Team America's staff of certified trainers, professional bodybuilders, and fitness models guides clients towards fitter physiques and livelier lifestyles. Clients join squads of 20–40 other exercisers in three intensive boot-camp classes picked from multiple times throughout the day. Sessions focus on different flavors of fitness, from cardio kickboxing to competitive watermelon tossing, and are suitable for students of all skill levels. During three 45-minute CrossCore training sessions, clients grab hold of a CrossCore machine’s weighted straps and pulleys to reshape their muscles through agility and balance movements under the guidance of a seasoned fitness guru. Clients can continue their exercise regimens at home by bench-pressing their sofas, or they can opt to download nutrition tips, recipes, and customized workouts through Team America’s three-month online personal-training program.
Experienced DJs at the Orange County Turntable Institute guide hands across vinyl grooves and turntable knobs in an introductory course on resuscitating party pulses. Each class positions neophytes behind beat-blazoning equipment for hands-on instruction in basic mixing, blending, cueing, and scratching techniques. In addition to learning the basics of how records work and listening for certain sounds, students absorb DJ culture from its dizzying history to its increasingly digitized future. Instructors DJ Artistic, DJ PNutz, and Tyler Olson impart their wisdom onto record rookies through a structured curriculum driven by transparent tasks and goals. Class sizes of no more than eight ensure individualized attention, preventing all manner of party foul from entering the mix. Newly initiated DJs can move on to take more advanced classes at the institute when Course 1 is complete, as each level builds toward a cumulative crescendo of spinning virtuosity. Students should call to set up a session at a convenient time; classes are offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
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.