With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Tops Cooking School is nestled inside Tops grocery store, one of a chain of stores known for its fresh produce and skilled butchers. Their state-of-the-art kitchens, decked out with gleaming Viking appliances, set the stage for both hands-on cooking classes and professional demonstrations. During demonstrations, a chef prepares entrees in front of students, carefully displaying techniques and offering advice for prepping dishes at home or in bomb shelters located under homes. Hands-on classes put the students behind the counter, giving them a chance to practice preparing anything from Indian cuisine to healthy meals designed for people with diabetes, heart concerns, or gluten allergies. Local craft beer and wine accompany adult classes, and games and candy accompany children's cooking classes for tots ages 3 and up.
Professional artist Vanessa Sheldon doesn't limit her creativity to the studio. During her two-hour Paint Class Wine Glass art parties, she invites aspiring painters to unlock their inner Monets at bars, restaurants, and event spaces across the city. Once they're set up with their provided materials, attendees learn to masterfully create portraits that can later be used to decorate homes, businesses, or public transportation platforms. Classes also fuel creativity with food and drink, whether it's a glass of BYOB wine or a cocktail purchased from an onsite bartender. Shelton oversees each party, guiding artists with advice gained through years of canvas time.
Powerhouse Gym's roster of certified personal trainers and seasoned group-fitness instructors guides exercisers to physical peaks, building strong muscles and healthy lifestyles. The workout room helps guests to slim down their silhouettes with new exercise equipment, including calorie-torching cardio machines and dumbbells perfect for toning biceps or hurling at cardboard cutouts of Charles Atlas. Group classes range from Les Mills dance aerobics to CrossFit functional training, which strengthens sinews with Olympic lifting drills and gymnastics-inspired body-weight exercises. A juice bar replenishes vitamins and minerals with whey protein and energy drinks.:m]]
In his band AudioInflux, lead guitarist and backup vocalist George Miller works atop the deep grooves of soul, funk, and jazz styles. He's equally well equipped to get his guitar and bass students playing their favorite blues, rock, metal, or classical pieces, and even write and record solidly constructed pieces of their own. Armed with a degree in music performance and a decade and a half of teaching experience, Miller helps pupils with all kinds of goals unleash their inner B.B. King or Les Claypool, whether they want to front a band or simply harmonize with the bonfire during outdoor sing-alongs.
With a variety of colorful sewing notions and fabrics in tow, Each 1 Stitch 1’s army of instructors demystifies the art of garment construction for aspiring seamstresses and tailors. With access to professional-grade cutting devices, sewing machines, and dyeing stations, students and members can fully customize their own style of pants, dresses, and tote bags for carrying smaller, less fashionable tote bags. Private and group instruction for all experience levels teaches sewing techniques and fundamentals, and membership options offer discounts and studio time.