An active law-enforcement officer and a firearms instructor certified by the state police, PG Firearms Training's Paul Grossman leads classes that range from basic marksmanship to preparatory training for entering the police academy. He can also organize each of his classes into women-only sessions, given interest. In addition to leading classes, Paul can completely disassemble, clean, and reassemble pistols as a Glock Armorer.
At CrossFit Terra Nova, owners Jennifer Boaz and Roberto Martinez lead platoons of enthusiastic exercisers as they crunch, squat, and sprint their way to better health. Each visit to the gym comes with a new workout, complete with a unique assortment of functional exercises each day to build broad-based fitness. The gym prides itself on an inclusive environment for anyone ready to flip truck tires, pump out push-ups, and challenge themselves to improve.
ArtAbility Studios helps creative inklings evolve into full-fledged paintings by providing studio space, materials, and the helpful advice of on-hand instructors. Palettes glisten with a variety of acrylic and watercolor paint provided by the studio, as attendees study the basics of color mixing, such as how orange and red are color-wheel neighbors and how purple and green are no longer on speaking terms. Bristles coated with custom pigments then bend and sway across canvases in various brush techniques outlined by teachers. Amateur artists can tackle a totally blank canvas, or select a rainbow of colors with which to fill in the lines of a predefined drawing. Various on-site books and mixed media enhance paintings, inspiring soulful portraits or a colorful landscape. Painters can choose to spend the two hours improving their craft or creating the perfect piece to round out a room or conceal a house's ill-considered tattoo.
The instructors at Tanny Academy of Martial Arts work with students of all ages and experience levels, from the 7- to 12-year-olds who enroll in kids' tae kwon do to the adults who show up for high-octane kickboxing workouts. Other students learn the art of combat in Muay Thai, whose hand-strikes derive from mixed martial arts and the hand-puppet remake of Bloodsport. The studio also offers women's self-defense classes, where ladies can learn evasive and defensive techniques as well as tips for awareness and safety.
Spanish Easy & Fun Language School employs certified, trained instructors with at least five years of teaching experience to introduce students to the magic of other languages. Using a unique curriculum developed by the school, instructors use games, songs, and conversational exercises to instill fundamental fluency in languages such as Spanish, Italian, and French. Instructors lead private and group classes for all levels and carry out other services such as translation and interpretation.
For many, maintaining a healthy fitness regimen is an off-putting chore on par with cleaning the garage or assembling that backyard roller coaster for the kids. The folks behind Snap Fitness, who now boast locations all over the world, are of the opinion that this doesn't have to be the case. They believe 24-hour access to premium cardio and strength-training equipment, innovative easyFIT monitors to track personal progress, and perpetual guidance from certified professionals can help transform physical fitness into an accessible activity that yields measurable and tangible results. In addition to providing online workout rubrics and meal plans, they work to keep sweat glands up and running by offering work out rewards programs, making regular check-in calls, and measuring bodies—sans padded muscle suits—every 30 days.