Gold’s Gym lures fitness seekers from all walks of life with cardio decks, strength-training equipment, and aerobics rooms filled with energizing classes. Instead of reciting Shakespearean monologues as they jog and pedal, guests can watch movies in a cardio theater lined with treadmills, bikes, and an oversize projection screen. Free weights encourage biceps to bulge, and resistance machines tone arms, abs, and legs. Sports lovers dribble basketballs and volley racquetballs on shiny courts (available at most locations), raising their heart rates as they hone hand-eye coordination. Like the nightly news, Zumba classes take an hour and set Latin-inspired dance moves that vaporize calories to vibrant world music, along with a slew of available selections, including cardio and spin classes. Consult each location’s webpage for a class schedule and a list of additional amenities, which range from childcare to personal training (not included in today’s Groupon).
At any given time, Momentum Indoor Climbing probably has more visitors clung to its walls than standing on its floor. With 20,000 square feet of climbable terrain, the indoor climbing gym challenges sportspeople of all ability levels. During lead climbs, routes up to 50 feet high guide climbers over verticals, slabs, overhangs, and arêtes. Visitors can also develop skills in a safe environment at top-roping stations, as well as a bouldering area outfitted with foam and vinyl padding for soft landings. Crack climbing challenges the most seasoned of mountaineers, recreating the fissures found in desert sandstone and the crows' feet on the faces of Mount Rushmore’s presidents.
Momentum's team members also lead skill-building classes and youth programs, and help clients stay in shape with fitness training that incorporates yoga and Pilates, cardio conditioning, and strength training. Additional amenities range from locker rooms to daycare to companion pet rocks.
At each of Crossroads Fitness' four locations throughout the Wastach Front, members of all ages build strong, healthy bodies through a regimen of group classes, personal training, and extensive wellness evaluations and health assessments. Registered dietitians and fitness experts help clients manage their fitness goals, while a schedule of BodyPump, Zumba, yoga, and resistance training burn away unwanted fat while building lean muscle. After leveling up their endurance and speed with sports-performance training or flexing their legs in a cycling class, members relax and rehabilitate muscles with on-site massage therapy.
The inventive creation emporium inspires seasoned artists and fledgling brush wielders alike to conjure up their own masterpieces during lively painting sessions in a warm, welcoming studio. Tote along a favorite bottle of wine or Kool-Aid flavor combo to drizzle over the canvas or share with fellow painters as you bask in attentive instruction and harmonious camaraderie. At the end of the evening, you and your painting partner will each have a magnum opus perfect for living-room-wall adornment or hovercraft-mantel embellishment. The classes are held throughout the week and make an ideal outing for couples, parties, or bachelorette shindigs for the bride of Salvador Dalí's ghost.
Though colorful Lego and Duplo blocks cover their tables and fill their cabinets, Bricks 4 Kidz is no toy store. The staff crafts a playful curriculum that teaches children the fundamentals of engineering and architecture to stimulate their imaginations and encourage creative thinking. After-school sessions begin with a themed lesson followed by a guided building project and free-play time. Kids can explore more creative avenues with specialty classes, such as the junior robotics course or a movie-making camp, which covers basic stop-motion techniques so kids can make their own short films to explain why they couldn't finish their homework.
Popcorn Media gives kids the chance to experience strutting down the red carpet during their Movie Star workshops and weeklong camps. Attendees soak up the secrets of screen acting from a director who works with Disney and Nickelodeon studios while producing their own unique work. They oversee each production element that goes into a film's creation, from lighting and filming to rehearsing and giving their parents an autograph. At the end of each camp, kids attend a red-carpet premier of their work amid the applause of friends and family.