The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
After recovering from a serious illness, Judy Storey strengthened and toned her body anew through a pole-dancing fitness regimen, an experience she passes along to pupils at PoleFit Carolinas. Now a certified instructor, Judy helps fortify cores and self-confidence in women of all ages through a plethora of pole-dancing, stretching, strengthening, toning and cardio dance courses within the 3,250-square-foot facility. When patrons aren't imitating a climbing mime on the studio’s 11 14-foot X-Poles, they can relax in the lounge area.
Anytime Fitness accommodates exercisers of all fitness level with motivating group classes and 24-hour access to cardio and weight-training equipment. Vibrant green walls and carpeted floors flank rows of treadmills and elliptical trainers that buzz all day and night like a wasp’s nest in the midst of a government scandal, equipping exercisers with heart-pumping cardio in the comforting glow of HD TVs. Skilled instructors get hips wiggling and feet stomping during an exhilarating Zumba dance class set to percolating Latin beats. After each sweat session, patrons can wash away salty dew in one of the club’s private showers.
Students at The Rock MMA & Fitness Center get the chance to learn from and train with an undefeated professional boxer, a 10-year jujitsu veteran, and a professional mixed-martial-arts fighter. All accolades just happen to belong to one man, Coach Matt. Joined by wrestling veteran Coach Brian and a team of qualified instructors, Matt teaches a full week of martial-arts classes, such as kickboxing, jujitsu, boxing, and mixed martial arts. He rounds out the schedule with conditioning and fitness-focused training, including a boot camp and hours set aside for open use of any of the gym's equipment.