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Youth fitness classes for sporty kids in New York City

Sporty youngsters can enroll in these youth fitness classes, held at various sports complexes and venues around the city, to hone their kick, swing or swoosh. 

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    Youth fitness classes for sporty kids in New York City

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Youth fitness classes for sporty kids in New York City

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From fencing and yoga to tennis and gaga (the sport, not the Lady), these youth fitness classes offer ways for kids to stay active while having fun. An added bonus: Most of the youth fitness classes place an emphasis on fun and form rather than competing to be the next big star.Plus, three brand-new sports centers to check out.

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Amerikick Brooklyn

This national martial-arts association offers age-specific programs for fighters at all levels. Expect experienced instructors and small student-to-teacher ratios. 529 Fifth Ave at 14th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-768-8200, amerikickbrooklyn.com). 5815 Fifth Ave at 58th St, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (718-567-7099, amerikickbrooklyn.com). Fall session begins in September. Check website for tuition prices. Ages 3 and up.


Asphalt Green

With arguably the best pool in Manhattan (it has an adjustable floor that switches from shallow to deep), Asphalt Green teaches uptown kids to do everything from kicking and breathing to smashing records in the 200-meter butterfly. But the fun doesn't stop there: The sports hub's comprehensive class offerings also include soccer, flag football, basketball, baseball and martial arts. 555 E 90th St between York and East End Aves (212-369-8890, asphaltgreen.org). Fall session begins Sept 8. Fifteen classes $420 and up. Ages 4 months and up.

Asphalt Green Battery Park City
This 52,000-square-foot mega-complex, which opened in June, offers tons of kids’ programs for four-month-olds up to teens. In the center’s two state-of-the-art pools, little ones can take beginner, intermediate or advanced swim classes, join a competitive league or receive private lessons. They can also sign up for one of the numerous soccer, hockey, volleyball, multisport or kinder-gym programs; dance and fitness classes like Itsy Bitsy Yoga and Circus Arts are also highlights. And although Asphalt Green’s focus is sports, programs in nonathletic subjects like theater, cooking and language arts are also offered. 212 North End Ave between Murray and Warren Sts (212-298-2900, asphaltgreenbpc.org). Fall session begins Sept 7. Ten to fifteen classes $340–$660. Ages 4 months and up.


Bija Kids

The Brooklyn studio specializes in making yoga accessible to budding yogis of all ages. Yoga Sprouts classes introduce children ages three to eight to yoga by using comparisons to nature and anatomy; Yoga Blossoms expands upon those lessons with a deeper exploration of asana, breathing practices and yoga philosophy. Options for children under three include Yoga Seeds—a basic class that incorporates storytelling, animal poses and games into lessons on relaxation and balance. Tweens have a program of their own called Yoga Trees, where they can try more challenging poses and learn how to practice at home. 900 Fulton St between Washington and Waverly Aves, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (347-294-0653, bijakids.com). Fall session begins in September. Check website for tuition prices. Ages 12 and under.

Brooklyn Boulders

In the Brooklyn Boulders Kid’s Academy, young participants receive basic coaching as they learn to climb. Parents can rest easy, as student-to-staff ratios are low (one supervisor for every five kids). Other activities include stretching, climbing games and slacklining. 575 DeGraw St between Third and Fourth Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (347-834-9066, brooklynboulders.com). Classes run year-round. Single class $39. Ages 5 and up.

Brooklyn Bridge Fencing Club

Even kids who think a foil is something you wrap lunch in can get their inner Jedi on at this fencing club, located in an old tea warehouse in Dumbo. All classes, from beginner to advanced, are taught by Dan Kellner, a national champ and 2004 Olympian. 68 Jay St at Water St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (646-823-2529, brooklynbridgefencing.com). Fall session begins Sept 10. Four classes $125. Ages 6 and up.

BumbleBee Tennis

To teach the game to kids as young as two and a half, BumbleBee instructors use a storybook approach. As children learn tennis skills—like hand-eye coordination or hitting—they are taken on a imaginary journey through an enchanted forest. More advanced students participate in drills, practice their technique and play games. Various locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens (347-284-6061, bumblebeetennis.com). Fall session begins Sept 9. Single class $26--$45. Ages 2.5 to 14.

Chelsea Piers
The venerable athletics center, which received a makeover last fall after being damaged by Hurricane Sandy, gives kids plenty of opportunities to embrace their favorite sports. At the Field House, preschoolers and teens alike can take classes in everything from basketball and gymnastics to soccer and parkour (a noncompetitive sport involving running, climbing, jumping and acrobatic movements). At the Golf Club, kids master swing technique and short-game skills in classes with low student-to-teacher ratios, while up in the Sky Rink, young ones can tackle both figure skating and hockey techniques. W 23rd St at the Hudson River (212-336-6666, chelseapiers.com). Fall session begins Sept 3 (Golf Club), Sept 7 (Field House) and Sept 16 (Sky Rink). Seven classes $365–$385 (Golf Club), ten to seventeen classes $300–$865 (Field House), twelve classes $370–$650 (Sky Rink). Ages 3 months to 16 years.

CrossFit Kids
Trainers lead kids in bodyweight-based workouts to increase fitness, athletic skills, and general health. Little ones are separated from older kids to ensure age-appropriate exercises. CrossFit 212, 84 Franklin St between Church St and Franklin Pl (212-226-8382, 212crossfit.com). Fall session begins September 9. Seven to nine classes $200–$225. Ages 3 to 10.

Dribbi
Children learn basketball basics with more of a focus on teamwork and sportsmanship than becoming the next LeBron James. Various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn (212-717-7651, dribbl.com). Fall session begins Sept 8. Six to nine classes $300-$750. Ages 3 to 14.

Fastbreak
This youth basketball program has held residencies at several city schools, and is finally opening its own brick-and-mortar facility on the UES in September. The 8,000-square-foot, three-story space will feature a full-court gym with multiple basketball hoops and a private training area. But the center’s not limited solely to hoop-shooters—a weekend league and travel team are also offered for flag football. 1629 First Ave between 84th and 85th Sts (212-724-3278, fastbreakkids.com). Fall session begins Sept 9. Thirteen classes $450–$840 (travel teams $950–$1,550). Ages 18 months and up.

The Gaga Center

Gaga—available exclusively at this Upper East Side spot—involves an octagonal pit, a soft foam ball, running, striking, dodging and jumping. Each class begins with a warm-up followed by a strategy lesson; kids spend the rest of the hour playing the game. As they get better at gaga, kids also build skills they can use in traditional sports. 230 E 93rd St between Second and Third Aves (212-920-7884, gagacenter.com). Fall session begins Sept 16. Fifteen classes $570. Ages 3 to 12.

Imagine Swimming

Michael Phelps wannabes are in the right place to perfect their strokes. This swimming school was founded by Olympian Casey Barrett and former NCAA champ Lars Merseburg, and has counted 2012 Olympian Anthony Ervin as one of its teachers. Kids as young as six months splash around alongside parents in the Parent & Me class, eventually picking up water safety tips and stroke skills in subsequent classes before learning competitive strokes in The Strokes. More advanced students can join the Manhattan Makos swim team. Various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn (212-253-9650, imagineswimming.com). Classes offered year-round. Group lesson $40, semiprivate class $60, private lesson $80. Ages 6 months and up.

Karma Kids Yoga
Children as young as six weeks can align their chakras with classes ranging from mom-and-baby stretch sessions to teen workshops. The studio helps kids find their mental and physical balance by imitating animals, playing games and listening to stories. Various locations in Manhattan (646-638-1444, karmakidsyoga.com). Fall session begins Sept 9. Single class $10--$30, five to twenty classes $90-$500. Ages 6 weeks and up.

Kids in Sports
Budding athletes start by learning to "play nice" in sports such as baseball, lacrosse, flag football, floor hockey and more; once they've mastered sportsmanship principles, coaches gradually introduce them to the spirit of competition. For little ones who can't quite choose between the playing field and the paint box, Creative Athletes incorporates sports, storytime, socialization, and arts and crafts. Various locations in Manhattan (212-744-4900, kisnyc.com). Fall session begins Sept 11. Ten to 14 weeks $450--$1,050. Ages 1 to 12.

Manhattan Fencing Center
Kids in the center's introductory courses learn fencing basics while improving hand-eye coordination and overall fitness. Plus, kids are in good hands: This facility has trained more fencers for the 2012 Olympic games than any other school in the country. 225 W 39th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves, second floor (212-382-2255, manhattanfencing.com). Fall session begins Sept 3. Single class $40-$50, five classes $175, eight classes $400 (plus introductory package $170-$360). Financial aid available. Ages 4 to 18.

New York Capoeira Center
The first class is free at this Lower East Side studio, where Michael Goldstein (a.k.a. “Mestre Ombrinho”) teaches capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that incorporates self-defense, acrobatics, dance and sport in lively, ritualized game play. New York Capoeira Center, 107 Suffolk St between Delancey and Rivington Sts, third floor (212-677-2209, newyorkcapoeiracenter.com). Fall session begins Sept 9. Four to five classes $72 Ages 4 to 12.

92Y Gymnastics Studio in the Sky
Already a hot spot for classes, the 92Y is expanding its athletics offerings with a new indoor rooftop gymnastics facility, set to open in September. The top floor studio will offer gymnastics classes for kids, and will also introduce a competitive team track for kids ages 3 to 17, a noncompetitive exhibition team and adaptive gymnastics programs for kids with special needs. Look for supercool equipment like a tumble track, foam pit, zipline, rock wall and trapeze. 1395 Lexington Ave at 92nd St (212-415-5710, 92y.org/studiointhesky). Opens in November. Ages 1 and up.

NYC Elite
Leaping into the foam-filled “marshmallow pit” is a blast, but kids in the classes at Elite’s two locations also work on the uneven bars and balance beam and practice floor events. Trophies from the team’s many triumphs are scattered about, inspiring even the tiniest tumblers. • 100 Sixth Ave at Watts St (212-334-3628, nycelite.com). • 421 E 91st St between First and York Aves (212-289-8737). Fall session begins Sept 9. Nineteen to twenty classes $760–$1,159. Ages 9 months and up.

On Deck
The organization's series of classes for young sluggers focuses on fielding, hitting and catching as well as improving pitches. The beginners' class emphasizes developmental skills and fundamentals, while more advanced classes integrate drills and simulated games. Various locations in Manhattan (646-808-4926, ondeckny.com). Fall session begins in September. Check website for tuition prices. Ages 2 to 14.

Physique Swimming
From beginning water exploration and primary skill development to advanced swimming techniques, Physique offers classes for every kid. The littlest swimmers (ages six months to three years) can join a parent in the pool for the Me and My Shadow class. Older kids yearning for a little competition—and a whole lot of camaraderie—are encouraged to join the swim team. Various locations in Manhattan (212-725-0939, physiqueswimming.com). Fall session begins Sept 4. Eleven to thirteen classes $363 and up. Ages 6 months and up.

PopFit Kids
Kids learn about exercise and other healthy living habits at these classes, where teachers lead them in fun fitness activities that develop “the Fab Five”: cardio, strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance. Sessions also touch on topics like nutrition and meditation. Various locations in Manhattan (917-272-4128, popfitkids.com). Fall session begins September 12–Oct 15, depending on location. Six to eleven classes $200–$385. Ages 3 to 8.

Super Soccer Stars

Future fútbol players learn the fundamentals with noncompetitive classes that begin with a welcome song followed by several skill-building activities. A scrimmage game caps off each class. Once children become adept at the game, they can sign up for Super Soccer Stars Premier, an advanced program for children ages five and up, or NY Stars Premier, a traveling team for children. Various locations in the five boroughs (212-877-7171, supersoccerstars.com). Fall session begins Sept 2. Eight to fifteen classes $225–$880. Ages 2 and up.

Uptown Sports Complex

Parents can sip coffee in the caf while watching their kids bounce on the springy floor or swing a bat at this Bronx center. Tots learn gymnastic fundamentals in Toddler Beginner Gymnastics, while grade-schoolers try out the bars and beam in more advanced classes. If tumbling isn't your child's style, sign her up for one of Uptown Sports' baseball classes: The Peewee & Junior Sluggers program teaches children ages three to ten how to bat, catch, throw and run the bases. 170 W 233rd St between Broadway and the Major Deegen Expwy, Bronx (718-549-7529, uptownsportscomplex.com). Fall session begins Sept 10. Check website for tuition prices. Ages 3 and up.


Urban Golf Academy
This learn-to-golf program offers classes for three age groups: Early Birdies (4 to 6), Birdies (7 to 10) and Eagles (11 and up). Kids start by learning fundamental golf skills like proper stance and how to hold a golf club, then work their way up to more advanced concepts like scoring and clubface. Golf-centered games and activities are made kid-friendly with child-sized equipment. Various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn (917-270-7257, ktuga.com). Fall session begins Sept 9. Seven classes $375–$625. Ages 4 and up.

Yogi Beans

The new UES studio offers kids plenty of space to stretch through its Bean Yoga series, where children ages three to ten learn the practice through age-appropriate techniques, games and props. Parents and their babes bend and move together in the Me & My Bean program, while tweens and teens refine their skills in classes that put more emphasis on the correct alignment for poses. 1018 Lexington Ave between 72nd and 73rd Sts, second floor (212-585-2326, yogibeans.com). Fall classes start Sept 12. Fourteen classes $420-$630, single class $40-$50. Ages 6 weeks to 15 years.


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