those trying out new techniques, and the USA Gymnastics–certified staff offers lessons for those trying to bolster their trampoline skills.
A bounty of physiological, psychological, and sociological research comes to fruition in My Gym Stamford’s kids’ fitness programs. Appropriate for children as young as 6 weeks and as old as 13 years, classes explore different genres of fitness, such as tumbling and hanging, sports and gymnastics, cardio and yoga. But the one thing they all share is the philosophy that fitness and agility should go hand in hand with social and cognitive development.
At Kids U, upbeat instructors camouflage learning as playtime. They invite youngsters and parents into a kid-size gym that jump starts imagination with vibrant colors and a multitiered PlayQuad. The 17-foot playground spans 2,000 square feet of indoor space, where children explore tunnels and soar in swings. At classes, teachers inject freestyle play with structure while still allowing for creativity. The small, laid-back sessions cover subjects that range from gymnastics to cooking and building with LEGOs, all while interweaving themes such as teamwork and motor skills. The instructors pioneer similar subjects in three-hour day camps, molded around the Summer Olympics. Kids U's parties combine the fun center's two signature styles of recreation—freestyle fun in the PlayQuad and ordered activities—according to chosen themes, which, like concepts kicked around for the White House Correspondents' dinner, include Rock Star and Pajama Party.