Beth and Jim Trammell started 5280 Gymnastics to share their love of gymnastics with students young and old, novice and expert, casual and competitive. They assembled an elite team of coaches that trained Olympic gymnast Sasha Artemev and placed graduates on the gymnastics teams at Stanford University, into officer's education at West Point, and onto the diving team at Northwestern University. Under this refined tutelage, the two USA Gymnastics teams that regularly train within 5280's confines took home awards at regional, state, and national levels of competition.
The owners and coaches recognize that not everyone desires to train for peak levels of gymnastics competition, and so the range of classes encompasses plenty of other options, including casual, confidence-inspiring play for tots and free running and parkour classes for older students. During the summer, daily camps keep kids busy during sunny hours with athletic games and arts-and-crafts projects such as building a balance beam out of popsicle sticks.
As memory cards replaced film reels, many photographers—both professional and amateur—felt befuddled by the new technology. That's where Digital Photo Academy stepped in. Since 2007, the business has facilitated workshops that explore all aspects of digital imagery, from operating cameras and uploading digital files to editing images and airbrushing realistic mustaches. Seasoned professionals lead the courses, helping understudies hone their use of light, framing, and timing. Students furnish their own cameras, and can tote along any ancillary equipment such as tripods, laptops, and flashes that relate to the course at hand.
The toned tutors of Genesee Mountain Fitness embrace an inclusive approach to wellness, welcoming cyclists, weight lifters, Zumba mavens, and senior citizens alike to their plentiful group classes. The gym's fully stocked weight room and towering edifice of cardio equipment is available 24 hours a day, so shadowboxers may gear up to face the perils of sunshine. Students strengthen and flex cores in Pilates and yoga classes, and seniors pursue gentle yoga stretch classes and range-of-motion exercises through SilverSneakers sessions. For an additional fee, the credential-laden instructors present Pilates reformer classes (three introductory sessions $175 for members) and one-on-one personal training ($70 for a single session) for an extra hand in cracking the fabled health-nut.
Mile High Drives shares its passion for supercars with fellow adrenaline seekers, compiling an impressive collection of rare and high-end sports cars. The staff wants other drivers to feel the supple, red-and-black custom seats of a Lamborghini Gallardo, feel the grip of a brand-new 20014 Corvette Stingray as it takes corners, and experience the powerful acceleration of a BMW M5, which can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds—the same time it takes to dry wet hair in a Porsche Boxster convertible. Mile High Drives is forever improving its fleet for maximum performance, ramping up horsepower and modifying exhaust systems for optimal revving. In addition to rentals, the crew offers chauffeur services that allow passengers to arrive at events in style.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use participants' own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. Between each weight station lies a recovery board where ladies cool down while walking, jogging, or running in place to keep up momentum. With each workout warrior at a different station, the only competition that exists is with one's own burgeoning muscles.
Dancers can start as early as pre-school at Virtuosity Dance Centre, and regardless of their age or level of experience, they're in good hands with instructor Amanda Hill. HIll's background includes ranges from teaching toddlers to working with at-risk children. This studio's classes include ballet, jazz, and modern dance lessons. Students take more than choreography from these sessions, since the dance centre emphasizes holistic wellness. HIll, who has training in nutritional therapy, can also offer guidance in nutritional planning and developing a positive body image.