At BA Fitness, certified trainers transform fading, feeble bodies into muscle-laden machines with rigorous workouts and personal accountability. Expert fitness friends weigh and measure bodies, create goals, and discuss past dumbbell-polishing experience to assess each participant's physical fitness and tailor a workout program for optimal fat loss. One-on-one sessions emphasize functional strength by employing cable-resistance machines, battle ropes, free weights, and positive reinforcement. Neither the mind nor the plate is a demilitarized zone in the war on fat with BA's thorough nutritional guidance and motivational measures, which instill in students a love of healthy grub and give them an accountability journal to fill with notes on their workouts or the crush they have on the bench press. Each training session takes place inside BA Fitness's lavish 2,100-square-foot private studio, whose blue-and-white-hued walls are lined with motivational sayings and exercise contraptions.
At a time when many schools around the country are forced to cut back on art programs, Abrakadoodle has emerged to fill the empty creative space left behind. The studio began in 2002, when founders Mary Rogers and Rosemarie Hartnett set out to unify proven educational methods with kid-friendly art instruction. By opening Abrakadoodle, the duo wanted youngsters to experience one of the most rewarding aspects of art: having fun.
Today, Mary and Rosemarie’s vision has developed to include mobile programs that expand imaginations across the United States, as well as studios stationed throughout the world. With guidance from Abrakadoodle’s certified teachers, adults or students aged 20 months to 14 years practice various means of self-expression during painting, drawing, sculpting, and design classes. While developing new skills and keeping the stain-remover industry in business, pintsize Picassos explore their own talents and learn about professional artists. Abrakadoodle keeps all of its class sizes small and caters to students of any skill level.
Seasoned shutterbug Joel “Gus” Archer takes pride in watching his photography students develop new skills and a visual voice as he leads a variety of classes that can benefit novice and experienced photographers alike. Beginners learn to wield their new Nikons, Canons, iPhones, or optically implanted cameras in group classes or deepen their talents in sports, underwater, or macro photography. In addition to teaching the general population, Joel has shared his expertise to train law-enforcement agencies from the International Association of Arson Investigators to the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association, as well as the Junior League of Oklahoma City. When Joel isn’t teaching, he draws from his Swedish and Cherokee heritage to inform his breadth of work and compiles tutorials such as his upcoming book, Dark Dirty Secrets of Digital Photography.
What began in 1984 as a home business with a single phone has grown into a go-to source for women's apparel with retail stores across the country. Headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho, Coldwater Creek curates a varied selection of elegant but comfortable clothing, ensuring closets stay stocked with more than just the relatives who only get pulled out around the holidays. You'll find everything from sweaters and jackets to jeans and dresses, as well as jewelry, handbags, and other extras for accessorizing new outfits. And if you can't make it to one of Coldwater Creek's physical locations, just head to the website to find the perfect cardigan, cashmere sweater, or pencil skirt.
Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award?winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
"Oklahoma Jim" Price has navigated the poker seas for decades, and his Beginner II class will help newcomers and recreational players outplay and outlast the fiercest card sharks. Jim will start with the basics of rules, hand strength, posture, and poker history before launching into more advanced tactics, such as how to play blinds and compete while short-stacked. The course will last about four and a half hours, and you'll leave confident enough to silence swaggering friends, play in casinos, and reclaim any ancestors' toes that have been pawned to bookie museums.