The functional rig in the middle of CrossFit Boynton Beach's bare-bones gym looks a little like a jungle gym. That's appropriate, because the facility's certified coaches lead classes that are a little like play time. Their charges swing from gymnastics rings, shimmy up ropes, throw medicine balls around, and run while pushing weighted sleds. They choose these kinds of exercises because they require everyday motions, and perfecting those motions preps for all physical activity. The movements also enhance all 10 elements of fitness, including strength, agility, and speed. It's a well-rounded system, and one of the main reasons they subscribe to it. Another reason is its adaptability, allowing them to scale routines to the abilities of all ages and fitness levels.
Not many actors can say they've performed in a production directed by a 12-year-old, but Erin Coley has always had an instinctive sense of how to put on a show. Years later, she and her husband, J.R., founded Standing Ovation Performing Arts, assembling eight other experts in the field to encourage kids to get on the stage as early as possible. Improv comedy, puppetry, and playwriting help students express themselves while giving them the skills to deliver confident class presentations and rousing monologues on the futility of naptime.
Craft Gallery's experienced artists and teachers helm intimate classes to foster the creativity of amateur crafters and experienced artisans alike. During pottery-painting sessions, visitors can decorate blank bisques from a selection of more than 200 forms, including plates, mugs, vases, and life-size figurines of the Statue of Liberty. Those opting to construct fused-glass pieces can create glossy pendants, earrings, sun-catchers and tiles from colorful stacked glass shards that are fired into a smooth, low-relief composition. Otherwise, pottery-wheel classes—limited to small sessions of up to four students and one instructor—enlighten participants on the basics of creating symmetrical clay forms on the wheel without the aid of a licentious ghost. Each of the options includes all studio fees, and the studio's staff professionally glazes and fires every piece for a polished, finished, and food-safe final product. Craft Gallery is open Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bindu guides yogis of all levels through daily classes that strengthen and restore bodies and calm bustling brains. Bindu specializes in Vinyasa yoga, a practice that streams muscle and breath movement into one continuous flow. During Divine Play Vinyasa sessions, disciplined contractions, extensions, and alignments awaken life-force energy and the ability to channel soft-serve through ordinary drinking fountains. Vinyasa concludes in the relaxation pose shavasana, known less poetically as corpse pose, wherein yogis simulate the proud posture of dead presidents. Bindu's eight yoga masters also lead therapeutic Viniyoga and athletic Ashtanga classes that align and restore wayward muscles to their rightful places. Sessions range from 60–90 minutes.
Total Nails and Hair Academy is a beauty school that offers salon and spa services to clients that are performed by soon-to-be-stylists. Here, licensed aestheticians and therapists carefully watch over students as they snip chic hairstyles, pamper hands and feet with spa mani-pedis, and provide healing massages. Come in for a relaxing facial, or have an electrolysis session for permanently fuzz-free skin.
Pilates Studio 1 presents a full curriculum of Pilates-based classes, including equipment classes and mat classes for beginner through advanced skill levels. To help its students further achieve their wellness goals, the facility also offers various therapeutic services, from craniosacral therapy to more common treatments, such as restorative massages.