Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts a bulk-building army of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Three Trees Yoga's RYT-certified instructors enlighten new and seasoned stretchers with a variety of yoga styles in an effort to foster a community of mental and physical health. The serene studio's schedule is filled with a range of classes devised to relieve stress, increase strength, improve circulation and weight management, and honor the sun with a 21-watergun salute. Beginner Yoga: Level I unveils correct breathing methods, physical alignment, and classic asanas (postures). The gentle yoga class encourages a calmer form of fitness, emphasizing balance and deliberate lung maneuvers that can later be applied to blowing up balloons in the shape of Harrison Ford. Beginners and intermediates can sweat side by side in the mixed-level yoga class, which introduces exercise modifications to yogis seeking more or less challenge.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students? inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio?s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters?many of them local artists?provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio?s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Music lessons cultivate creative talents that may otherwise lie dormant. The instructors at Live Music Academy tap into that potential in each student and nurture it through lessons, even if the pupil only performs as a hobby. Private lessons focus on instruments such as drums, piano, and voice, whereas group classes teach music theory, and group training can help entire choirs perfect their harmonies.