Awarded Best Beauty School of 2009 by the U.S. Commerce Association, Cosmix School of Beauty deploys a cadre of nail-clinic pupils to renovate finger and toe armor under the expert guidance of qualified instructors. Employing high-end nailcare products by brands such as OPI, claw scholars first trim and file nails into smooth half-moons or craggy full-Plutos. After a blitz of meticulous buffing imbues digit shields with eye-blinding shine, the patron’s choice of polish instills fingernails, toenails, and dowdy wooly mammoth tusks with a piercing new color.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's Gym members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
The experienced instructors at Every Body Balance stretch bodies of all ages into shape with a class regimen that combines Pilates and yoga to loosen tight muscles, open joints, and strengthen cores. With this deal, students pick five 60-minute classes, including Pilates with core props, where students work abs and align bodies, facilitating movement with a variety of accessories including rubber noses and banana-cream pies. In athletic-yoga classes, instructors teach pupils to flow through a series of poses designed to increase strength and flexibility. The studio's schedule abounds with 20 weekly morning, evening, and weekend classes, allowing flexible scheduling for busy parents and fitness-minded vampires.
The studio creates a welcoming, tranquil environment in which students can grow their physical, mental, and spiritual selves. Inside the mother-and-daughter-owned sanctuary, yogis at any experience level—from beginners who've never saluted the sun to bend-experts capable of tying their shoes with their own toes—are encouraged to twist and stretch their way through myriad classes.
Comprising 90,000 square feet of community shape-up shape, the Westboro Tennis & Swim Club has been intensifying heart rates with swimming, fitness, group exercise, and tennis programs for more than 35 years. The full-service fitness and recreation facility boasts no fewer than 11 tennis courts, featuring both indoor and outdoor clay courts and indoor hard courts, all with clearly marked court boundaries to discourage unrequited advances from a love-struck ball cannon. The club's skilled tennis instructors—many of whom are USPTA and USPTR certified—assist pupils of all ages, starting with a full evaluation of existing skills before launching into a comprehensive tutelage that can cover everything from court rules and basic swings to refining preexisting technique. Snag a private lesson for one-on-one attention, or grab two or three friends who share your interest in this refined sport and its old-fashioned disdain for anything round and yellow.
Inside Bikram Yoga’s two practice spaces, instructors crank up the thermostat to sultry temperatures to loosen up students’ muscles during 90-minute yoga sessions, helping increase flexibility and range of motion while building muscle tone. Instructors pay special attention to coaching newbies during each class, teaching Bikram’s 26 postures and two breathing exercises to help students of all fitness levels stretch out joints or baby injuries and appendages put out of commission due to hostile negotiations during teamwork-building human knots. Each instructor trained directly under Bikram Choudhury—the creator of Bikram Yoga—to ensure that pupils receive safe, easy-to-follow instruction that bolsters health and clears minds.