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).
After a decade of honing his craft in the solitude of his garage, Eran Park realized he would need his own studio. A stint in a shop taught him the importance of learning from his peers, and a visit from a dozen field tripping daycare students made him anxious for a more professional setup. Since successfully opening The Glass Park, Eran continues to hone his skills while showcasing his works, from spheres swirled with brilliant colors to beads ready for games of psychedelic mancala. The experienced artisan also shares the techniques of his craft with new students, and hosts fellow artists looking to provide their own workshops.
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.
No matter their age or chosen discipline of dance, students can practice and learn their art at K. Monique's Studio of Dance. Instructors lead classes in a variety of styles, including jazz, lyrical and modern dance, hip-hop, ballet, and tap. Instructors also lead a number of fitness and health conscious classes, which range from Zumba to Pilates, Piloxing crossover classes that fuse Pilates and boxing, and boot camps that help burn calories with interval training drills.
Jazzercise, a funk-fueled, head-to-toe regimen, is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Class formats are as varied as the workouts themselves. At the Wallen Road location, there are Jazzercises geared toward sculpting your bod, as well as dance-circuit training to help you get those arms you asked for last Christmas. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
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.