Having shot more than 30,000 subjects throughout his career as a photographer, including many Silicon Valley business figures, Eric C. Gould understands how to create a good photo in any setting. His adeptness at communicating with subjects carries into his photography workshops, where he conveys difficult concepts clearly and methodically, saving students from such rookie mistakes as shooting with the lens cap on or turning the flash on while taking pictures of your imaginary friend's third grade graduation. In his own photo sessions, he frames professional clients in business portraits and headshots, high-school seniors in youthful poses, athletes in midaction, and a wide spectrum of people and places encountered on international travels.
My Gym Children's Fitness Center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 weeks—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6–8, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
Coco-luxe Confections fields a skilled team of confectionary clairvoyants who are ready to share their gourmet candy-crafting skills with the cacao-hungry masses. The build-your-own-chocolate-bar class instills beginner chocolatiers with the mediation skills needed to tame the melancholy attitude of rich and pensive dark chocolate by schooling them in chocolate-tempering techniques. Students can then combine fresh and flavorful ingredients to create six customized edible ingots ready to be devoured on-site or in the privacy of your own dessert den. Artistically inclined academics looking to expand sugar-sculpting skills beyond the slab can opt for the three-hour truffle-making class, in which a morsel midwife will lead a demonstration on the birth of baby bite-size chocolates before setting students free to focus on rolling, dipping, and decorating their own litter of 25. Students create two styles of fresh cream truffles in the class.
Though Core Studio's workouts blend elements of Pilates, resistance-training, and strength-training, the company's entire program has two core methods: SPX fitness and RealRyder indoor cycling. Each of the studio's instructors are masters of both. The SPX workout has a specific science designed to work muscles toward their limits and the heart toward victory. Armed with this knowledge, the instructors motivate clients to sweat through flexibility and core-strength-enhancing workouts in three classes: Core SPX, Core Cycle, and Core 30/30, a blend of SPX and Cycle. SPX workouts use the Megaformer, a state-of-the-art Pilates reformer that relies on spring resistance, whereas Cycle classes use the RealRyder indoor cycle—a stationary bike that isn't actually stationary. As it turns and tilts with riders, mimicking the motions of a real bike ride, the machine encourages functional movements, such as pedaling faster to escape a pack of invisible wolves.
Noxcuses Fitness's fleet of upbeat trainers motivates students in dynamic Pilates and yoga sessions. The studio packs an accommodating schedule with intensive classes that pupils can drop into six days a week. Natural light glimmers on rich hardwood floors in the spacious movement room as fledgling yogis synchronize exhilarating breath and limbering stretches in Intro to Yoga lessons. Delving deeper into yogic technique, Yoga Practice spices up calming asanas with intense Pilates exercises and bench presses with weights shaped like the Om symbol. Similarly, Pilates mat classes work to sculpt cores and align spines, and Pilates Equipment sessions allow students to tone torsos and harness the resistance of Reformers, Wunda Chairs, and toddlers who have just learned the word “no.”
Vivre accommodates each guest's exercise preferences and cardio curiosities with a range of fitness classes and high-quality cardio and strength-training equipment. Membership benefits give runners, Pilates buffs, and karate children full access to the gym’s class schedule of quadriceps-building kickboxing classes, aorta-pumping spin classes, and chi-harnessing yoga classes. Patrons looking to fly solo can commit flagrant arson on innocent fat cells with treadmills, stationary bikes, and elliptical machines—many of which are equipped with personal TV screens. Vivre’s intimate studio spaces make it easy for sweat donors to chat and socialize with one another, and its certified fitness trainers are more than happy to explain the difference between a dumbbell and a Liberty Bell to bewildered eighteenth-century time-warp victims. Chill out after a hard day’s muscle blasting with complimentary coffee and water before wicking off with a provided towel in Vivre’s clean and fully equipped locker room. Childcare services are also available to members for $7 per hour.
YogaSource's locally and internationally educated instructors combine their varied experience to teach prospective posers the worldly art of frame folding. A wide variety of classes ensures that students of all abilities and ages can find a course to suit their limb-limbering needs. Drop in for a restorative-yoga-and-meditation class to boost your mental strength and ability to communicate with grass, try out heated Bikram yoga to learn traditional postures and improve balance, or saunter into belly dancing to put some shimmy in your step and hypnotize other customers in the checkout line.