In a handful of studios scattered between Charlotte, North Carolina, and Springfield, Missouri, kids express their artistic creativity under the friendly supervision of Noah’s Art instructors. Classes cover a wide variety of topics—from painting and clay sculpture to vocals-based Song Art—and are arranged by age group, allowing children to interact with peers of a similar developmental stage while engaging in philosophical musings on the meaning of parent-enforced time-outs. Instructors also teach basic art tools and techniques, such as how to properly hold a paintbrush or sculpt clay using only your mind.
Balance Fitness Studio's instructors pilot fat burners through body-trimming classes held in a studio heated to 80–85 degrees in order to make students sweat and increase their flexibility. Stretch into the Balance Restore yoga session to flow through a series of poses designed to release tension and ease the mind, or jump into the fusion belly-dance class, which uses Middle Eastern hip-swiveling techniques to create a full-body workout. The Balance Barre Method class employs the ballet barre, Pilates movements, exercise balls, and light weights to tone muscles, and the TRX class relies on the TRX suspension system used by U.S. Navy Seals and weight-conscious dolphins.
Creative Concepts! helps aspiring artists delve deep into their souls to extract valuable nuggets of artistic talent. The Canvas and Cocktails art class—offered every Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.—lets students emulate a featured piece of art (each day's painting can be seen here, guided by step-by-step instruction from insightful instructors. Canvases, paints, and brushes are all provided to help render aesthetic triumphs, be they dog portraits or abstract interpretations of census data. Of-age painting pupils are invited to bring the fermented juice of their favorite grain or fruit to sip on whilst composing their work.
Ozark Fitness Centers helps people slim down and sculpt muscle with an array of fun group fitness classes (such as dance-focused aerobic Bodyjam or the yoga body flow) and a slew of fitness equipment. Get your heart pumping on an elliptical in one of the huge cardio theaters, or use a machine with a private video screen for watching inspirational videos of strongmen bench-pressing goats. In addition to traditional equipment, women can use machines designed especially for gals in the private women’s gym. Free childcare is available in the health-conscious kidnazium playground, and the gym is open 24 hours a day during the work week. Spacious locker rooms and a smoothie bar augment workouts.
Pellegrino's School of Music & Art molds artistic minds from toddlers to adults in a variety of visual and musical mediums. Though Pellegrino's breadth of subjects is diverse—ranging from kids' art classes to college-prep musical theory—its goal is simple: teach. Rather than splitting their time between renting instruments, selling sheet music, or any number of other services, the instructors focus intently on improving students' musical and artistic abilities through group and private lessons. Pellegrino's also takes their clients' time into account, offering music lessons over Skype so students don't have to worry about driving through traffic or running a seven-minute mile with a trombone strapped to their backs to make their lessons in time.
Skype lessons are limited at this time to guitar and drum lessons.
With more than 1,800 gyms in 10 countries around the globe and 24/7 access, Anytime Fitness makes it as easy as possible for its members to get in shape. Multiple strength-training and cardio machines can build stamina, increase agility, and tone limbs to rival the crisp bicep lines of statues in a nearby park. The center’s virtual classes teach fitness disciplines such as yoga, cycling, and kickboxing. Group training brings those disciplines into 3-D. As far as amenities, private showers and HDTV are just two of the many additional touches that make Anytime Fitness a welcoming workout arena.