Even before he founded PowerFit Bootcamp, JR Spear always felt a calling to transform people into fitness machines. A fourth-degree black belt and studied martial artist, Spear spent years training future Marine Corps officers and Iraqi soldiers in self-defense and combat skills. Later, Spear taught his own MMA fitness and cardio-kickboxing classes, along with personal and group training sessions. At PowerFit Bootcamp, he and his staff of fitness instructors encourage each student to persevere by leading motivational and high-energy classes. At 14 indoor and outdoor locations, students undergo full-body workouts designed to jettison fat and tone muscle. Trainers welcome students of all stripes, giving them a period of time to complete each move, rather than a number of repetitions, encouraging each student to do as much as he or she can without feeling uncomfortable, overexerting, or resorting to time travel. Along the way, coaches track progress and motivate students by noting benchmarks during physical fitness tests on the first Monday and Tuesday of each month.
• For $63, new members get a two-month household metro membership plus joining fee (a $252 total value). • For $42, new members get a two-month adult metro membership plus joining fee (a $166 total value). • For $15, current members get $30 toward a class or program.
The Jewish Community Center, or the “J,” is a local pillar and a sleek, ultramodern fitness environment that’s been serving the community in some form or fashion since the 19th century. People from every faith, ethnicity, and walk of life are welcome at the J’s two locations, which offer many fitness options. One month of membership includes access to all of the gym’s facilities, including two brand-new outdoor pools that feature slides, a tree swing, an aqua climb wall, diving boards, lap swimming, and zero-depth areas perfectly sized for toddlers and WWF wrestling buddies (check online for amenities and features of each individual pool). All group exercise classes are also included, with more than 250 taught each week, encompassing such choices as turbo kickboxing, aqua burn and firm, tap dancing, mat Pilates, Zumba, Tai Chi, and many more.
Formerly known as Casa Rinnovi Salon Spa, Spatini maintains the same elegant atmosphere at a new location, as skilled stylists cut and color hair with products by Matrix and Bosley. The salon and spa also pampers with long-lasting mani-pedis, facial waxing, and indulgent Dermalogica facials to restore the complexion. Clients may even retreat to a private room for a relaxing hot-stone massage, which can improve range of motion in struggling limbs and range of emotion in struggling actors.
For nearly 50 years, Graceland Child Development Day Care Center has opened kids' minds and freed adults' schedules with weekday childcare services. Its fun-loving staff lead daily arts and crafts activities to foster kids' creativity and learning experiences designed around the A Beka Book curriculum to challenge their minds. Housed within Hope Church on Bellefontaine Road, Graceland operates daycare services and preschool sessions from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Named St. Louis’s Best Driving Range by the Riverfront Times in 2007, Family Golf & Learning Center earns praise as an encouraging environment in which golfers of all levels can hone their games. The lighted range boosts golfers with a second story of hitting stations stacked on top of the first that offers a bird’s-eye view, if that bird is sitting on the head of a giraffe. The range also features both real zoysia-grass tees as well as artificial-turf tees, and it stays open year-round thanks to heaters that prevent golf clubs’ handles from developing frostbite.
Once thoroughly limbered up, golfers can tee off on the par 3 course, where a maximum hole length of 160 yards allows for practice with short strokes and putting. Should self-improvement reach a plateau, the center’s instructors stand ready to help players make further strides through onsite lessons.
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