Each and every rung that you climb brings a new rush of excitement and anticipation. And for good reason. What waits at the top of that ladder is a trapeze platform, but more importantly, it's a chance to flip, fly, and soar through the air like a circus performer or the most attention-starved of pet parakeets. I.FLY Trapeze's instructors guide people on just these sort of journeys, and they work with
all levels—from complete beginners to seasoned flyers. Even first-timers get up in the air; during the first class, instructors can teach them to swing from their legs, let go with their hands, and catch an instructor as he or she swings from another trapeze. More and more tricks build from that moment, as long as students show up for additional sessions.
Beyond these trapeze classes, I.FLY Trapeze's instructors help people hone their strength, flexibility, and dance skills in many other aerial arts, including silks and lyra hoops (a round circle that hangs from one attachment point). They even work with students to build graceful full-scale routines set to music.
Katrina Wells was frustrated. The new mother loved spending time with her child but still longed for a place to relax and sip coffee. Family-friendly play centers had been widespread when she lived in South Florida, but they seemed entirely absent from her new home in Long Island. Undeterred, Wells took initiative and designed a business that would cater to children and their parents.
Across Le Play Cafe Indoor Play Area & Coffee Lounge's 2,000 square feet, imaginations spring to life at performance stages, dress-up areas, and pretend kitchens. A climbable play structure helps little ones to develop gross motor skills, and age-appropriate toys delight toddlers. On the other side of the play center, scents of fresh roasted coffee fill the café as parents relax, socialize, and share photos of their baby dolls. In addition to cheering children and adults, Wells' brainchild also puts a smile on Mother Nature's vine-covered face. Her eco-friendly facility boasts LED lighting and oversize windows that help to reduce energy costs.
Chicago, New York, and San Francisco—three of the biggest cities in the United States are the only cities fit for the sprawling brawl of the Men’s Health Urbanathlon. Like a sightseeing tour where heavy breathing is apropos, the Urbanathlon charters more than 10 miles of each city's terrain, embarking from landmarks such as Chicago's Soldier Field, New York's Citi Field, and San Francisco's AT&T Park.
From there, dry bibs become perspiration sponges as contestants vie for the finish line. Along the way, a series of daunting obstacles—such as police and tire barricades, monkey bars, hurdles, and stair climbs—test racers' mettle, before a finish-line blowout sends them hurdling taxi cabs and scaling city buses.
Deservedly exhausted contestants are then treated to a post-race party full of refreshing drinks and grub from local food trucks, DJs spinning dance music for wobbly legs, and free gifts from Men's Health's stable of sponsors.
Wherever someone goes at Crossfit Concrete Jungle, the coaches are sure to follow. They make sure people use the correct form during Olympic-style weightlifting and gymnastics exercises, and tailor exercises to ensure every move remains challenging. The hands-on approach to CrossFit coaching allows trainers to offer individual attention during group classes comprised of high-intensity, short interval workouts. Traditional treadmills and elliptical machines are swapped out for pull-ups bars, weighted medicine balls, and wooden plyometric boxes. Classes run daily, and also include boot-camp and boxing sessions.
It would be natural to think that the only wall climbing available to a Manhattanite is of the illegal, daredevil variety. Steep Rock Bouldering
proves that assumption wrong with its indoor rock-climbing gym, where
enthusiasts who usually find themselves teasingly surrounded by high rises, scaffolding, and New York Knicks centers can enjoy the strength-building sport. The one-story wall has plenty of routes
available for the creative climber.
At Woodmont Summer Camp's fully air-conditioned facility, and on its outdoor fields, a team runs a full-day summer camp with activities for kids aged 4 to 13. Throughout the day, kids participate in a variety of activities, including basketball, swimming, and special events. They even have a video-game area where kids who need a break from running around can run around virtually. The camp also sponsors field trips and a talent show that parents can attend to see their kids shine.