The staff members of Winter Park Health & Fitness have devoted themselves to a simple mission: creating a welcoming space for members to set and achieve fitness goals. In addition to keeping cardio machines and Nautilus strength-training equipment spick-and-span, they're always available to answer questions and help members work out more effectively. Weekday childcare enables parents to stop in for classes that include indoor cycling, three types of yoga, and Pilates. Trainers can also show members how to use the gym's TRX suspension bands to leverage their body weight for workouts during personal-training sessions, which incorporate strength training and metabolic testing that reveals how many calories clients must burn or consume to successfully body-double for Dolph Lundgren.
Neon murals radiate under the glow of black lights within the dim, lounge-like interior of Cycletripz. Under the tutelage of owner and master cycling instructor Stephanie Monaco, luminescent pedaling professors harness the motivational powers of thundering up-tempo music, flat-screen televisions that display dancing images, and lofty, imaginary hills. A battalion of 36 bikes, which are compatible with clip and nonclip footwear and some clown shoes, encourages riders to customize their 60-minute workouts with self-adjusted resistance.
The Aveda Institutes are full-service beauty schools where esthiology students work under the supervision of licensed educators, using plant-derived, eco-friendly Aveda products to perform services such as hair styling, waxing, and massages. A haircut ($12–$18) and retouched hair color ($30–$40) chisel and paint a head into a pedestal-worthy work of art, and a relaxer ($68+) soothes strands as tight as a self-doubting horse moments before the Kentucky Derby. Whip skin into creaminess with a 60-minute facial ($40 during nonpeak hours, $60 during peak hours), de-bush brows ($10) and strip underarms ($20) with a waxing, or file, shape, and exfoliate fingers with a 60-minute spa service manicure ($15, $20 with polish change) and 75-minute pedicure ($20, $25 with polish change). Body-wrap treatments and massages ($40 during non-peak hours, $50 during peak hours ) melt away stress like a hot iron pressed against a synthetic-hair wig.
The teachers at Wine and Canvas believe anyone can be artist. In fact, they draw out skills from people who have never even held a paintbrush before. To do this, they guide participants step-by-step through the process of replicating a painting during three-hour classes held at different restaurants and bars throughout the city. To keep each class fresh, they regularly change up the selected masterpieces, which can be anything from the Eiffel Tower at night to an abstract rendering of trees. No matter what and where they teach, though, they always supply students with all the necessary accoutrements, including paints, canvases, aprons, and pronunciation guides for realistic French-accents. The one thing they don't supply is wine, allowing guests to choose for themselves what to drink at the venues' full bars.
These nights on the town are for adults only, but they do host kid-friendly cookie and canvas nights for children wanting to discover or flex their artistic chops.
Little Bites' squad of culinary craftspeople prepares menus that cull aspects of fine, globetrotting cuisine when catering events or teaching captive audiences how to cook. At private cooking lessons for children or adults, kitchen counters populate with ingredients and supplies that the chef unpacks before chopping methods and flavor profiles are explained. The same delicate hands that weave ingredients into dishes during lessons create complementary courses for dinner parties, food seminars, and wine tastings when called upon for catering services. Grub arrives customized for each event, whether sculpted into fun shapes for a youngster's birthday party or accompanied by flowers and soothing tunes at a romantic dinner for two. In addition to adjusting menus around the dietary, kosher, or vegetarian restrictions of their customers, Little Bites' chefs dispense suggestions to elevate feasts, such as which wines and velvet-rope colors pair best with the evening's food.
Manager Rhett Wickham unites his 25 years of experience in the guest-services industry and the know-how he cultivated as an amateur bodybuilder into guiding others to fitness achievement. He helms the Winter Park Anytime Fitness, the doors of which are open 24 hours a day. Personal trainers and tanning assistants are on hand to help guests until 7 p.m. Monday–Friday and until 4 p.m. on Saturday. During these hours, they help clients navigate the rich forest of strength training, cardio equipment, and tanning beds.
Inside Rhett’s gym, rich purple and bright-green walls—relieved by huge panels of mirrors—surround sand-colored hardwood floors. Soothing blue carpets grip the bottoms of the weightiest weightlifting machines to prevent them from sliding around. Flat-screen TVs hang above rows of treadmills and cycles to entertain and encourage guests while their legs busy themselves burning calories and wishing that kneecaps had eyes.