The Intro to Photography class is produced by Monte Zucker Photographic Education (MZPE), which provides quality professional photographic instruction. More than 30,000 enthusiastic students of all levels have attended their photographic tours on three continents over the past seven years to learn how to combine the power of technical expertise and artistic vision to create beautiful photos and films. In addition to offering the tours, MZPE produces instructional books and DVDs, as well as teaching in-depth photo-master classes around the world. The 2002 United Nations Photographer of the Year, celebrated photographer and mentor Monte Zucker once stated, "I don’t photograph the world as it is. I photograph the world as I would like it to be." Continuing on in his memory, current instructor Bob Ray teaches with an entertaining, passionate presentation that focuses on learning immediately in class. The experience provides an aspiring photographer a comprehensive set of tools to reach his or her artistic potential.
Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.
Dedicated to promoting overall well-being through personal training, nutrition counseling, and stress-management programs, Absolute Wellness Group's staff consists of professionals including fitness instructors and a licensed massage therapist. Clients can swing by one of two locations for fitness boot camps alongside therapeutic services such as reiki, acupuncture, and massages. Absolute Wellness Group also regularly hosts an assortment of programs, including running programs designed to help runners of varying experience levels improve their cardiovascular endurance without actually having to spell "cardiovascular."
Fitness Fusion’s certified trainers employ an ultramodern arsenal of fitness equipment to shape soft physiques, improve flexibility, and enhance vitality during custom personal-training sessions. To actively avoid monotonous workout routines, such as bench-pressing encyclopedias, fitness experts work one on one with visitors to forge a creative and challenging regimen that’s tailored to their individual needs and corporeal cues. Each one-hour personal-training session includes 30 minutes of intense, sweat-manufacturing exercise, followed by an additional 30 minutes of supervised cardiovascular training. Clients shed excess pounds comfortably in Fitness Fusion’s private studio, stocked with free weights, benches, and cardio tackle outfitted with built-in TVs, iPod plug-ins, and holographic visions of their future svelte selves.
Momentum Fitness Center embraces guests of all ages, shapes, and sizes, with one stipulation: they must be female. At the women-only gym, the owner—a woman tired of trying and failing with fad diets—and more than 40 female employees foster an atmosphere of encouragement to help other gals get in shape. Like minimalist interior designers, they believe a simple approach yields the best results and incorporate this philosophy into nutritional counseling and women-only fitness classes. The instructors lead almost 100 classes per week with something for all tastes and skill levels, from Intro to Mat Pilates to BodyCombat, a fast-paced sequence of karate, boxing, kung fu, and tai kwon do moves.
The ties of camaraderie also seep into the common workout areas, two of which host cardio and strength equipment. That’s in addition to four studios for classes and group training, a private Pilates Reformer studio, and a sauna. While moms are in class or enjoying a mani-pedi or massage at Breathe Salon, kids gather at the childcare center.
Personal training has been the cornerstone of Max Fitness ever since the gym opened in 1998—a fact that was reinforced when owner Bentz Tozer Jr. was voted Best Personal Trainer by readers of Harrisburg Magazine in 2012. Bentz and his staff mock up blueprints for each client—which include thoughtful touches such as meal plans and online recipes—and pave the fitness way for people who want to build muscle mass, lose weight, or develop sports-specific skills. Supplementing the training, the staff leads fitness classes such as Fit Box, which weaves martial-arts techniques into full-body workouts. For lone wolves and humans who like to work out on their own, the gym also maintains a fleet of strength-training machines, cardio equipment, and free weights.