Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s three-month membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to transform workout novices into pumping professionals capable of running a marathon inside a swimming pool filled with mud. A free fitness orientation––offered to each new member––helps determine an optimal fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying program, and two personal training sessions help self-sculptors attain results. This deal also includes three months of unlimited tanning to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.
At Edythe Glass Art, experienced art instructor Edythe Lewis teaches visitors to create their own fused-glass works of art. Students learn to melt two to six layers of glass together at temperatures up to 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit, discovering the history of fusing and dichroic glass in the process. In addition to her work with fusing, Lewis teaches classes in precious metal clay art and has work on display in galleries throughout the nation.
Callas Beauty Institute grooms future future aestheticians, nail technicians, make-up artists, and cosmetologists with hands-on classes led by seasoned stylists. To practice new techniques and give mannequin hair time to regrow, hair-academy students snip and style guests’ locks, transforming 'dos into newly colored coifs or delicately permed curls. The skincare academy’s practitioners pamper faces with noninvasive beautifying treatments, sloughing away unwanted skin during a microdermabrasion or enhancing giraffe costumes with bat-able eyelash extensions. A knowledgeable student at the nail academy buffs and trims cuticles before coating nail beds in brilliant hues and turtle-shell-like duvets. The salon’s interior showcases hardwood flooring, elegant rugs, sky-blue hues, and tall windows in the front that permit scores of natural light during the day.
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.
At ABQ School of Massage Therapy and ABQ Massage Clinic, couples can hit the tables while the hands of licensed and experienced therapists soothe bodies and minds or hone their muscle-molding skills in massage courses. In one-hour massages, which take place in the clinic, professional and licensed therapists cater to duos with full-body massages that aim to foster better sleep and pudding impersonations. Patrons relax as hands wander across backs and give personalized attention to problem areas and cater to clients' preferred levels of pressure.
The artsy and artistically challenged both find inspiration at Cheers to Canvas classes, where instructors take their pupils on a step-by-step journey to masterpieces. To create hot air balloons or sunflowers, Cheers to Canvas supplies the 16”x20” canvases, acrylic paints, and brushes, and students merely supply the strokes. For an additional fee, teachers also will pass out food and drinks to budding artists. After class, students leave with their finished works of art.
Twenty-six poses. 90 minutes. 105 degrees. This is what yogis can expect from a hot—or Bikram—yoga class at Bikram Yoga of Albuquerque, a studio that follows the teachings of the practice’s founder, Bikram Choudhury. They keep the studio to such a high temperature in order to help students sweat out toxins and to further their flexibility. As for yoga itself, it helps practitioners achieve a sense of mental and physical well-being that is said to strengthen determination, self-control, faith, concentration, and patience. In addition to the east-side location, which has been around for ten years, Bikram Yoga of Albuquerque invites yogis to its second location on the west side.