Round Rock Art Cooperative's knowledgeable instructors, Laura Green and Joey Roberts, orchestrate creative and social shindigs during a schedule of classes and workshops that furnish all needed materials. During Ladies' Night paintathons, both women and men unwind at workstations in the studio, where smocks cradle drips of primary colors to sleep as paintbrushes line dance across a medium of choice, such as clay, paper, or canvas. If desired, guests can fuel imaginations with snacks and spirited beverages from home.
Fitness 19 chisels existing humans into shapely body sculptures with a wide array of cardio, weight, and resistance-training equipment from quality manufacturers such as Life Fitness. Members feast on the gym's cornucopia of workout machines, pumping up their pulses on the elliptical cross-trainers and preparing for an elevator-free postapocalyptic future on the stairclimbers. Muscle-chasers can make use of a mélange of free weights, along with benches, power racks, and Smith-assisted squat machines. Fitness 19's workout gurus share exercise expertise based on their protégés' goals in the one-on-one personal-training sessions. For an extra fee, parents can access the gym's supervised kids' room, where tykes can play with a treasure trove of games and toys while their guardians strive toward a muscle-bound horizon.
The Yoga Room founder Zelinda Yañez strives, along with a team of certified instructors, to make yoga accessible to everyone with accommodating classes geared toward beginners and more seasoned students. The studio’s schedule includes classes such as Hatha I, where instructors help fledging flexers become accustomed to linking physical postures together with deep breathing techniques. Relax & Restore yoga students engage in restorative poses and guided meditation designed to improve relaxation, flexibility, and straitjacket-escape plans. Pilates's efficient floor exercises also help bolster the abdominals. The conditioning practice requires mental concentration and breath control as mat mavens flow through a range of total-body toning moves, resulting in bodies adorned in lean muscle not unlike a birthday cake frosted in vanilla protein shake.
Planet Fitness embodies a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can sculpt their physiques with myriad aerobic and strength-training options within a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Patrons may chisel, strengthen, and balloon muscles by pushing and pulling the extensive selection of brand-name equipment and free weights. With the help of a trained instructor, guests can design a custom workout program based on exercise history, medical background, and goals of completing an underwater bicycle race. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and others promote salubrious bodies with full-body circuit workouts designed to give each and every lackadaisical muscle a Popeye-like infusion of metaphorical spinach.
It’s sometimes incredible to fathom just how many people are behind one movie: you need a group to write a script, draw up storyboards, direct, act, hold the camera, do makeup...the list goes on. Casting all these roles is a familiar task to Suezean Matarazzo and Nicholle Walton-Durban, both veterans of the film industry. At Austin Film and Arts Academy, they teach elementary- through high school-aged students how to collaborate on a short movie of their own.
In the academy's main digital filmmaking course, students go from developing their ideas to shooting and lighting each scene on location. While they focus on the bigger picture, other participants refine more specialized skills, such as choreographing stunts, creating horror makeup, or keeping the crew away from craft service before lunch.
Classes stay small, so the academy's roster of instructors and guest speakers—such as casting agents and stuntmen—can grant each student personalized attention. Every session culminates in a final project, such as auditioning on camera or, in the case of digital filmmaking, receiving a DVD of your movie along with a customized poster.
The best way to learn a new skill is to do it. And at the Austin Institute for Massage & Spa Therapies, professional therapists—who work in the field every day—inspire students during the massage mastery program. Students explore massage techniques alongside lessons in anatomy as a part of an extensive, comprehensive curriculum that culminates in official licensing from the state of Texas.
The institute's director and co-founder, Raul Flores, has worked tirelessly in the field since 1991—in practice, consulting, and education. He and his team have created a spa-like atmosphere within a 3,500-square-foot space where students get hands-on experience in real-life scenarios, such as in one of nine massage rooms, near an aromatherapy bath, or in the drawing room with the candelabra.