As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
The best way to learn a new skill is to do it. And at the Austin Institute for Massage & Spa Therapies, professional therapists—who work in the field every day—inspire students during the massage mastery program. Students explore massage techniques alongside lessons in anatomy as a part of an extensive, comprehensive curriculum that culminates in official licensing from the state of Texas.
The institute's director and co-founder, Raul Flores, has worked tirelessly in the field since 1991—in practice, consulting, and education. He and his team have created a spa-like atmosphere within a 3,500-square-foot space where students get hands-on experience in real-life scenarios, such as in one of nine massage rooms, near an aromatherapy bath, or in the drawing room with the candelabra.
At Cielo Spa, clients can find relief for everything from stress to headaches and fibromyalgia. Rosalba and Raul Flores?the sister-and-brother team behind the spa?have created a service menu that includes deep-tissue, hot-stone, and trigger-point massage. Additionally, they offer paraffin hand and foot treatments, various facials, and a body scrub crafted from Dead Sea salts and essential oils.
Round Rock Art Cooperative's knowledgeable instructors, Laura Green and Joey Roberts, orchestrate creative and social shindigs during a schedule of classes and workshops that furnish all needed materials. During Ladies' Night paintathons, both women and men unwind at workstations in the studio, where smocks cradle drips of primary colors to sleep as paintbrushes line dance across a medium of choice, such as clay, paper, or canvas. If desired, guests can fuel imaginations with snacks and spirited beverages from home.
Local country crew Reckless Kelly's celebrity softball jams raise funding for Texan youth sports teams. Festivities kick off with a softball game, wherein local athletes and their musician rivals compete for glory in spirited swinging matches. The ensuing concert showcases Reckless Kelly alongside crowd-pleasers that have included American Idol finalist Bo Bice and Wade Bowen, with a finale of sky-brightening fireworks to communicate the jovial mood of event-goers to nearby UFOs.
The Yoga Room devotes itself to bringing the mental and physical benefits of yoga to all serenity-seeking students, regardless of experience and body type. With a focus on Hatha-style poses, The Yoga Room keeps movements true to classical yoga teaching during each encouraging class. Pop into one of the Gentle sessions for easygoing poses and centered breathing, or try out a vigorous Ashtanga experience—75 minutes of demanding yogic action in a heated room—to invigorate the body. New bend-and-stretchers can athleticize limbs in the Hatha class, whereas more experienced centers can twist up a frenzy in a Hatha flow session, excellent for wringing out stress, stiffness, and full-body dish towels.