Studio Hollywood can quickly become a second residence for independent filmmakers. Not only can they study acting, screenwriting, directing, marketing, and distribution, but they can also enlist the studio to help them produce projects ranging from 30-second commercials to feature-length pieces. After projects are complete, Studio Hollywood can even screen them in its 105-person theatre, which boasts a 12-foot HD screen and surround sound.
With more than 35 years of kid-entertaining experience, the friendly staff at The Little Gym provide a safe and fun locale where kids can stay active in a nurturing and non-competitive environment. Visiting youngsters glean skills and confidence while participating in hands-on activities that help enhance emotional, intellectual, and social skills. During classes full of physical activity, 4 to 12 year olds can learn to focus minds and bodies through the art of karate; 3 to 12 year olds learn to summon rain and showers of candy through dance. When four consecutive weeks of engaging exercises have left young ones yearning for more, the annual membership allows for eleven more months of exploration and growth. Gymnastics, sports skills, and parent/child classes for babies are also offered. Check the schedules for Columbia and Lexington for availability and call ahead for reservations.
Amid clanking plates and clients groaning to grind out that last set, Julius "JT" Thomas's voice can often be heard giving instructions. As the lead trainer at Freeplay Athletic Training, JT—a college football player with a biology degree—leads sports-specific workouts and training regimens to foster fitter, stronger, faster clients. The gym facilitates these goals by offering 24-hour access to weight machines, free weights, cardio machines, and areas devoted to explosive workouts with exercise balls and box jumps.
Students glide slowly across the gleaming wood floors of Columbia Tai Chi Center, their controlled purposeful movements sihouetted in natural light from a window. Wesley Adams, the director and head instructor, leads students through the moving meditation that is Tai Chi, helping students find balance and peace as they learn the ancient discipline. Wesley also offers Q-Ex Mindful Movement classes, a contemporary fitness program that draws on the ancient practices of Tai Chi and Qigong to help build strength and reduce stress. All his classes are small, with a 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio to ensure all students can benefit from personal attention and no one student hogs all the relaxation.
Redbird Studio and Gallery helps fill creative voids with clay- and ceramics-based classes, courses, and afterschool programs. Inside the facility, students of assorted skills, ages, and backgrounds work alongside each other, swirling together ideas and techniques while crafting personalized masterpieces. Dedicated instructors consistently dish out tips and encouragement, and for extra inspiration, visitors may stop by the attached gallery to browse its collection of professional pieces.
Hampton Hill is a privately owned and operated athletic club with fitness equipment, classes, spa services, and a high degree of commitment to its members’ satisfaction. The multi-leveled fitness oasis has three main gyms with weight machines, free weights, stationary bikes, treadmills, and elliptical machines, making each workout as varied as the Eskimo word for 'snow.' The abundant class offerings run the gamut of fitness, from yoga, Pilates, spin, abs, all the way back to total-body cardio. The gym’s Biggest Loser Challenge invites members with serious weight goals to join their peers and shed pounds in a positive, supportive environment—as many as 80 people have participated at a time, with winners dropping as much as 60–70 pounds over the course of the six-week program.