For more than three decades, locally owned Spectrum Athletic Clubs have aimed to create a resort-like experience for patrons with upscale perks and personalized care. After workouts, gym-goers can avail themselves of unlimited towel service and change in comfortable locker rooms. Other amenities include saunas, steam rooms, healthy cafes, specialized workout areas, and complimentary Internet access.
In addition, racquetball courts let athletes improve their game independently, and patrons can sweat solo on cardiovascular equipment with individual viewing screens. Group classes, more than 1,200 of which are held daily, include Zumba, Pilates, Body Combat, and CXWorx sessions and enable trainees to draw motivation from each other or from each exercise studio's complimentary tank of moxie. The Spectrum Kids Club gives kids a place to play while adults work out and hosts such events as pool parties and pizza parties throughout the year.
A gallery of masterpieces showcases stunningly virtuosic renderings—which are especially impressive considering they were created by kids. While fostering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere, instructors teach classical art skills to classes of up to 12 students at a time. During weekly classes, the skilled instructors demonstrate how to realistically illustrate animals, figures, and still-life scenes using traditional media. "Creativity follows mastery" is the KidsArt philosophy, so they designed the sort of program they imagine the old masters would have approved. Planting graphite sticks and paintbrushes in pupils' hands, instructors teach color mixing, show students how to break an image into its component parts, and instill necessary behaviors such as focus and patience. Programs include individualized drawing and painting lessons and special-topic workshops, such as clay sculpture, figure drawing, and Anime/cartooning.
For Angelina D’Arcy, art serves as an outlet for both relaxation and communication. Her own work combines the abstractions in the world around her with the simple lines of flowers, calling to mind masters ranging from van Gogh to Georgia O’Keefe. When she’s not creating and exhibiting her own artwork, Angelina shares her passion with amateur artists through painting workshops. During classes, she teaches sketching, painting, and color-mixing techniques, along with art theory. She also unlocks deeper techniques during abstract art and self-portrait classes, which force students to take a closer look at themselves and then turn their features into expressive squiggles. Angelina embraces art away from the studio, too; in her free time, she works as a volunteer committee member of the local Foundation of Local Arts (FOLA) and helps people heal through a program with Free Arts for Abused Children.
Signature service: Miniature modeling
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Brands Used: Woodland Scenics, Faller, Preiser, Cornerstone, Campbell, Noch
Pro Tip: Open your mind to a new creative style of miniature building.
At Paint 'n Pour, art imitates art. There, instructors provide step-by-step directions during painting lessons, helping participants create their own renditions of that event’s chosen piece. The featured painting rotates depending on the night; past subjects include flowers, cranes, an African sunset, and a sailboat silhouette. The adults-only studio also offers a range of wine, beer, and soft drinks for purchase.
Center for Health and Fitness's facility spans 17,000 square feet and harbors everything members need to embrace wellness. The cardio space beckons exercisers with Matrix treadmills, stationary bikes, and stair climbers, as well as arm-cranks and seated NuStep elliptical trainers, which go easy on joints and aid in injury rehabilitation. A complete kettlebell set stands out among the abundant strength training equipment, which also includes Hammer Strength machines, free weights, and a squat cage. Functional training equipment is also available, including foam rollers, medicine balls, and Thera-Bands for building giant rubber-band balls.
Each of the center's personal trainers and medical exercise specialists boasts a health-related college degree, as well as certifications from the ACSM and other organizations. They teach group exercise to cultivate fitness camaraderie—classes such as belly dance, body sculpt, and cycling are included in basic memberships, and unlimited memberships open up a wide variety of Pilates and yoga sessions on the studio's wooden floors. Instructors also lead classes that focus on meditation, weight management, and nutrition.
To reward bodies after a workout or for not spontaneously combusting, massage therapists infuse Swedish kneading with techniques including shiatsu, deep tissue, and reiki. Staffers replenish stacks of freshly laundered towels so members can wick away sweat or towel off after using the locker rooms' showers, stocked with shampoo and conditioner.