The team of professionals at Body Image Solutions—a center devoted to health, beauty, and wellness—works to beautify bodies inside and out with aesthetic laser services and a full-service medical spa.
Elsewhere at Body Image Solutions, its advanced lasers target imperfections lurking just below the skin's surface with treatments such as spider vein therapy and laser hair removal with Candela GentleYAG and Gentlelase PRO devices. Clients who cast their eyes spa-ward might catch a glimpse of professional makeup applications using Jane Iredale products or pouts that are freshly plumped thanks to injectables such as Botox and Juvéderm. In addition to its routine aesthetic enhancements and skin-tightening treatments, Body Image Solutions offers acne treatments and intense pulsed light treatments to remove and brown pigmentation caused by sun damage, all with the help of the advanced Candela GentleLase. Body Image Solutions also offers top-of-the-line pharmaceutical skin care products from brands such as Obagi, Skin Ceuticals, and Latisse. Facials, microdermabrasion, macrodermabrasion (salt-a-peel), chemical peels, and back facials are also available.
More akin to a small, self-contained town than a fitness center, each of Spectrum Fitness’s seven locations kowtows to packed schedules and multitasking parents. A slew of classes arranges social body blasting—customers can tone their torsos with squats, presses, and curls in a BodyPump barbell class or sweat in spinning classes atop a stationary bike equipped with pursuit-style handlebars, adjustable resistance, and a front-mounted E.T. Members of Spectrum Fitness can swing by its Central location and trot on the treadmill until dawn. They can drop off their tykes at the childcare center and take a yoga or kickboxing class. And they can follow a swim by basking in the bronzing light of the tanning bed before sauntering up to the Pro Shop for smoothies.
The staff takes great pains to accommodate newcomers of all ages, levels, and car-stacking abilities. Personal trainers concoct customized fitness regimens during solo and group training sessions, and Silver Sneakers and water aerobics classes bring seniors into the fitness fold.
Strangely enough, it was Maria Prochaska Boudreaux's baby daughter who first spread the word about her art. When her daughter was born, Maria painted a mural in her room. Friends who stopped by to see the newborn became entranced by the piece, and soon they were requesting murals in their homes, too. Maria did them one better: she opened up her own art business, where she sells her work and hosts art classes for all ages.
During these classes, she teaches students how to make textured paintings with layers of color that create 3-D ridges on the canvas. One of her more popular classes is the Women, Wine, & Whatever series, a three-hour session complete with a BYOB policy. Guests paint whatever they desire on an 11"x14" canvas while Maria provides basic instruction on brushstroke techniques and how to keep hungry raccoons away from your still-life portraits. She also hosts children's birthday parties and painting classes with set subjects, which range from stylized fleurs-de-lis to flowers, butterflies, and even crawfish.
Look Studios & Gallery’s team tutors all levels of students in realistic brush strokes and drawing techniques during classes focused on accurately depicting the human form. By discouraging participants from copying each other or hiring an art student intern to paint for them, the staff nurtures creativity and allows it to bloom during intimate BYOB classes. Here, they guide students through the basics to interpret a preselected image using provided materials. In addition to teaching portrait and human figure classes, owner Juliet Lockwood holds summer retreats for artists who paint seascape-inspired pieces during a one- to two-week stay in a Gloucester cottage.
Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (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 a bulk-building army 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.
American bears are settling into hibernation in colder climates, so there's no better time for humans to gain physical superiority. Today’s Groupon gives you 14 day passes to your local Spectrum Athletic Club for $39 (normally $25 each)—that's less than $3 per day. You can come and go as you please each day you use a pass, so stop in for a morning workout and come back after work for an evening class.800 nanometers: Looks sort of like red, but if you stare at it for more than a few seconds, you throw up corn even if you’ve never eaten corn.900 nm: Ghosts become visible, but only ghosts of boring people.1000 nm: Bees can see this wavelength, which allows them to detect and sting only people who are allergic to bee stings.2000 nm: You’d see a childhood version of yourself who frequently chastises you for weaknesses.3000 nm: You can see those who society has made invisible, like drifters and public criers.
A fitness center with three experienced, certified trainers, BRfit tailors each new member's workout according to individual problems diagnosed during a functional movement screening. The screening roots out irregular movement patterns, then prescribes exercises and stretches to correct any problems caused by having a crab torso or cherub wings. Group training is divided into two phases. The first employs a brigade of exercises to roust degenerate muscles detected in the screening. The second phase is a workout that takes the body on a heart-pumping metabolic thrill ride that lasts 40 minutes and ends with the police chief giving back your badge and gun. Personal training sessions hew exercise even more closely to personal goals and movement screening results. Group sessions must be used within four weeks of your first visit; consult the schedule to find sessions that don't conflict with your visit to the offworld colonies.
Baton Rouge Guitar Lessons harnesses the talents of its lead guitar guru Micah Lipsmeyer, a full-time musical marvel skilled in composing and performing, to teach his trade to neophytes and experts of all ages. Lipsmeyer and BRGL's equally skilled staff of six-stringers enforce positive habits, encourage setting and reaching goals, and promote students moshing their way through musical barriers. Whether pupils learn by sound, sight, or headbanging, BRGL will ensure pick-wielders receive instruction tailored to each individual's capacity. Budding chord virtuosos should bring along a guitar or rent one from the studio for $10 per week. Check out the FAQ before scheduling a private string-plucking session.
Yoga Bliss elongates muscles and empowers equilibrium through a range of tailored stretching sessions, with several frequently offered course types and more than 35 sessions on the weekly schedule. The Ashtanga Primary Series, derived from meditative Hatha yoga, bolsters spiritual as well as spinal alignment, and hot yoga melts away stressors including toxins, muscle tension, and ice sculptures shaped like childhood bullies. Neophytes begin their evolution into veteran yogis with Basics seminars, and the gentle/restorative session's slow motions and measured breathing accommodate aspiring back-benders with injuries sustained during previous workouts or backyard wrestling matches. Students can stretch out on their own mat or rent one from the studio for an additional $2.
Snap Fitness enables muscle farmers to exercise efficiently with top-of-the-line cardio and strength training equipment, providing exercisers with a refreshing change of pace from meat-market gyms and tough elementary schoolyards. Members can also take advantage of tanning beds to bronze biceps and the Cardio TV theater, which distracts stationary runners and cyclers with moving pictures. Though 24-hour access keys are not included in today's Groupon, members can purchase them for an extra $30 to arrive at Snap super late and pretend to workout in an Edward Hopper painting, or pound the treadmill at four in the morning and get pumped to host a morning shock-jock radio show.
Create Studios' hands-on crafting classes nurture students' inner artist while teaching skills that can be used to replicate projects at home. Owner and instructor Tanya Ruffin draws from her master's degree in art history and BFA in fine arts to helps students unwind and create within an informal studio. All classes are designated as "make and partake," allowing students to bring in any food and drinks they'd like, including bottles of wine, snacks, or entire flash-fried buffaloes.
Each two- to three-hour class brings home and body accessories to life, turning provided materials into everything from a stained-glass mosaic to steampunk-style jewelry. Wine glasses are a particularly popular medium; students learn to paint them with enamel or etch them with designs. Another popular option is Pop Art Your Pet. During this class, students create four panes of vivid, pop art colors that depict their pet with an Andy Warhol flare.
Experienced photo gurus Doug Box and Randy Kerr impart practical photo skills to curious shutterbugs during engaging seminars that have appeared across the States and in eight countries abroad. Doug Box, author of myriad photography-technique books, is one of 13 Kodak mentors and is the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His co-teacher, Randy Kerr, heads World Photographic, which uses photography as a vehicle for illuminating humanitarian and environmental topics. Both men have been teaching photography classes for years and help amateurs take photos that capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings.
At Work/Shop, art and commerce hold hands and skip across a sunny, flower-filled meadow. Work/Shop's local and national instructors labor with love, offering classes to students of all skill levels that cover how to draw from live models, pen one's thoughts, and throw clay pots through windows with gusto. Art aficionados can sharpen their scrutiny with critique nights, art-appreciation classes, and quarterly exhibitions. Members renew their creative vigor with seven-day access to the studio, discounts on materials, and ample storage space. On the shop side of the studio, artists and guests can browse through work created on-site and support Work/Shop's endeavors by purchasing a piece.
Inside Koko FitClub’s tranquil workout studio, orange-and-white cardio and weight machines wait quietly for a guest's unique Koko key to bring them to life. The key, packed with information about guests' exercise history, goals, and favorite TV shows, loads up a fully custom 30-minute workout for each visit. Exercises are carefully broken down in easy-to-follow instructions, adapting as guests progress and spouting pep talks when energy wanes.
Designed by experienced trainers, the programs are designed to build muscle and torch fat in all areas of the body. To watch success unfold, guests can chart their progress from a store of information accumulated during each session, which also allows guests to map their performance at home.
Staying busy is a way of life for Joel Willson. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, his specialties include piano, violin, guitar, and mandolin. As a teacher, he's instructed high-school master classes and served as an elementary school artist-in-residence. He channels these dual passions at Baton Rouge Music Lessons, where he teaches keys and strings while his wife, Amy, handles flute. The pair's studio accommodates private and group lessons, which enrich each student's musical knowledge by dabbling in a variety of styles, including classical, country, and jazz.