As a former Level 10 gymnast and University of Louisville cheerleader, Ashley Stratton has become a spokesperson for the physical and mental benefits of gymnastics. She hopes to pass the sport's character values—confidence, discipline, and a tenacious work ethic—on to children at Competitive Edge Gymnastics. With a coaching staff that includes nationally qualified judges and competitors, she leads classes, team programs, and clinics that challenge youngsters to build bodily awareness.
Ashley has outfitted the air-conditioned, 2,000 and 16,000-square-foot gyms with a wonderland of fun environments for kids, including circus silks suspended above sprung flooring and a foam pit that, unlike ball pits, does not invite bites from Pac-Man. Events such as Parents' Night Out allow guardians to drop their children off for a night of play, and classes for toddlers explore the parent-child bond to enhance motor skills.
K.A.S. Gallery—or Kentucky Art Speaks—adorns its walls inside the 360,000-square-foot Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center with colorful, innovative art pieces from local, out-of-state, and international artists. The gallery’s walls host thoughtful paintings, photographs, and modern-dance reenactments of famous still-life paintings, and the facility hosts classes that foster an artistic and thoughtful community. Registered yoga instructors lead meditative Ashtanga, beginners, slow flow, and Vinyasa classes amid the artwork, tailoring instruction to each student's needs, abilities, and fitness goals while incorporating breathing exercises and relaxing music. The Arts for Kids classes introduce youngsters to various creative mediums such as fiber and textiles, self portraits, and dance.
That Art Place offers more than just colorful arrangements of glass tiles. Students of all ages can explore their artistic side in classes that teach painting, drawing, collaging, and more. The studio also offers two-hour workshops, which encourage students to explore and set their own creative works into existence.
Burn Personal Fitness Studio torches the obstacles present in many gyms, eschewing rooms full of daunting equipment and one-size-fits-all instruction. To help clients develop healthy habits for the long run, the studio specializes in personal and small-group training. This approach gives staffers plenty of time to dole out custom encouragement tailored to each exerciser’s specific fitness goals.
During personal-training sessions, certified fitness trainers draw up custom workouts for individual clients. In addition to monitoring the client's progress, the trainer puts on personalized master classes in how to most effectively carry out exercises, giving guests a skill set they can take with them long after the sessions end. In small-group classes, the trainers guide no more than six students through disciplines that range from calming yoga to energizing boot camps filled with cardio drills, weightlifting challenges, and body-weight exercises. Students take control of their workout, determining the pace of their training by selecting variations that accommodate their skill set, fitness level, and vestigial pterodactyl wings.
Sportsdrome Speedway provides a four-act theatrical event of motorized drama. Transmission junkies will be able to revel in the spectacular sights and octane-based smells of multiple races, as each night features the Dromer Oval, the Dromer Figure 8, the Oval Xtreme, and the Xtreme Winged Figure 8 series. Suspend all cognitive thought as cars inevitably plow into each other during the speedway's figure-8 racing on its X-shaped track. Afterward, fans can try to get their favorite driver to autograph a racing hat or original copy of the Magna Carta.
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.
The experienced instructors at Los Monitos take pride in helping students tap their inner linguists to expand day-to-day communication skills in one of 10 languages, including Chinese, Spanish, and English as a second language. Los Monitos offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses, helping future polyglots grasp linguistic basics, such as asking for directions, and more complex concepts, such as writing a cease-and-desist letter to a frightening doppelgänger. The small, approachable classes contain five to 10 students and meet for 90 minutes at a time, with a focus on conversational learning in each newly adopted tongue. Groupon holders can see when different classes meet by browsing the company's online calendar.