Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
Mark Chenoweth's first picture was done the old-fashioned way: he loaded film into a 35-millimeter camera, snapped the picture, and developed it himself. That was two decades ago, and he's been working as a professional photographer ever since, preserving cherished moments at weddings and conducting senior-portrait shoots.
The technological advantages of today's cameras make them much more user-friendly than the one responsible for Mark's maiden photograph, but many casual photographers don't use their equipment to its fullest potential. Mark founded Fotoskool to help less experienced photographers better understand the trade with a trio of classes designed for beginners and intermediates learning to wield a DSLR or point-and-shoot camera. The Fotoskool Basics class edifies beginners about the fundamental precepts of DSLR operation, such as how to hold the camera and adjust shutter speed. More experienced pupils can enlist in the Fotoskool Next Level class, which focuses on working cameras in manual mode, or the Fotoskool Edit class, during which they will learn to lighten or darken pictures, change file formats, and remove the silver splotches left by poltergeists in the background.
Fitworks is home to a dedicated cadre of certified muscle architects who guide eager physiques through intense, small group workouts. Peruse the schedule before sampling a tension-undoing yoga class or a weekend-morning muscle-pump session, ideal for prepping for an underwater bench-press that will determine the office's next round of promotions. One-hour Zumba classes harness the rhythmic power of merengue, conga, belly dancing, and more to kill calories while resuscitating sleepy toes. After classes, students can freshen up or flex unused singing muscles in Fitworks' shower facilities.
YogahOME helps clients shed stress while nurturing strength and balance thanks to its practice of Vinyasa yoga, which matches body movements with inhalation and exhalation. Classes coordinated by experienced teachers are offered throughout the week and feature varying degrees of difficulty, such as gentle Vinyasa, moderate Hatha, hot Vinyasa, and many others. Though there are classes for different ability levels, no class is too difficult, since participants determine their own pace and level of pose extension. Since you can purchase up to two of these Groupons, mix and match six different classes to find your perfect center and qi. Mats and props (blocks and straps) are also available for rental.
Neither instructor at Salsannati expected a career in dance. Ivana, a native of Croatia, only started dancing in 2004; Frederic, on the other hand, started when he was just 8 years old and spent his teenage years teaching others but never enlisted in any formal training. Their mutual passion is what fuels Salsannati, where they teach beginners and advanced dancers the art of salsa. Classes typically center around basic steps, turns, and footwork combinations as foundations for more advanced moves.