InterArt's professorial paintsmiths tutor guests on the art of creating art during group seminars held in their welcoming studio. Visit the acrylic atelier for the wineglass- and beer-mug-painting session to personalize glassware with your initials, favorite colors, or quotes from The Grapes of Wrath. Portrait-minded patrons may enjoy the canvas-painting session, in which pupils glide their brushes along prestretched 9"x12" canvases, adorning them with two-dimensional magnum opuses. InterArt's laid-back classes welcome participants of all skill levels and provide all the necessary masterpiece-crafting materials. Instructors lead lessons Thursday–Sunday and encourage guests to bring a bottle of wine or their libation of choice to complement the easygoing atmosphere. Today's Groupon awards access for two people, so purchasers can tote along a date, a good friend, or an avant-garde cat statue.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Clare Gales has two loves—dance and fitness. The devoted dancer and expert trainer opened Studio 82 in 1986, where she combined her two passions by hosting both fitness and dance classes on the studio's expansive hardwood floors. Today, Clare and her staff of professional dancers and fitness professionals continue to lead students of all ages in more than 100 different classes that range from ballet to cardio kickboxing.
An abundance of internationally renowned dancers and top instructors have passed through the studio's doors over the course of its 26 years, guiding youngsters and adults alike through the footwork and form of styles such as ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. Certified fitness instructors conduct a variety of energetic classes, interspersing a schedule of high-intensity cardio classes with strength-training workouts and rejuvenating yoga and Pilates sessions. The studio's diverse range of classes attracts an equally diverse group of clients that includes aspiring dancers, fitness seekers, and future brides preparing for the wedding dance or bulking up for the ceremonial arm-wrestling match against the groom’s mother.
Since taking her first choreographed step in kindergarten, Amy Stauffer has danced behind Britney Spears, the Orlando Magic basketball team, and Mickey Mouse. After leaping across stages on the Hit Me Baby One More Time Tour and Disney's Magic Kingdom, she began tutoring the twirling arts at her own studio—a venue that the Sun News praises for its imaginative classes. Amy welcomes adults and children alike to "dance the difference" through jazz, ballet, tap, cheer, and courses where parents and their kids bond through partnering up. Her staff patrols the studio's sprung floors as they train groups for annual recitals and competitions. Every instructor broadcasts a positive attitude during their sessions, approaching dance as a flexible and creative exercise for personal development rather than a means to distract spelling-bee opponents.
Looking at Marty Velasco now, it's hard to believe that he once struggled with his weight. Though Marty may be muscular and slim today, his history gives him a unique understanding of the hardships faced by those trying to lose weight. This understanding fuels his determination to help others at his private fitness studio.
At Fitness Edge, Marty and his staff help clients on the road to health and weight loss with group fitness classes and personal training. Within the colorful studio, or at outdoor locations in Rocky River Park, the staff leads students of all fitness levels in full-body circuit-training workouts. Sessions might call upon strength-building kettlebell exercises, natural bodyweight resistance, and cardiovascular conditioning exercises, and trainers help their students continue the work at home with nutritional counseling and meal plans. The staff is committed to creating a friendly environment for their students; they welcome all newcomers with an orientation, where they demonstrate what to expect from the program, tour the facility, and ritualistically hand crochet students' names into their sweatbands.
Sometimes our dreams are within reach, but more often, those dreams are on the highest of high shelves, beside the BB gun and the cupcakes "for tomorrow." Reach that shelf with today's Groupon to stretch your muscles and muscle your stretches into a stretch of intense muscular moves. For $30, you get a five-class pass to Westside Yoga Studio in Lakewood, a $65 value. Upon your first visit, you'll receive your pass, which can be used toward any of the classes offered at the comforting studio. Once activated, you'll have 60 days to use your five classes, giving your card the considerable shelf life of a gallon of dehydrated milk.