The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. 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.
After struggling with stress, depression, and weight gain, Scott Yonehiro was inspired to get healthy when he realized how much his young daughter needed him. He lost more than 73 pounds and gained a wealth of knowledge about how to turn the body into a fat-burning, muscle-building machine. Today, the busy father, husband, and owner of Ballistic Body Fitness uses close to 20 years in the industry to help people reach their own goals. He tailors each plan to meet individual needs, offering a Jumpstart to Fitness program that facilitates rapid results despite an overloaded schedule, and a 90-day body-transformation challenge with a straightforward meal plan and metabolism-boosting exercises.
Starting kids as young as 12 months on the path to strength and confidence, the instructors at Fun & Fit Gymnastics hope to build foundations that will shape their students for the good. The philosophy here centers around finding the best class for each child. In that process, instructors pair kids with others of similar age and ability levels to develop not just athletic skills, but social ones too. The enormous facility also contributes to the curriculum, with a 50-foot spring-suspended tumbling floor, beams, bars, vaults, trampolines and a 5-foot-deep foam-filled pit used for fun and to enhance safety.
Most boutique fitness centers could never double as nightclubs, but The Burn Studio isn't like most fitness centers. A disco ball hangs from the 2,200-square-foot spinning studio’s ceiling, pouring rainbows of light over athletes pedaling stationary bikes. The synchronized lighting and surround-sound system create a festive workout milieu, giving participants a colorful backdrop against which to burn calories and build endurance without biking through a paint-store display. The studio’s team of instructors leads sessions seven days a week that focus on goals from burning fat to toning six-packs, building core strength, and honing better posture.
When David O'Donnell retired from the New York Fire Department, he probably thought his physically demanding days of stepping into blazing buildings, lugging around gear, and swinging pick head axes were over. And to a degree, they were. But while recovering from the injury that caused his retirement, he decided to make physical fitness a priority.
Nowadays, he's traded in the pick head axes for kettlebells at his fitness studio, The Kettlebell Gym. In addition to overseeing his students' kettlebell swings, O'Donnell and his team also oversee the techniques of another fitness training program: TRX suspension training, which teaches exercisers how to lift a two-lane suspension bridge.
A World of Color gives artists of all ages and skill levels the chance to experiment in the realm of pottery and tap into their inner artist. The instructors lead structured wheel-throwing classes for both kids and adults, introducing potters to manipulating globs of clay into graceful curving vases and bowls. During unstructured studio sessions, they encourage artists to play with color by painting one of their many pre-made ceramic pieces with provided glazes and brushes. They further incite bouts of creativity during private parties to celebrate birthdays, baby and bridal showers, or jury-duty reunions.