With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
American Health Fitness Centers has welcomed Fort Wayne residents in pursuit of fitness for more than 50 years, stocking two locations with free weights, cardio television areas, and a congenial staff. The North Clinton Street location's indoor pool hosts aerobics sessions for low-impact, aqueous workouts and a whirlpool for high-impact relaxation sessions, and the center on Illinois Road magnifies muscles with a full Hammer Strength strength-training room. Body-sculpting group classes at each locale guide limbs through step maneuvers, Pilates poses, and dumbbell heaves. For additional fees, certified personal trainers steer physiques through custom programs and the gyms' childcare services entertain youngsters with barbell juggling ($2/day per child).
Opening doors for 24 hours a day, seven days a week is an exhausting proposition for any doorman, unless he's a robot. That's why Anytime Fitness—having redirected its robot budget into tanning beds, and cardio equipment with built-in TVs—installed a keycard-activated security system instead. The electronic guardian keeps gym members secure while admitting them at any time of day or night for their workouts.
During daylight hours, certified instructors incinerate calories with group fitness classes or Latin-inspired Zumba dancercise. Personal trainers coach clients in one-on-one sessions, tailoring regimens to each individual's level of fitness, past injuries, or number of tentacles. To relax after workouts, staffed tanning beds stand by to bronze bodies.
Fueled by their passion to share their creative talents with the surrounding community, the instructors of Wine and Canvas transport painting parties to local venues, business events, or private elopement parties. Providing brushes, canvases, and paints, they'll teach students ranging from novices to slightly above novices to create a themed painting, which may take the form of flowers, a tropical landscape, or a re-creation of a masterwork. Sip on wine while brushing and blending and complete a finished piece that you can take home or surreptitiously swap with a Botticelli at the local art museum.
Artist Mike Buszuwski wanted to create “an inspirational place for kids to come and explore art.” Thus, Painting Fun Spot was born. He and his artistic staff equip artists of all ages with all the necessary supplies—nontoxic, USA-made plaster pieces, paints, sealants, and paintball guns—to create colorful sculptures in a relaxed, kid-friendly studio complete with booster seats and pint-sized aprons. Vibrant walls and an undersea mural inspire creativity during studio time, summer camps, and parties and help budding artists bestow blank plaster canvases with hand-painted masterpieces.
Painting Fun Spot also hosts painting fun art classes, during which instructor Tonya Warnke Buszuwski, a professional artist with works in collections throughout the U.S., instructs adults in the finer points of pigment placement. She leads students step by step through a selected canvas work, capturing the tranquility of an impressionistic Tuscan countryside, the bold hues of a cross, or a trio of tulips playing poker with a basset hound.
At Masters of Cosmetology College, apprentice aestheticians practice their newfound know-how by spiffing up customers with soothing spa services. First, the neophyte pamperers—who are supervised by state-licensed instructors—will deep-condition clients' hair and scalp with a moisturizing lotion, setting them under a steamer until their eyes turn red to show that they're done (a $15 value). A few scissor chop-chops will unleash a brand new 'do as the students test their tonsorial talent on visiting heads of hair (an $8 value). Then, they'll use an exfoliating ultrasonic brush to deal with dry skin during a Clarisonic facial (a $16 value) and back facial (a $14 value) before delivering a full-body massage (a $25 value). A skin-caressing makeup application (a $10 value) and a finger-tickling manicure (a $5 value) are like the icing on a cake made of daydreams about cake. While the seven services can be spread out over two days, lunch from a local restaurant is only provided once (a $10 value).