Head teacher and professional fine artist Amy McArthur thinks kids are capable of more than cutting shapes out of construction paper. She thinks that adults—even those who haven’t picked up a paintbrush since grade school—can create a work of decorative art worthy of hanging on any wall. Her expectations for those who pass through McArt Studio’s doors are high, but she and her fellow teachers are confident that they can give every student the skills needed to draw and paint beautifully and realistically. In personalized studio programs, students of all levels learn the techniques associated with a wide variety of media, such as oil paints and balsamic vinegar. In addition to these intensive programs, kids can voyage to the studio for field trips, camps, and parties, and thirsty grownup painters can attend BYOB Creative Sips sessions.
The certified trainers and healthcare professionals at Foundation Strength & Conditioning believe that when people move better, they feel better. That's why they offer functional fitness classes, chiropractic treatments, and rehabilitative services designed with individual clients in mind. Foundation shares a 20,000-square-foot facility with SoCal Athletics and SoCal Volleyball, so clients always have weights to lift and a volleyball to be their new best friend.
Fun Dabbles brings out children's inner creativity, freeing them to express themselves in a variety of media, from wrapped canvases to hand-painted pottery to personalized glitter tattoos. Kids choose their own fragrances for custom soaps and form candles with molds shaped like stars, hearts, and more. Birthday parties augment the creative activities with festive additions, such as playtime in the jump zone, balloons, pizza, and cake.
Instructors never run out of steam at BODYROK. It’s their job to keep the atmosphere upbeat and encourage students to push through their demanding Sculpt and Cycle classes. The 40-minute Sculpt classes heighten the core-toning effects of Pilates with cardio exercises on individual Proformer machines. The Proformer's resistance can be adjusted to accommodate any fitness level so first-time students can follow the workout and veterans can continue to challenge themselves. In Cycle classes, students hop atop Scwhinn A.C. Performance Indoor Cycle Trainers that use magnets to generate resistance instead of forcing riders to pedal through tubs of yogurt. The two workouts collide in the 50-minute Sculpt and Cycle class as students hop from Proformers to Schwinns for a blend of lower body- and core-focused training.
The patter of gloves against heavy bags and the paced breathing of circling sparring partners fills The Boxing Club with energy. That's amplified by trainers, who lead classes in everything from cycling to kickboxing. There's muay thai, for example, an MMA fighting style that torches calories with flurries of flying elbows, knees, and fists, or jiu jitsu, which focuses more on grappling.
Martial arts are, in a way, just one more way of working towards physical fitness for many at the studio. Fitness goals are helped along by a full weight room, cardio area, and pilates studio. There's also a full locker room for cleaning up afterwards.