When the Douglas J Aveda Institute opened in Knoxville in 2011, it joined a family of institutes and salons that Douglas Weaver started in the 1960s. Here, Aveda students pursue certification in cosmetology and esthiology while practicing their craft on real clients under the supervision of licensed educators. And because students perform the services, the rates are lower than at traditional salons. The Knoxville treatment menu includes hair design—cuts, color, retexturizing—as well as Aveda’s Elemental Nature facials, pedicures, and manicures.
The Institute is inside the historic S&W Grand building, a handsome art-deco landmark that, like a compassionate fairy-tale prince, is equally handsome on the inside. The spa rooms have a rustic balance of exposed brick and wood paneling, and the salon’s geometric light fixtures gleam upon checkerboard tile floors and industrial shelving lined with Aveda’s signature products.
Within the walls of the One on One Athletic Club's 35,000-square-foot facility, the sounds of bouncing basketballs and whirring exercise machines reverberate in tandem with the echoing voices of motivating instructors to create a round-the-clock symphony of hustle-and-bustle. Its staff of fitness experts packs the facility, assisting clients with the professional cardio and weight-training equipment or conducting personal-training sessions. The trainers also lead a variety of group classes, from high-intensity boot camps to revitalizing yoga sessions.
The club's expansive sports courts are also home to drop-in games of recreational sports like basketball, squash, and volleyball. Outside of the workout rooms, club facilities include a smoothie bar, steam rooms, and dry sauna.
Arbor Fit Club’s menagerie of equipment lives inside a spacious, sunlit environment that resembles a hybrid between gym and health club. Life Fitness and Hammer Strength machines help build up bodies, and personal TVs affixed to cardio gear permit guests to zone out as they slim down. Group fitness classes scheduled seven days a week include Les Mills weight-training routines and yoga. Away from the workout action, sophisticated amenities await members, including a plush living-room entry lounge and keypad lockers with a holographic doberman guard system. Patrons can sip protein-enriched shakes from the juice bar as whippersnappers enjoy the supervision of professional childcare staff.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
Jump City's indoor play land works hard to live up to its name. The vibrantly colored metropolis surrounds visitors with enough inflated slides, obstacle courses, and bounce houses to make any balloon animal regret its decision to move to the suburbs.
This Groupon gently stretches your muscles and joints, a pleasant sensation sought after by every bungee cord, Laffy Taffy, and Stretch Armstrong. For $45, you get to drop into five yoga asana classes at Unity Woods anytime before December 20, a $100 value. Unity Woods is a prestigious 30-year-old yoga center with clean, spacious studios in four DC-area locations; this Groupon is good at all four: the Bethesda, Woodley Park, Tenleytown, or Arlington studios.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.