Family Fitness Hot Spots

Fitness, Motivation
on July 31, 2009

Hoopnotica Hoop Dance
Washington, D.C.
Hoopnotica Hoop Dance isn't just a throw back to the hula hooping 70s-it's one of the newest ways to have fun with your family, get your heart pumping and tone your core, arms, chest, hips, butt and legs. In the class, which takes place in local parks (in Arlington and Alexandria, Va. as well as DC), you and your swivel your hips to music while learning moves like "corkscrews" and "halos." Details: (571) 235-6374,

Next Generation Yoga
La Jolla, Calif.
Yogis big and small will enjoy this family-oriented studio (also in Carlsbad and Encinitas) in which instructors guide you through age-appropriate yoga poses, animated breathing exercises and soothing relaxation techniques. A class for 2-4 year olds, for example, includes picture books and puppets; the session for 8-10 year olds incorporates fun partner poses. Yoga mats, relaxation blankets, eye pillows and other props are clean and ready for little ones. Details:

Children's Fitness Place
Oakville, Conn.
Developed by an occupational therapist, this kid's gym offers family fitness classes like Boxing for Fun and Families and Fitness Fun and Family, which uses kid-friendly equipment like the Sportwall, an interactive light-up wall that challenges kids' jumping and agility. Nutritional assessments for the whole family are also available. Details: (860) 945-1301 or (860) 945-9226.

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