Vision Quest Sport and Fitness promotes a five-pronged approach to fitness, covering cardiovascular, progressive resistance, proper diet, supplementation, and personal training. Like any decent clock factory, the clubs are open 24 hours a day, and each keeps its own schedule primed with group classes such as boxing, yoga, spinning, and hip-hop fitness. Body Sculpt sessions fashion forms with weights and bands, and Total Body Conditioning uses lighter weights and higher repetitions to create lean, mean muscle mass.
Members take part in complimentary wellness seminars from fitness experts to fine-tune their bodies, and teams of affiliated massage therapists, chiropractors, and nutrition gurus save skeletons and muscles from harmful injury.
After Joan Duce and her siblings Jim and Katy Reischling attended a painting class, they soon decided they enjoyed the pastime enough to open their own studio. Five local painters?some of whom have painted their whole lives, and have taught classes elsewhere?have joined the owners of Embellished in their mission to immerse visitors in a painting class free from the formalities of other art classes, such as berets and white-tie suits. The teachers lead students equipped with aprons, acrylic paints, and brushes through a step-by-step painting process from seats at private easels. Under their guidance, students have created canvas works such as a diptych of a vintage truck, portraits of flowers and trees, and re-creations of famous paintings such as Van Gogh's Starry Night. As they paint, participants can sip red and white wines and locally brewed IPAs, and snack on hors d'oeuvres to the tune of provided music and the sounds of paint drying on canvas.
Two months after she began practicing yoga, Jen Mitchell could touch her toes for the first time. She had turned to the art to help relieve the tightness in her lower body, the result of years spent as a teacher for group cycling classes. As she trained, she became more and more devoted to yoga's restorative power and relaxing aftereffects. Her exposure to the Vinyasa style made her feel as though she had "taken a shower from the inside out." She now leads a team of instructors at Twist Yoga, where she strives to acquaint patrons of all fitness levels with their innate potential.
Twist Yoga?s instructors focus on slow, deliberate breath work and mantra in connection with proper posing technique. The classes encourage students to flex in pursuit of a still mind, but the lighthearted atmosphere eschews utter stoicism for humor and support. Modifications for many poses allow guests of all skill levels to find balance at their own pace. Temperatures in the studio can reach 84 degrees, causing bodies to release toxins and minds to reach a state of clarity while considering buying summer real estate on the sun.