It can take an artist years to apply the right brushstrokes to a canvas, but at Corks and Canvas, it only takes one night. During each three-hour painting session, a professional artist walks classes through every step of duplicating a piece of acrylic art. Made up of participants aged 16 and older, the group classes convene at a public venue such as a restaurant. Students can buy food and drinks to snack on throughout the night or smear onto their canvas if they’re tired of painting. For scheduled sessions and private events for adults or kids, Corks and Canvas supplies canvases, paint, brushes, easels, and aprons.
Inside Aqua Salon & Spa, soft light from sconces spills over the calming blues and warm gold tones that accent the rooms where aestheticians and stylists work. Plaques with the words "Dream," "Escape," "Love," and "Live" broadcast positive vibes from atop cabinets at work stations where hairstylists cut, color, and straighten manes. Professional makeup applications help clients look their best for proms, weddings, or wedding-themed proms.
Live Fit Augusta isn?t a run-of-the-mill gym. The elliptical machines are outfitted with built-in TVs and iPod docks. The weight machines have electronic displays that keep track of exercisers' reps, rest time, and mood swings. And an in-house smoothie bar refuels members post-workout with berry-infused smoothies and protein shakes.
Certified yoga instructor Annalisa Adamsand her staff of yogis specialize in Baptiste inspired Power Vinyasa Yoga, among others, at Dancing Dogs Power Yoga. Devoid of mysticism and spiritual frills, this form of yoga emphasizes the physical and mental benefits of routine yoga practice.
CrossFit 4 Everyone’s head trainers and co-owners Julie and Joshua Miller are no strangers to intense workouts. Julie swam competitively for 13 years and Joshua is a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu and winner of several international competitions. As teachers of the CrossFit fitness methodology, they bring their commitment and experience to workouts. Instead of sport-specific activities, students build strength and agility through nontraditional exercises such as gymnastics rings, flipping giant tires, throwing medicine balls, and weightlifting. Workouts are super intense, but typically only last 20 minutes. In addition to the CrossFit regimen, Crossfit 4 Everyone also has a rock wall and offers hot-yoga classes.
The Ultimate Ride whips its clients into muscle-rippling and heart-fortifying shape with an eclectic schedule of exhilarating group fitness classes. Cyclo-philes can tone their calves in traditional spin classes as well as virtual rides classes, which feature cinematic projections of open roads winding through exotic locations such as Hawaii, Italy, and the Rockies, where wild bicycles still roam free. The Spin Flex class comprises a hybrid of cycling and full-body workout activities, and the Zumba dance-fitness class energizes and conditions clients for upcoming macarena marathons. Aspiring crew paddlers and rowboat chauffeurs can beef up with Indo-Row classes, which provide an extensive workout using indoor rowing machines. The Ultimate Ride clients need only bring a towel, a bottle of water, and—if necessary for motivation—a book filled with inspirational limericks.