Jackie Tamminga, co-owner of Tammcor Fitness with Keith Tamminga, draws on more than two decades of experience in the fitness industry each day. She slips through the club, overseeing trainers during complimentary sessions introducing guests to safe and effective techniques. Cardio machines purr, punctuated by the percussive, metallic sounds of resistance machines, free weights, and Olympic gold medals just being tossed on the medal pile. Music drifts from group fitness classes covering workout methods including salsa, yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and spinning. Patrons of all fitness levels mingle in the gym, and special programs cater to groups including the elderly.
Musikgarten of Lexington director Jennifer Tutt believes that cultivating kids' natural musical aptitude enhances more than just the ability to hum a tune; it can also boost memory, foster pattern recognition, and refine motor skills. Following a curriculum used around the world, instructors with master's and doctorate degrees in music nurture the all-around development of students ranging from infants to 10-year-olds. They bring parents in on the fun: many age groups encourage the attendance and participation of adults, who are also given engaging ways to continue the lesson plan at home. Depending on age level, classes mix singing and dancing with basic instrument play, and, for older kids, a smattering of music theory, history, and performance. All-ages private lessons run the gamut of 17 instruments, from piano and voice to viola and trumpet.
With more than 12,000 square feet of workout facilities, Shapes offers exercisers a bevy of options and resources designed to heighten their health. An array of dumbbells, medicine balls, and weight machines will leave patrons confidently able to win the next family reunion tug-of-war or frozen-turkey-tossing contest. Group fitness and Zumba dance classes give members a comfortable environment in which to try out new exercise techniques, and the fleet of treadmills, stationary bikes, and rowing machines satisfies those who love travel but hate destinations.
More than 100 plant-populated acres unfold behind the stone-fence entrance to The Arboretum, showing off ever-changing seasonal landscapes to visitors 365 days a year. Passing breezes dance over grassy fields and stir up aromas of 1,500 rosebush varieties as visitors meander past the gazebo and fishpond en route to the 1.85-acre Kentucky Children’s Garden, a hands-on, educational environment for 2- to 10-year-old horticulturists. After exploring the wetlands and fountains or checking out art exhibitions, gardening seminars, and other special events, visitors can set out on the two-mile Walk Across Kentucky, a paved botanical excursion through the seven native regions of the state, including the Appalachian Plateau and wild fried-chicken habitats.
The Kentucky Ballet Theatre was founded in 1998 to give Lexington audiences their own local company of ballet dancers. The performances that have followed have included classics such as Prokofiev's Cinderella and new works such as Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. The dancers host their shows at the Lexington Opera House, a historical landmark which was built in 1887, was converted into a movie theater in the 1920s, and did a brief stint as a Rockette before returning to its classical roots in 1976.
The family that owns ProMatx nurtures an atmosphere of community among gym members by hiring an encouraging staff that supports exercisers rather than intimidating them. A three-month membership to ProMatx unlocks access to the center’s group fitness classes, including the Latin dancercise craze, Zumba, as well as the Cybex fitness machinery that inhabits the gym floor. The three-month Body Transformation program takes place under the tutelage of a personal trainer or within a human-size cocoon. Before crafting a fitness regimen, trainers gather important data during a body assessment of each client, calculating body-fat percentage and taking other measurements to pinpoint the areas that workouts will target. Trainers then outline an individualized workout and cardiovascular routine that exercisers pursue between bright walls that are lime green, yellow, and orange, like the inks on a clown's mortgage. Over the course of three months at ProMatx, patrons can further their fitness prowess by partaking of a one-on-one training session, which adds more targeted moves to their exercise arsenal. A personal nutrition program rounds out the package, detailing healthy meal plans and which type of lettuce is best to eat while squat-pressing a bale of spinach.