The Jewish Community Center, or the “J,” is a local pillar and a sleek, ultramodern fitness environment that’s been serving the community in some form or fashion since the 19th century. People from every faith, ethnicity, and walk of life are welcome at the J’s two locations, which offer many fitness options. One month of membership includes access to all of the gym’s facilities, including two brand-new outdoor pools that feature slides, a tree swing, an aqua climb wall, diving boards, lap swimming, and zero-depth areas perfectly sized for toddlers and WWF wrestling buddies (check online for amenities and features of each individual pool). All group exercise classes are also included, with more than 250 taught each week, encompassing such choices as turbo kickboxing, aqua burn and firm, tap dancing, mat Pilates, Zumba, Tai Chi, and many more.
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.
Something’s making the temperature rise at Bikram Yoga Chesterfield. Perhaps it’s the thermostat, which hovers near 105 degrees during workouts filled with bends, balances, and twists. It could also be owners Farky and Timi Fuszfas, who radiate warmth and excitement along with a staff of certified instructors. Under their guidance, students of all levels build strength and flexibility using the 26 health-focused Hatha poses of yoga master Bikram Choudhury. Coupled with two focused breathing techniques, these exercises pump oxygen through the bloodstream to promote head-to-toe wellness. The heat complements the process, easing muscles into deep stretches while driving toxins from their hiding places. Since classes entail 90 minutes of sweating, students should bring a large bath towel, plus bottled water or a portable glacier.
Hair-removing lasers, dermal fillers, and minimally invasive liposuction all populate the list of cosmetic services offered at Clayton Med Spa. The aestheticians are putting faces at ease as they pose for skin-rejuvenating photofacials or bidding dullness adieu during diamond-tipped microdermabrasions. Those hoping to correct sagging skin sans surgery can ask about FDA-approved ReFirme skin tightening, which draws upon infrared light and bipolar radio frequencies to stimulate collagen production. Injectables such as Botox, Juvéderm, and Restylane help fill in fine lines caused by aging or falling asleep atop a subway grate.
Valley Vinyasa’s experienced and certified instructors guide aspiring contortionists through a relaxing gauntlet of flexibility-boosting poses that encourage synchronizing breath with movement. Each five-class card is valid for three months, and the 60–75 minute classes are available during the day throughout the entire week, making it all the easier to get one’s "om" on. The beginner-level class is appropriate for beginning body benders and moves at a comfortable pace while focusing on breath and alignment. More advanced classes offer a higher-paced flow and include basic arm balances, inversions, and binding postures that aspire to stretch participants like a game of Twister without the awkward eye poking. Modifications are always offered for students to individualize their sessions and cater poses to suit their needs while still providing a challenge.
Aspiring bar- and beam-dwellers find supportive instruction at Team Central Gymnastic Academy and Olympiad Gymnastic Training Centers, which mold everyday children into lithe lads and lasses. A wide selection of classes are available for sprouts of all ages. The Tumble Bee program allows wee ones from 18 months to 3 years old to bounce into fitness, and older flip fanatics may start in a beginning boys or girls class, or catapult straight into age-appropriate trampoline and tumbling.