The team of experienced instructors at Anthony J. Padgett Gallery imparts pupils with painting know-how. During a two-hour introductory art class, visitors will study brush strokes under the compass-like guidance of a talented artist in a stress-free environment bolstered by beer or wine brought from home. Like Van Gogh's famous keg parties, the enjoyable classes combine socialization with art as guests paint, sip, and mingle with other like-minded adults. At the end of each lesson, customers proudly leave with a handmade masterpiece of their own making.
Energetic music pumps bodies into motion on treadmills, stationary bicycles, and elliptical trainers. Meanwhile, patrons heave dumbbells and heft weighted balls. And in the group fitness studio, classes punch and kick their way through high-intensity kickboxing routines or breathe steadily as they bend into yoga poses. Such scenes play out daily at each of Better Bodies' three locations. In addition to group training, the gyms also offer one-on-one training from personal trainers with years of experience in the fitness industry, including former Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Mike McGuire. The trainers also boast masters degrees in fitness-related disciplines, including physical therapy and flaming bowling-pin juggling.
Jon E. Gee knows a lot of famous musicians. In fact, he's one of them. The accomplished bass player, dubbed a "consummate professional" by his John Mellencamp Band colleague Mike Wanchic and praised for being "always positive" by lead guitarist Andy York, has toured the world, laying down reverberating bass lines for artists such as Billy Joel, Mick Jagger, and Melissa Etheridge.
Back home in Indiana, Gee leads students toward their personal and professional musical goals at his unassuming studio. Sharing his hard-earned performance techniques, such as how to use small magnets to connect with an audience, Gee instills charisma and confidence in his students, prompting Wanchic to proclaim, "I don't think you could find a better person to be mentored through than Jon."
A young boy, hands in his pockets, gazes longingly at the moon as it dips behind a horizon of cloudy skies and trees. A woman bundled in a warm jacket lovingly feeds two does peeking out of a red barnyard door. In many of her paintings, artist Elizabeth Kenney creates a vivid, thought-provoking scene that evokes a wide array of feelings. During her private and group art lessons, she teaches her students to elicit similar emotional responses through their own artwork, whether it reminds viewers of the blissfulness of a warm summer day or the urgency of getting your head stuck between two railings. In addition to teaching painting techniques in various mediums, Kenney also shows her work at local and national galleries and has earned recognition as a 2008 Honorary Mention in the Faces of Woman 18th Annual Juried Exhibition.
It’s hard to imagine a trainer more dedicated to fitness than Josh Kuklak, the owner of Survival Fitness Gym. An ACE-certified personal trainer, Josh holds state records in powerlifting on the bench-press and deadlift platforms, and has also competed in hockey, tennis, karate, and weight training. Along with Diana Fisbeck, also an ACE-certified trainer, he leads boot camp-style workouts that call upon muscle confusion—through constantly varied routines—to promote building strength and melting fat.
Their boot camps fuse cardio, resistance training, and plyometrics into workouts that change every day to prevent workout burnout. Leaving treadmills and weight machines behind, the sessions incorporate a slew of nontraditional fitness equipment. Students might flip oversize tires and hang from gymnastics rings one day, and then heave sledgehammers and box heavy bags until they cry uncle the next. Their basic-training class focuses on core work and endurance, and strength training blends elements of powerlifting, bodybuilding, and functional training to pack on muscle and annihilate fat. The fitness duo also leads personal-training sessions, motivating clients to reach their goals and harmonizing with them during workout songs.
At Carmel Total Fitness? 20,000-square-foot facility rows of cardio machines, strength-training equipment, and free weights stretch as far as the eye can see. The enthused staff of certified personal trainers eagerly await clients to design one-on-one training sessions or to answer questions from members as they fly through their own self-devised regimes. The center offers more than 40 fitness classes, such as Pilates mat, power core, yoga, heart race cycle, and Zumba are held in the wood-floored fitness studio, while pickup games of dodgeball, racquetball, or Red Rover take place on one of the onsite courts. After a tough workout, members can relax and rest in the sauna, or enhance their sculpted physique in the tanning booth.