Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Located in 19 cities nationwide, Wine and Canvas commissions accomplished artists to spread the joy of painting during informal painting classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines available for purchase. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Sing N' Sprout sessions combine elements of music, movement, and non-denominational Bible study to create a fun and energetic playtime experience for children. Traditional and original Christian songs make up the soundtrack for each of these meetings, during which kids participate in various activities that incorporate musical instruments, props, and body movements. Sing N' Sprout's mommy and me classes let parents join the spiritual party as well as meet other moms who might not always wear their "I'm a mom" shirt.
The fluorescent bulbs at Bodyworks never sleep, their reliable glow guiding members toward healthier living 24 hours a day. The gym’s trainers oversee weight machines and cardio equipment, teaching exercisers proper form during one-on-one personal-training sessions. They also lead group fitness classes. Members who wish to relax can soak up some rays in Bodyworks’ tanning salon, a 24-hour facility that shames the sun with its work ethic.
X Fitness collects the efforts and skill of four personal trainers into one intimate gym experience, which members have access to 24 hours a day. The staff teaches eight different fitness classes, including gym standards such as boot camp and more unique courses such as B.L.T., which stands for Buns, Legs, and Thighs. To complement the workout regimen, they also offer 24-hour tanning services and personal training during normal business hours.
Specializing in Olympic-style tae-kwon-do training, Sioux Falls Martial Arts Academy hosts an array of fitness and martial-arts classes that focus on technique and form, enabling students to expand their hapki-do horizons. Fledgling martial artists and practiced black belts alike can train in 40 group classes of their choosing, ranging from tae kwon do, combat hapki-do, Zumba, weapons classes, self-defense, and kickboxing¬¬, not to be confused with alleyway box kicking. Upon arriving at the first class, students will be given a defenseless, 40-session punch card to keep track of classes attended. After attending 40 classes, students can meet with a fitness trainer to assess progress and receive personal training. Check the schedule for course offerings.