Beginning in Columbus and now painting the town red in various cities throughout the county, Colors & Bottles scratches the creative itch of the public with its themed art classes that leave no blank canvas unvarnished. The mobile painting service, which The Ellen DeGeneres Show tagged as a "hip, new, and fresh" activity, stages its events at local bars, wineries, restaurants, and art galleries, helping boost neighborhood economies while creating a hard-to-follow trail for begrudging pottery wheels. During three-hour classes, an artist plucked from the local art community leads students through the creation of a themed painting, such as a city skyline or something more abstract. For an extra splash of inspiration, some venues allow students to bring their own drinks, while others have refreshments available to purchase.
U.S. Taekwondo Center passes down the myriad techniques of tae kwon do in classes for kids and adults. Children's classes focus on character development and building self-confidence, whereas adult classes emphasize cardiovascular exercise and improving muscle tone. The centers also offer family classes where participants can train side-by-side. All classes welcome beginners to the sport, teaching students sparring techniques, blocking, and kicks.
With one swipe of a key fob, members can access Absolute Personal Fitness anytime. The 24/7 gym doesn't just offer the standard strength-training and cardio equipment, though. It also features personal-training sessions and group classes such as yoga and boot camp. To pamper muscles after working out or opening a stubborn jar of pickles, clients can schedule one of a slew of massages, including Swedish and shiatsu.
Knit Knack's passionate teachers hook students with easy-going instruction combined with a laser-like focus on essential yarn-smithing skills. Classes meet twice a week, with the first two weeks of the course committed to mastering the techniques and stitches necessary to complete most projects or become a teddy-bear surgeon. A fix-it intensive pits students against common first-time mistakes and provides tips to correct epidemic errors without suffering the frustration of a ruined project. At the end of the course, attendees will produce a Ratatouille-pattern beret and be prepared to start more complex projects. Knit Knack provides all yarn, needles, and reference materials and carries a full suite of additional supplies for those who assign themselves homework or are attempting to knit a new house.
Jungle Cat Fitness's trainers help clients to achieve their physical fitness goals with dynamic, 60-minute boot-camp workouts. Through the course of five-week sessions, the enthusiastic trainers lead campers in a variety of exercises including kickboxing, circuit training, and core work to carve lean and toned physiques, leaving previous body doubles unemployed. The ever-rotating exercise lineup staves off boredom and keeps muscles from becoming accustomed to repetition, which can render workouts ineffective. Before launching into a program, participants undergo a health evaluation with a trainer, who then places them into a camp suited to their needs based on their overall fitness level and any current or previous injuries. Those seeking one-on-one sessions can opt for a personal-training package, working toward their fitness goals with fully tailored routines and undivided attention.
After considering that the traditional health club model doesn't really work for many people, a group of fitness industry veterans decided to do something about it. They started Fitness 19. It's a simple concept—a gym with cardio, strength, and free weight equipment—but in a family-friendly atmosphere without the traditional high costs of many gyms. Members get in shape using state-of-the-art equipment or working one-on-one with Fitness 19's personal trainers. Meanwhile, parents can work out peacefully as the kids play in the Kids Room, staffed by professionals who keep kiddos aged 3 months to 11 years entertained and safe.