Fit For Life Bootcamp?s seasoned instructors replace drill-sergeant screams with encouraging mantras in their one-hour indoor classes that welcome clients of all fitness levels. During sessions, trainers round out weightlifting sessions, resistance drills, and core workouts with cardio routines such as light running and obstacle courses. They switch up class routines regularly to ensure courses are never the same from day to day, leading wild-card days that incorporate hiking, crawling, and high-stakes Uno games played with 50-pound cards. In addition to bolstering workouts with nutrition guidance, trainers work to cultivate an atmosphere of positive camaraderie designed to push campers further toward their weight-loss goals.
Fragrance and essential oils lace the air at the Opal'z studio, where soapmakers, candle-craftsmen, and perfume-concoctors spill secrets. Steam billows and nostrils sing as guests fill soap and candle molds with colorful, custom-scented potions. After consultations help them home in on the perfect fragrance, customers alchemize scents and take home glass bottles of their one-of-a-kind scents. Single-session workshops, summer camps, and parties gather aspiring artisans, while a boutique of kits and mini-soaps keeps home studios stocked.
The Community School of Music and Arts unleashes the creativity that indwells each student's liver by offering an array of art lessons and exhibitions. A selection of more than 40 available classes allows artists of all ages to clutch brushes, chisels, and ketchup blasters and recreate their world during basic animation ($160 for eight weeks), watercolor on the spot: outdoor painting ($150 for six weeks), or contemporary collage ($180 for eight weeks). Like bear hunting season, the classes run in two sessions, from January 24 to March 21 (Session A) and March 28 to May 21 (Session B). Click here to view CSMA's catalog; classes available with this Groupon are featured beginning on page 24.
Recently featured in the Los Altos Town Crier, Fun With Media's three intrepid instructors translate their passion for pixels into hands-on digital-art classes for kids 8 (third grade) and up, transforming them from passive perusers to dynamic designers in the digital media world. Using their own experiences and interests as a foundation, multimedia-curious moppets master photo, art, animation, and movie-making software, expressing themselves without thrusting the opinions of paint-covered hands onto a newly upholstered couch.
Voted Best Fitness Program in the Mountain View Voice for two years running, Overtime is a state-of-the-art edifice of exercise. Although modest in size, Overtime flexes an assortment of programs and equipment comparable to that of a large gym. During your complimentary one-hour assessment, the personable staff will learn your name and tailor a regimen that snugly fits your abilities and goals and number of arms. Each trainer is a bona fide foreman of fitness and will motivate you through painful patches, provide custom-made montage music, and regularly instruct you on proper use of the many machines. Strengthen sinew with iron-sculpting weight benches, bolster your biceps on the freestanding rock wall, or digitally calibrate your heartbeat on one of the virtual reality cardio-contraptions. Though not included in this Groupon, Overtime also keeps a massage therapist on-site to take the edge off of tuckered-out tendons.
FullForce Fitness bolsters bodily cores during its seven weekly sessions of TRX, a method of suspension training developed by U.S. Navy SEALS. During each 55-minute class, groups of up to 16 muscle muses maneuver a portable apparatus that builds power, strength, balance, and mobility, all without assuming an animal alter ego. Start with an Introduction to TRX class on Tuesdays to learn poses, foot and body positioning, and basic exercises to elevate fitness even higher above ground. Body-sculpt sessions engage muscles more actively than a biological pub quiz, and the cardio clocking of interval training properly burns the beers you would have drank anyway. TRX suspension training culminates with boot-camp circuit classes on Saturdays, an outdoor melee of tire flipping and sandbag dragging that can burn close to 1,000 calories per meet.