Back in 1972, Pat Koelker and Nancy Wilds founded Aiken Center for the Arts in the hopes that it would become a haven for creatives of all stripes. Far exceeding their expectations, these days the center and studio offers a wide assortment of classes, a juried exhibition for artists of all ages, lectures, and even concerts. Kids' classes foster creativity in a variety of media, ranging from weeklong camps for children aged 4?13, to intensive study for high-school students, to six-week guitar classes for kids as young as 6. Meanwhile, adults can enroll in painting classes or drop in for a wine and canvas class, wherein they're challenged to not drink from the paint-water cup.
At CrossFit Aiken, the medicine balls come in several spherical sizes. Their diversity, which allows guests of all fitness levels to heft and throw their weight, reflects the gym's two major goals: customization and variety. Each CrossFit workout conducted in the space can be scaled to suit a total newcomer as well as a seasoned athlete. Certified trainer Brent Eno leads his students through barbell lifts, gymnastics movements, and a host of calisthenics during the Workout of the Day, or WOD, remaining mindful of everyone's limitations and prioritizing safe form. In fact, he requires new patrons to attend an introductory assessment class, which illustrates the proper techniques for CrossFit's repertoire of moves.
When CrossFit Aiken's staff members aren't leading guests through pull-ups, kettlebell swings, or rowing-machine piloting. Additionally, the staff teaches yoga classes that keep physiques limber in between the one-hour Workouts of the Day.
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At Achieve Fitness, exercise goes beyond an extensive selection of cardio machines and strength-training equipment. In addition to these solo workouts, the gym also offers group fitness classes such as Zumba, a Latin-inspired aerobic dance party, and Les Mills's barbell-based BodyPump. A squad of personal trainers remains on hand to help clients zero in on specific goals, whether they'd like to lose weight or gain the strength to impress potential employers with a few pull-ups before the interview. Achieve Fitness also accommodates exercisers with kiddies in tow; members can park young ones in the nursery or Kids Zone to play, rather than arranging separate childcare for their workout.