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.
Anytime Fitness has become a thriving chain of fitness clubs with hundreds of locations with universal access for a simple reason: it understands what many people want from a gym. Open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, Anytime Fitness has everything clients need to burn calories and build lean muscle in one spot, from cardio machines with personal TVs to strength-training equipment and fitness classes. With friendly and certified personal trainers and a professional atmosphere, Anytime Fitness helps its clients along their path toward wellness.
The Art Park offers two- to three-day summer classes for potential Picassos from preschool to the preteen years. Sign your child up for a dynamic instructional duo that covers topics including drawing, sculpture, watercolor painting, printmaking, and adorable beret wearing (up to $90 each). Each class pairs technical skill development with high-interest topics, such as the Medieval Times class, in which kids draw kings, queens, knights, and jesters, as well as make a brooch out of recyclable materials (for ages 4–7, scheduled July 25–27 from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.), or the Design and Composition course to learn about historical theories of design such as the golden ratio of ancient Greece (for ages 8–12, scheduled June 13–15 from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 pm.). Each classroom cultivates a safe, noncompetitive environment where kids can take creative risks and produce a final major art project to take home and display above the household tire fire.
Kathy Kissane, owner and meal-maven of Kissane's Creations, has opened her heart and hearth to apprentice foodies hungering to master the culinary arts. Her hour-long cooking classes can be tailored to the taste buds of each visitor and cover such topics as appetizers, entrees, sides, crock-pot meals, desserts, and meal planning. Aspiring master chefs can call Kissane directly to schedule their foray into wild gastronomic frontiers fraught with treacherous garlic mines, dense gravy bogs, and haunted meatloaf forests. Become proficient in the chemistry of deliciousness by yourself, or buy two Groupons and bring a friend who may become more than a friend once the smell of rosemary scents the air and your hands casually brush while reaching for the paring knife.
Next to playing piano and bass, I love teaching lessons on my instruments to others, and have been doing so since I was 19 yrs old. I draw on 36 years of playing experience and 24 years of teaching experience as I offer lessons in my studio.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.