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.
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).
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.
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.
Cardinal Fitness provides a throng of workout amenities in a fully equipped epicenter of exercise. Bolster blood-pumping organs with sophisticated cardio equipment while buttressing biceps and shaping solar plexuses on top-notch strength-training equipment. Although Austrian bodybuilders have pumped the world's iron supply to dangerously low levels, Cardinal still provides enough of the strength-fortifying mineral for a wide array of free weights. Your fitness assessment and personal training session will give you a jump-start at the gym and enhance subsequent workouts by providing you with information on the best exercises for your body, as well as individualized advice for achieving fitness goals.
City Blends Smoothie Cafe offers fresh fruit concoctions to quench thirsts of every sort, whether you crave a sweet slurpable to start your day, a protein-packed beverage to help you recharge after a strenuous workout, or a low-sugar bribe for your dentist. If you're watching your figure, swap out an afternoon snack for a SlenderU Lite smoothie, loaded with raspberries, pineapple, strawberries, and burner protein ($4.47, 16 oz.). For something more indulgent but still boasting health benefits, slurp the Oreos-Over Manhattan, made with magic milk, chocolate syrup, Oreos, and gainer protein ($4.75, 16 oz.). Metabolisms quiver at the very sight of the Elvis, which shakes up the classic chocolate, peanut butter, and banana combination with the addition of burner protein ($4.75, 16 oz.).