Within Equalize Fitness’s cavernous interior, the sounds of whirring cardio machines joins with the high-energy music blasting from a group fitness class to create a dynamic soundtrack. Guests can strengthen and tone muscles during more than 15 classes, peddling to freedom in the cycling classes, or kicking out aggression and latent high-kicks during cardio kickboxing classes. Children can get a workout, too, in the Kids Club that boasts tot-sized amenities, complete with a changing room and lockers. When not exercising, guests can relax at the juice bar, slurping down nutrient-dense smoothies while indulging in the free WiFi.
Classes at La Piazza di Carolina marinate students in the language and culture of Italy, preparing families for vacations abroad and instilling a foundation of bilingualism in young children. The cooking workshop invites pint-sized sous chefs to gather around the table of a kitchen classroom to learn basic Italian cooking terminology while crafting classic Italian dishes and conjugating verbs to a golden brown. Tiny aprons and toques transform apprentices into confident spaghetti slingers as they knead pizza dough, blend ricotta fillings, and craft tiramisu, all while learning Italian translations for ingredients and techniques. Parting gifts include the day’s recipes and Italian vocab flashcards made out of pizza.
Rising Stars Performing Arts Company founder and artistic director Laura A. Rizzo knows firsthand the benefits of a fine-arts education. Wielding a master’s degree in educational theater and dance from New York University as well as experience on and off Broadway, she has helmed more than 130 children’s shows in which she's helped youngsters develop social skills, increase their community awareness, and spice up dinner conversation with iambic pentameter. Rizzo and her staff of instructors from diverse performance backgrounds lead students toward their artistic goals, whether they dream of dancing competitively or joining the cast of a Broadway musical.
Retro Fitness makes it easy to escape from the burn of your workout. In the movie theater, blockbusters are broadcast on a big screen in front of cardio machines; individual machines in the main space have their own 17-inch high-definition TVs with more than 30 channels. But hardcore exercisers might want to focus all their attention on the heart-pumping and strength-building equipment, which bears top-notch brand names including Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, and Intek. Either way, Retro Fitness makes gym visits a breeze with a number of amenities, including a smoothie bar, a pro shop, onsite childcare, tanning, and locker rooms with showers.
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.
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.