An art gallery meets café meets bar meets classroom. That’s Muse Paintbar in a nutshell. During canvas-painting sessions, friends gather to bond and get acquainted with others as the staff mans the stocked bar, pouring glasses of inspirational wine and beer. While fledgling Picassos sip, relax, and nibble on snacks, a trained artist leads them through an easy-to-follow assignment, offering personal assistance and words of encouragement throughout the class. After they add the final flourishes to their masterpieces, guests proudly take their finished works home to hang over the mantel or the face of their least favorite family member. Muse Paintbar also hosts themed nights, including couples night, and it can be reserved for private parties and kids’ events.
Planet Fitness embodies a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can sculpt their physiques with myriad aerobic and strength-training options within a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Patrons may tone and strengthen muscles by pushing and pulling the extensive selection of brand-name equipment and free weights. With the help of an instructor, guests can design a custom workout program based on exercise history to help them achieve their varying fitness goals. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and full-body circuit workouts.
At Art Plus Studio, experienced instructors teach BYOB art classes in a relaxed and fun environment. Sessions focus on various crafts, such as drawing live models, fashioning colorful clocks, painting wine-glasses, or painting still-life scenes on 11"x14" canvases. The classes are geared toward apprentices and require no previous experience?just a bottle of wine, your favorite snacks, and good friends or whoever was available.
LA Boxing’s fight-centric gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, LA Boxing sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym’s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.
Heat floods the expansive Bikram Yoga Norwalk studio, loosening taut muscles as students of all levels perspire through static, strength-building poses. Certified instructors lead these students through the 26 poses that strengthen and stretch the body, modifying the trickier postures in order to accommodate beginners. The studio itself stays at a balmy 102?107 degrees with 40%?60% humidity in order to help facilitate deeper stretching, increase blood flow, and destroy stowaway snowmen.