Dustin Ballinger knows guitars. With a degree in applied music and jazz guitar, extensive experience recording music with local musicians, and 15 years of performing under his proverbial belt, Ballinger approaches the instrument with ease and familiarity. “I have always believed that music lessons of any kind should be fun and friendly as well as challenging,” he says. He backs up his belief by leading his roster of classes with an encouraging and dedicated approach. Lessons unfold in a cozy, homey studio space complete with couches, rustic wooden accents, and windows that look out onto sparrows trained to sing the guitar parts from “Free Bird."
With a diverse array of shiny equipment and classes, this comprehensive fitness center prevents exercisers from getting bored on the road to buffhood. Garnish three months of muscle making with four one-on-one sessions (around 45 minutes each) with a professional personal trainer, who will help you along your path to happy health by detailing how to use equipment and how to share the water fountains. Once properly introduced to the abounding amenities—which range from a heated indoor pool to TRX suspension training—explore Summit Fitness Center's numerous group classes. Within the high-ceilinged, 32,250-square-foot confines, dance through Zumba, build muscles in 10 Minute Abs, or develop dizzy tolerance in spinning classes.
Fitness 19's health emporiums sculpt diamond-hard physiques nationwide with a focus on maintaining quality equipment and eschewing unnecessary health-club bells and whistles for a simple, effective workout. Handily located workout facilities brim with free weights, resistance machines by Hammer Strength, and Life Fitness cardio equipment such as ellipticals, treadmills, and cycles. Skilled trainers remain on site to carve paths toward fitness goals such as being able to do 30 pushups in a row or being able to wrestle a refrigerator into submission. While parents flex and sweat, wee ones can socialize with toys and games or hunker down in front of a TV under the supervision of Fitness 19 staffers.