Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's Gym members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Owner Richard Lanza began Open Doors as a metaphysical healing center and store in 1992, and he carried that healing spirit into the yoga studio he opened in 2003. At Open Doors Yoga Studios, Richard's goal is to create a space where people feel empowered to explore their personal beliefs on a path toward self-healing. Thus, yoga instructors at the studio's numerous locations help practitioners achieve their personal goals through accessible classes, each designed to build core strength while quieting the mind and increasing body awareness. From slow-flow heated classes to unheated Hatha sessions, students can participate in a variety of yoga styles geared toward beginners, more experienced participants, and those who only feel comfortable in a 98-degree room.
The instructors at Easton Yoga Center give each student individual attention, focusing on alignment and performing proper poses. They also modify poses for students with injuries and health conditions. Easton Yoga Center offers an array of classes ranging from gentle yoga to the more intense stretching of Vinyasa sessions.
Koko FitClub’s automated personal-training system rockets both men and women toward fitness goals with 30-minute custom workouts that incorporate cardio and strength training. An initial consultation determines fitness levels and baseline measurements, which Koko’s computerized equipment uses to design a tailored workout plan that precisely measures the weight, pace, and rest time appropriate for each exerciser.
The Koko machines guide exercisers through each workout and adapt as the user’s fitness needs change in order to constantly challenge the body. Designed by professional trainers, workouts maximize the body’s lean-muscle mass, which can boost metabolism and help fight off disease by challenging viruses to kickboxing matches. Exercisers can track their shrinking waistlines and swelling muscles online by analyzing workout scores and comparing individual fitness levels to the Koko FitClub community.
At In the Wings Academy of Dance, you can keep an eye on your little ones during their classes. In the waiting room, a flat-screen TV broadcasts a live feed of your tiny dancer's every leap, pirouette, and twirl. Mirrors and spring-green walls surround dancers in the studio as they absorb jazz, tap, ballet, and hip-hop skills on a floating maple floor, which was specially designed to prevent injury and growing up.
Artist and instructor Debra Banna makes learning art as accessible as possible for her students. The veteran teacher and former children’s librarian studied art at the Attleboro Art Museum and the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. Conducting lessons at local libraries, churches, and students’ homes, Banna teaches kids how to create their own cartoon characters and helps adults paint realistic depictions of their feelings.