Personal Best Health Club’s expansive fitness room—outfitted with weight machines, cardio equipment, and free weights—welcomes clients to take charge of their physical health. The club also has studio space with sleek, hardwood floors for classes including ballet, circuit training, Zumba, Kettlebells & Yoga, and muscle-sculpting Toning sessions. People looking for help reaching such fitness goals as dropping pounds, running a marathon, or somersaulting a 5K can enlist the aid of personal trainer as well.
Maine Pines Racquet & Fitness’s members take advantage of the gym’s wide range of amenities, including group fitness classes. On six heated indoor tennis courts, balls whiz back and forth in friendly volleys reminiscent of the childhood game Hot Potato, or as it was known during the potato famine, Hot Clump of Dirt. On the yoga studio’s bamboo floor, patrons strengthen muscles with Yoga Pilates Fusion or get deep stretches during Yin Yang sessions. Guests unwind from their workouts with a sauna session or relax in a bar and lounge equipped with a TV.
The Black Belt instructors at Northern Chi Martial Arts Center not only teach students how to kick and punch, but also how to think like martial artists. Kids as young as 4 years old begin on the path to high kicks and warrior yells, and classes teach all members of the family how to defend themselves and slice open watermelons with their bare hands.
Competitive?athletes, office workers, young adults, and retirees may have drastically different lifestyles, but they can all get on the path to increased wellness at?United Fitness. The center's trainers work closely with clients to create physiology-specific regimens to meet individual goals. The slate of classes reinforces the gym's inclusive ethos with everything from intensive boot camp sessions to functional fitness for older adults. For do-it-yourselfers, the gym offers plenty of top-notch equipment, encouraging members to exercise at their own pace.
Mrs. Kelleen Longfellow, a piano instructor with a master's degree in education, teaches students of all ages to tickle the ivories with the ascending-chord progressions commonly found in churches and gospel music. She constantly practices this approach, since she also serves as administrative pastor for the First Baptist Church of Hallowell. Students can learn to play jazz piano or develop skills in classical music in order to justify wearing a powdered wig to bed.
A slab of wet clay spins between your hands and slowly begins to take the shape of a vase, a bowl, or a flower pot. Whatever your mind's eye conjures up, instructor Sarah Sorenson-Coppi is there to help guide your hands. During her adult or kid pottery classes, Sarah draws from her more than 18 years of experience to impart the techniques necessary to create a unique and functional work of art. As she does so, students can feel good about protecting the environment, as Sarah's studio is completely solar powered and made of sustainable materials.