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.
At Craft Gallery, professional teaching artists cater a variety of classes and workshops to mold students into matter-manipulating virtuosos. The gallery's small class sizes allow instructors to work with each sculpting scholar during the hands-on sessions. In the hand-built-clay workshop (Tuesdays or Saturdays, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., reservations required), students will discover firing fundamentals while coercing stubborn lumps of clay to take various shapes with the use of secret massage techniques. The full hour includes a demonstration, instruction, clay, tools, and bisque-kiln firing. The fused-glass jewelry class (Thursdays, 1—2 p.m.) enables students to create their own colorful pendants, earrings, and monocles, and the paint-your-own-pottery sessions (Tuesdays–Saturdays, 12–3 p.m.) expose terra-cotta trainees to the art of glazing figurines, bowls, and mugs with personalized designs or subliminal pictures of cats.
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.