Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Since the early '70s, Jeannie Colbert has aspired to spark joy in others with her clay handiwork. At ClaydoodleZ Pottery Art Studio, she molds plates, flowers, and other pieces for visitors to decorate during artistic visits, and her studio pizza parties encourage fun and creativity without the slippery dangers of paint-your-own Twister mats. A collection of retail crafts occupies the adjacent Southern CharmZ Market, where guests can pick out trinkets such as photo frames, statues, and tea sets.
Qualified in nearly every aspect of scuba, from open-water diving to nighttime excursions, the instructors at Frank’s Underwater Sports & Travel guide diving tyros through the basics of underwater respiration in a two-hour introductory course. After running through scuba basics and safety measures in a classroom setting, the groups of up to 10 students migrate to a pool for hands-on practice. Once submerged, tenderflippers experience the thrill of bubbles erupting from the respirator as they breathe underwater. Frank’s instructors include recipients of the Platinum Pro 5000 award, an honor only bestowed to divers who’ve completed either 5,000 total dives or 2,500 dives and a significant contribution to the scuba-diving world, such as hand-painting each individual coral in the Great Barrier Reef.
Sharyn Jump introduces students to the stress-relieving potential of art in laid-back classes that comprise equal parts fun and instruction. During the two- to three-hour sessions and multiday workshops at Sharyn's Paint 'N Crafts Studio, visitors work with varied media such as acrylics, oils, watercolors, charcoal, or colored pencils to create completed art pieces, which they can take home for display or graciously donate to the nearest museum.
A team of resident artists mentors pupils in different styles, such as the One Stroke painting technique taught by guest artist Donna Dewberry. At birthday parties or open-studio sessions, participants may bring their own food or alcohol to foster a celebratory atmosphere.
Transformation Fitness Center gears its programs and amenities toward families, balancing out its adult services with meaningful activities for children. As parents cartwheel into more than 50 group fitness classes, such as cardio kickboxing, spinning, Pilates, or yoga, youngsters burn off pintsize calories in a spacious and supervised play area with a separate zone for infants. Families can also step together during Tippi Toes Mommy and Me dance classes, a safer shared workout than joining a parent vs. toddler dodgeball league.
The center's advanced equipment reflects its devotion to a diverse client base. Two NBA-style basketball courts, a fully stocked Pilates studio, an indoor pool, and a Cardio Theatre accommodate guests of all fitness backgrounds. Whether they walk the track or sit back in the wellness spa, every visitor contributes to the charitable healthcare services of the gym's nonprofit head, Ministries of Jesus.
A former NCAA Division 1 coach and power-lifting champion helms the boot camps at Edge Sports Fitness, which get players into game shape by running them through a gamut of strength and speed training drills in a football-field-inspired indoor facility lined with artificial turf. Professional coaches lead a schedule of workshops designed to decrease 40-yard-dash times, increase vertical lift, and improve the technique of fox trot end-zone dances. Trainees practice fast-paced footwork and running drills while strengthening the legs by leaping with purpose throughout a series of plyometric exercises. Training regimens focus on improving skill sets in athletic competition, with obstacle courses and circuit training specifically designed to build the muscles needed most during games. Post-workout stretching and nutritional guidance, meanwhile, help prevent injuries and french fry grease stains on jerseys.
Red Rock Fitness’s nationally certified trainers zap bodies into shape with an electrifying boot-camp regimen that combines weight and aerobic workouts for all fitness levels, and regular members enjoy self-guided workouts and a host of gym amenities. Boot-camper hearts pump like muscle-car pistons as they speed through a regimen designed to shed calories and increase strength and flexibility. Each drop of sweat sends out an echo as it hits the floor of the gym’s expansive interior, though the sounds are obscured by the ringing out of kettlebells and the supportive cheers of classmates. A convenient five-day schedule wakes up early-risers with a jolt of endorphins and sings night owls to sleep with exhausting evening workouts.