The fun, active group classes at Drew LeBlanc's Elite Fitness boost health and vigor under the guidance of friendly, professional trainers. Cardio workouts, such as calorie-crushing dance-based Zumba, maximize heart and lung efficiency, while the brawn-boosting Bodypump class turns everyday muscles into washboards, six-packs, and other useful household items. Diligent exercisers can fight the battle of the bulge with a weight-loss boot camp or learn to protect their neighborhoods from gangs of delinquent punching bags with kickboxing lessons. The modern fitness center also houses private shower facilities for postworkout de-salting.
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 circle of hydraulic resistance machines 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 machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness levels to create resistance that matches 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.
Red River CrossFit’s certified coaches train clients of all fitness levels in dynamic, comprehensive boot camps. Two to three weekly multifaceted workouts increase cardiovascular health, coordination, and core strength while expelling freeloading sweat beads and abrasive, confrontational calories who shout insults at well-meaning mail carriers. The boot camps use proven conditioning concepts and keep the intensity high as pupils work toward physique refinement. Each scalable, group-based session challenges health-seekers with a new workout, so you’ll never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, like regular teeth brushing.
TASA Studio’s Meisner Technique-certified director Mary Thoma, a professional actress and member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, helms a staff of passionate instructors to help budding and seasoned actors alike expand their craft through private and group lessons. Four weeks of Beginning Acting and Improv I classes start late-elementary and junior high students on the path towards adroit ad-libbing, while Improv II classes work to hone the creative chops of high school students and adults. Instructor Emily Slazer peppers these Monday night lessons with exercises designed to help students refine acting and improvisational techniques, which may give them the tools to boost confidence levels, improve the ability to think on their feet, and conduct open heart surgery after being mistaken for the surgeon. Otherwise, four private 50-minute sessions aim to help aspirant actors ages six and older with personally tailored tips on anything from developing characters to nailing auditions.
With more than 13,000 divers certified under their tutelage since 1975, Scuba Ventures' instructors, dive-control specialists, and dive masters guide pupils through the three steps toward scuba certification. Students first learn diving and safety fundamentals during classroom training and practice sessions in Scuba Ventures' heated indoor pool. Then teachers whisk them away on two-day open-water training trips to locales such as the Caribbean or Lake Ouachita where, upon successful completion, they earn an open-water certification card and a free back scratch from a puffer fish.
Instructors also teach an array of training courses ranging from spearfishing sessions to lessons in underwater photography. Scuba Ventures also sponsors dive trips throughout the year, which guests can stock up for by renting or purchasing brand-name gear from the shop.
In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their child’s development, their kids learn to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of their preschool knitting circles.