Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and every day of the year with nonstop security. The open schedule ensures you have no excuses not to get in shape—unlike its competitor, Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska, location during solar eclipses.
At I Made That!, parents and children work as a team to create painted pottery and fused-glass artwork. Adult-and-child duos that choose to paint pottery during their studio sessions first select a piece to beautify, be it a puppy, a 12-inch plate, or a bust of Ross Perot. Artists have access to the studio's supply of paints for the day, and they decorate their masterpieces until their works are ready for the kiln.
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.
Experienced photo gurus Doug Box and Randy Kerr impart practical photo skills to curious shutterbugs during engaging seminars that have appeared across the States and in eight countries abroad. Doug Box, author of myriad photography-technique books, is one of 13 Kodak mentors and is the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His co-teacher, Randy Kerr, heads World Photographic, which uses photography as a vehicle for illuminating humanitarian and environmental topics. Both men have been teaching photography classes for years and help amateurs take photos that capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings.
Bryce Bridges took his first professional photo more than 15 years ago. In the years since that initial shutter click, he has worked for several publications—including his own personal creation Medium magazine. Along the way, he's captured the faces of musicians and the remote-controlled smiles of commercial models. Still, Bryce discovered that he wasn't content to hoard all of his knowledge. He began teaching photography at the collegiate level and putting together his own workshops. Today, he continues to immortalize moments and instill his students with the skills they'll need to compose their own bodies of work.