Club 14 Fitness' roster of trainers reads like the manifest of a submarine on its way to SEALAB III. It includes one University of Chicago educated biologist, one former Navy man, one chiropractor-turned-holistic healer, one nutritionist, and the first runner-up in the Mr. Wyoming bodybuilding competition. Together, they downright plaster the walls with all manners of certifications, issued by everyone from AFAA to CrossFit. They lean hard on their multifarious backgrounds to build personal-fitness regimens and a schedule of calorie-blasting classes, including a lineup of LesMills sessions, that firm up bodies more effectively than falling asleep in a cement mixer.
When not dancing or spinning through group fitness sessions, members can bolster heart rates in the cardio room, hoist free weights, or target hyper-specific muscle groups on the gym's cache of Star Trac equipment. Guests wind down in the wood-paneled sauna, slake thirst at the juice bar, or bronze up in the tanning bed. To make getting to the gym more accessible, Club 14 keeps kids entertained with childcare and pint-sized fitness programs, and keeps its doors open 24 hours. All of this earned the gym the Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year award in 2010.
After studying music performance and opera at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Tiffani James decided she wanted another degree. She loved to teach, and was soon awarded a degree in education from University of Phoenix. At Arigner Vocal Studio, she combines her two passions, teaching students aged 4 and older everything from singing fundamentals to hitting high notes and controlling vibratos. Tiffani draws upon her more than 20 years of performance experience—during which she’s serenaded crowds at contests and opened for nationally renowned gospel singers—at each personalized lesson.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Fitness Pursuits shapes malleable muscles into fully formed physiques through comprehensive one-hour training sessions. The four-week group training classes pair up to six workout warriors with a certified coach capable of helping them tap into their can-crushing potential. During the introductory classes, trainers acquaint themselves with each student’s eating habits and improvable areas through online and on-hand fitness and nutrition assessments. Participants set and work toward goals in subsequent sessions, improving overall fitness and making muscles burn with satisfaction, like an insult uttered from the lips of a sarcastic fire swallower. The classes meet once weekly for four consecutive weeks, helping exercisers establish regular routines.
Fitness Together corrals experienced personal trainers to craft individually tailored and effective workouts for health-seeking patrons of all ages. After assessing each client's safe starting point and unearthing their secret dreams of becoming human tow trucks, a trainer will piece together a workout routine that combines cardio and resistance training. Exercisers will then pump their hearts through interval- and speed-centric cardio sessions, aiming to amp the organ's endurance through intense, frequent bursts of activity. Meanwhile, resistance training combines cross-muscular techniques with alternating periods of intense and recuperative activity in an attempt to avoid workout plateaus and overtraining and confuse muscles with new moves occasionally instructed in riddle form by a sphinx in a sweatband. Buttressing these strenuous motions is an educational nutrition plan that provides clients with the accountability necessary to change eating habits for good. Though not available with this Groupon, like-minded fitness seekers can also enroll in small group training.
Fodor's points out that Ocean 60's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean affords an unusual opportunity to mix "fine dining and flip-flops." The restaurant's space is split between a formal dining area and martini room, and both sections serve chef and owner Daniel Groshell's menu of fresh seafood and creative continental cuisine, which evolves in step with the changing seasons and tides that ripple through a variety of meal-complementing drinks. In a dining room fringed with a wine bar, local artist Enrique Mora peppers the walls with colorful scenes reminiscent of his Puerto Rican heritage. The martini room envelops guests in an ambiance characterized by local artwork, rich woods, and Bali-inspired decor as they sip martinis culled from a list of more than 30 signature cocktails including a Grapefruit Basiltini. From Thursday to Saturday, area musicians add to the atmosphere with lively beats.
In the 1940s, Walt Baptiste and his son Baron created a new branch of yoga—called Baptiste yoga—that combines the principles of yoga, meditation, and inner reflection. The Baptiste-yoga movement grew rapidly, and in 2005, senior Baptiste teacher Mark White introduced his community to the practice with three studios. He and a staff of 13 certified yoga instructors guide students from pose to pose while observing proper alignment and breathing technique. Studios are heated to 90 degrees to keep bodies limber and destroy any ice cream that enters the building.