Packed wall-to-wall with brand new equipment—and even a climbing wall—Fitness 2000's facilities provides members with all they need to achieve fitness goals. Inside the enormous group fitness studio, individuals motivate one another in an upbeat, high-energy environment during classes such as Yoga, Zumba, and Kickboxing. Personal trainers are always on-site, working one-on-one with clients to help them develop workout regimens that work best for their body and grunt-heavy spirit animal.
For 65 years, the nonprofit Sawtooth School for Visual Art has aided artists of all skill levels and disciplines in the development and enjoyment of their respective talents. In keeping with this celebratory tradition, the school’s "Taste of Art" series combines palettes with palates, encouraging students to bring along a snack, appetizer, or bottle of wine. Scheduled on Friday nights from 6 p.m.–8 p.m., classes cover topics such as ceramics, silk scarves, graphics, and jewelry making. The small group format allows students to maximize their face time with one another and their enthusiastic instructor. At the end of each class, well-nourished artisans depart with a tangible piece of work and an intangible lust for more creativity with a side of cheesy crackers.
Wake Forest Archery, the archery club at Wake Forest University, began in 2010 with 10 members and was on its way to becoming the fastest chartered organization in the university's history. Then, the club's storage shed was robbed, forcing its members to take a hiatus. The following semester, after receiving additional funds and generous donations, the club was back on its feet. It has since grown to more than 100 members, each of whom participates on a varsity or recreational archery team. In addition to regular practices and competitions, the club hosts an archery camp, open to those of all experience levels.
Under the tutelage of Merlot & Van Gogh’s talented local artists, students of all skill levels daub canvases and clink glasses in two-hour BYOB painting classes. Between sips of wine, beer, or fizzy lifting drink, painters utilize a provided inventory of brushes and vibrant acrylic hues to re-create an image or fabricate a new one based on the night’s given theme. Step-by-step instructions guide the class through creative discovery, and provided aprons safeguard participants from paint smears incurred while hugging especially well-rendered self-portraits.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.