With certified instructors and ample tumbling space, GymQuarters Gymnastics transforms typical tots into agile energy machines. Classes designed for kinderlings and younger (or home-schooled children of all ages) introduce lithe lads and lasses to the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, floor, and trampoline. A special tumble track is also available to host tiny flippers in a safe, grandparent-approved environment. Classes begin with 15 minutes of sinew-warming stretching, followed by three 15-minute rotations on gym equipment. As gymnasts master foundational skills, they can catapult into the next level of body-bending virtuosity. Sessions take place during the day between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. seven days a week; customers can schedule class by phone at a time that is convenient for them.
• For $63, new members get a two-month household metro membership plus joining fee (a $252 total value). • For $42, new members get a two-month adult metro membership plus joining fee (a $166 total value). • For $15, current members get $30 toward a class or program.
If there's anyone who knows about endurance, it's Daryl Doran. Over more than two decades, Daryl chalked up 827 professional indoor soccer games?the most of any player in the sport's history. Now retired from playing (but still coaching with the St. Louis Ambush), Daryl hasn't stopped sprinting toward his ambitions. Together with his wife, Barb, Daryl runs Doran Fitness as a non-intimidating, low-pressure center where people of all ages and fitness levels can discover their own physical fortitude.
Along with individual or group personal training, the gym's instructors can help people train for everything from high-school sports to marathons. To help with the variety of training, the clean, upscale facility includes both basic circuit-training equipment and functional training machines that help athletes train for specific sports.
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.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.