Two Wheel Adventures owner Chris Carr's love of motorcycles has driven him to adventures including becoming the 2011 AHRMA Middleweight Superbike National Champion, careening into authordom with Street Riding Secrets, and bestowing his knowledge of motorcycle handling on budding enthusiasts with a series of introductory classes. Together with a team of moto-enthusiasts, he leads courses that run the gamut from two-hour introductions to motorcycling or scooter skills to two-day basic riding courses, motorcycle street-savvy sessions, and licensing courses. For certain courses, students can borrow one of the motorcycles from Two Wheel Adventures' stable of 250cc Kawasaki Ninjas, Honda Nighthawks, and Yamaha XTs, rather than scrounging up a borrowed bike or attaching a motor to a unicycle.
The instructors at Masterpiece Mixers Paint & Party Studio supply the canvases, paints, and brushes, requiring visitors to bring only their creativity. At studios located around Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and Massachusetts, they lead all-level painting classes that last up to 1.5 to 3 hours and focus on subjects ranging from the natural, such as birds and flowers, to still-life guitars, vases, and wine bottles. In some themed sessions, instructors also teach groups to paint abstract pieces or create their own variations on famous landscape paintings that, unlike the originals, can include dinosaurs. Some sessions follow a special date-night structure. At every location, the staff members encourage visitors to bring their own wine, beer, and snacks if desired.
Some aspiring thespians think acting just comes easily, then discover the terror of stage fright. Other seemingly accomplished actors assume TV and film acting is a cinch, until they freeze up in the light, miss their mark, and lament their lack of proper training. And many just want to get over those first hurdles of confidence before they start dreaming of their name in lights. It's hard to get a turtle, or an Oliver, out of its shell, but Aimee Peters—the head coach of The Actor's Scene—has that gift. In basic courses for beginners and extensive advanced courses for those who eat monologues for breakfast, The Actor's Scene tackles not only the nuts and bolts of performance and camera-readiness, but also the rods and grommets necessary to make industry connections, land a good agent, and tower above the rest. The Actor's Scene has also scored a slew of accolades, including local School of the Year awards and an Outstanding Arts Award from Northwestern Oklahoma State University for owner Nicolle Campbell.
"The essence of yoga and meditation is about a very simple thing—your happiness." So says Swamiji, the founder of Yoga In Daily Life. Originally from rural Rajasthan, India, he has shared the teachings of yoga since 1972, when he moved from India to Europe. Swamiji based Yoga In Daily Life on the original teachings and traditions of yoga, but focused it to meet modern needs.
Yoga in Daily Life is designed to gradually and systematically prepare the body and mind leading from gentle stretches towards more advanced and difficult postures. The classes emphasize four aspects of yoga: relaxation, yoga postures, breathing practice, and meditation. Today, the system is taught in over 3,000 locations in more than 26 countries around the world in an effort to promote harmony for the body, mind, and soul. The Buford center has been offering classes since 1999.
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.
Legacy Family Fitness makes getting into shape a simple matter of choice. Members can opt to spend their time using strength and cardio equipment, or they can join one of the gym’s many studio classes. Basic yoga and Pilates, cardio kickboxing, and Zumba are all included with membership. For those seeking personalized attention, Legacy’s armada of highly qualified personal trainers can shape workouts to individual needs and fitness goals.