At the Columbia Association, visitors find not only a place to work out, swim, or enjoy the great outdoors, but a place to connect with the local community and get to know their neighbors. Families take in live music by the lakefront during summer festivals, or glide across the ice at the public rink. Meanwhile, aspiring athletes build muscle, flexibility, and form with practice at indoor and outdoor tennis courts, or regular trips to the high-tech Columbia Gym. Columbia Association also helps its members maintain a healthy lifestyle with a wide variety of facilities, including nearby golf courses, 23 swimming pools, and even an attached horse center, where humans can learn to ride and horses can get in shape for swimsuit season.
No Pink Dumbbells - Small Group Fitness Training helps clients of all fitness levels get in shape without having to log hours at the gym every day. Coaches eschew long cardio sessions for challenging sessions that incorporate strength-training exercises, metabolic circuits, and cardio intervals. They cap each session at a small number of clients, so trainers can tailor the workout to challenge every participant, no matter their athletic abilities. The gym offers six sessions a week to fit clients? busy schedules.
For Maria de Sousa, tango dancing was part of her Argentinian heritage. She embraced the style as a way to reconnect with her native country, and traveled back and forth between her American home and Buenos Aires to master her steps. Conversely, for Pierre Baston, his passion for tango began as a foreign fascination. He watched a dinner show while visiting Buenos Aires that enraptured him, inspiring him to immerse himself not only in dance lessons, but historical and cultural research—he still collects authentic tango sheet music from the early 20th century. Both dancers became certified through a master's program at the Escuela Argentina de Tango in Buenos Aires, and now elucidate the art of dipping and spinning at eight Philadelphia locales.
Maria and Pierre walk students of all experience levels through tango's passionate choreography. They host group classes for social learning experiences, and lead private seminars at their studios or a venue of the client's choice. Because they coordinate all the necessary partner match-ups and music, their protégés needn't bring a companion or play Keep Away with a violin's bow to make it whine.
For the chefs at Home Run Cooking, being in the kitchen isn't just a necessary part of everyday life, but a fun and engaging adventure. This is the kind of attitude they aim to inspire in their students, whether they're experienced adults looking to learn a new dish, or curious kids aiming to up their lunchbox game. Classes cover a wide variety of topics, from pairing the perfect wine to go with a homemade dish to constructing the perfect summer salad that will stave off winter forever. Events are also built into cooking classes, such as Singles Night, where you can meet local singles while preparing a meal, and a BYOB food and wine date night.
The Athletic Club of York, co-owned by a national collegiate-racquetball champion and an AFAA certified personal trainer, ensures a friendly, laid-back atmosphere with a down-to-earth staff that strives to remember each visitor by name. The 26,000-square-foot gym unfurls enough elbow space for exercisers to wrestle with strength and cardio equipment before overcoming post-workout soreness with services such as massage therapy. The gym's communal vibe also fosters the positive tone of group fitness classes, during which feet master Zumba steps or kickboxing strikes in an aerobic studio. Guests can plunge into the indoor lap pool for self-guided strokes, aquatic programs, or swimming lessons, while children break down and rapidly reassemble slingshots at a Kidz Fit Club boot camp.
Today, she owns an art studio profiled by Fox 43 and magazines, but in 2011, Stacey McConnell just wanted to make friends. She had just moved to New Freedom from New Orleans and didn't know anyone yet. Stacey's brainstorming—and her outgoing nature—led her to consider BYOB paint parties; eventually, this train of thought carried her all the way through the creation of her very own studio. There, art lovers from all walks of life hold a glass in one hand and a paintbrush in the other as an instructor guides them through the creation of an easy-to-follow image. But BYOB paint parties aren't the only events filling A Splash of Art's agenda. In addition to being available for private events, the studio is mobile: staff members pack up paints to pay house calls, and wineries host painting events that supply their varietals to visiting canvas smearers.