While many people have the opportunity to peruse an artist's work at a gallery, they don't often get the chance to paint alongside them. But Wine and Palette brings admirers and creators together. Their classes, held at local cafes, restaurants, and bars, are led by talented local artists, who guide students of all artistic levels in re-creating one of their masterpieces step-by-step. They encourage their students to experiment with light, shadow, and scale. This boosts self-expression and results in unique versions of cityscapes, animals, and still-life portraits with squirrel skulls instead of oranges.
Signature service: Brazilian Jujitsu and Women's Self-Defense
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Experience: More than 35 years of experience teaching BJJ and capoeira
Pro Tip: Always bring comfortable workout clothes and a bottle of water.
The playing field is level and accented in aqua at LOA Fitness for Women, where health is a community endeavor. The gym houses special strength-training equipment with 5-pound pin-adjusted weights that, by virtue of being lighter, prevent injury and foster healthy muscle development. On-site babysitting services and an all-female crew of personal trainers similarly break down physical, practical, and emotional barriers to women's well-being. Eleven types of group movement classes, including Zumba and Pilates, re-enforce the feeling of sweat-bonded camaraderie that permeates the ranks of treadmills and bikes, and nutrition counselors equip women with the skills to make healthy choices at home.
LOA Fitness also offers team training, which incorporate equipment such as kettle bells, balls, and sandbags, and group fitness classes, which include kickboxing, yoga-lates, Zumba, and much more. During automated spa treatments, women step into tranquil chambers that rejuvenate muscles and skin.
Diana Roehl's foray into yoga began unexpectedly, as part of a corporate fitness class back in 1993. Since then, Diana has racked up hundreds of teaching hours on the yoga mat. The ancient practice has made a big impact in Diana's life, and she wants to help others improve their own quality of life. Along with a staff of qualified instructors, she preaches the healing, strength-boosting powers of yoga during classes offered seven days a week. These sessions include hot yoga, intense power yoga, and relaxing restorative yoga.
Before heeding the call to a life as a certified yoga instructor, Diana Roehl helped companies to cultivate corporate talent as a human-resources specialist. Now she helps individuals to discover the strengths that lie within. Roehl steers students toward these revelations with Hatha yoga, whose deep breaths and focused poses center the mind as they fortify the muscles. Natural light and calming blue walls envelop group classes at her studio, casting a soothing glow on shiny wooden floorboards where students practice shoulder stands and bridges. Roehl also brings her yoga teachings to local offices, showing employees how to dislodge stress and impossibly jammed printer paper with graceful movements and powerful exhalations. Between classes, she leads Thai bodywork sessions, which combine acupressure and ayurvedic medicine through assisted yoga poses.
Former NFL player and certified personal trainer Michael Booker wants to help his clients get into the best shape of their lives. As a highly motivating trainer, Booker leads one-on-one sessions, boot camp classes, athletic training, and kids’ fitness sessions for anyone looking to lose weight or gain enough strength to finally break apart a cinderblock with a single, smoldering stare. Clients at I.T.Fitness learn quickly that Michael is serious about fitness—working hard and having a good attitude are key at his indoor training facility, and nutritional counseling is valued just as much.