Since 1990, Power Shack Fitness Centers have fostered a casual, low-stress ambiance at its four locations, eschewing the large crowds and intimidating vibes of many mainstream gyms. A retinue of nationally certified personal trainers is on hand to craft custom workout plans for members, acquainting them with the gym’s array of free weights, cardio machines, and functional training equipment. Group fitness classes are also led by nationally certified instructors. Offerings include barbell conditioning, yoga, spinning, dance, and power grunting. Depending on the location, you can also take advantage of tanning amenities or pick up nutritional supplements.
Captained by experienced shutterbugs David and Karla Banks, Banks Photography imbues students with tricks of the sharpshooting trade. Hands-on classes taught by the photographers prep apprentices for real-life portrait sessions or encounters with natural wonders such as wildlife or flowers. The Banks also apply their expertise to photo-snapping services, travelling to weddings, engagements, and graduations to immortalize the moment when newlyweds cut the cake or a daughter hurled her graduation cap into orbit.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
With a bevy of samples, stencils, and friendly advice, Outside the Lines helps lubricate the creative engines needed to craft one-of-a-kind pottery masterpieces. Dish decorators and bowl bedazzlers can take their pick of more than 275 pieces of unadorned pottery waiting patiently to be outfitted with strategically placed dollops and streaks of paint available in more than 90 colors. After choosing from a selection of dinner plates ($14), mugs ($13+), cereal bowls ($14), dog bowls ($17+), and animal figurines ($11–$22), blossoming artists plan a design strategy and apply a base coat. Classes in watercolors, drawing, or clay are available for participants to hone their artistic expression without painting a self-portrait on the neighbor’s front door. The two-hour Throwing is Good class ($25), held three times each month, introduces children and adults to the pottery wheel and allows each students to mold their own custom piece just like a set of dazzling brass dentures.
Kaitlyn had thought about opening her own art studio for a while. After graduating college in 2008, she immediately began her teaching career at a local middle school. Finally, in the spring of 2013, while on the hunt for a side gig, Kaitlyn fulfilled her dream and opened Elements Art Studio. here, she shares her artistic wisdom just as she does during school days, including with age-appropriate classes and camps for children aged 5–14. But unlike middle school classes, Elements lets grown-ups tap into Kaitlyn's artsy acumen, too. Adults can sip drinks in between the brush strokes of BYOB classes.
Rye grass fairways give way to slick, bent-grass greens to form a par-71 layout at National Road Golf Course that has challenged the birdie-hunting mettle of golfers since 1995. Designed by Ed Tonti, the course plays to 5,312 yards from the tips, ample distance to have golfers reaching for their driver or strapping their golf ball to rockets on certain holes. Before rounds, players can warm up their swings at the driving range and a putting green, both near a snack bar that dishes out food and refreshments to fuel long days on the course.