The staff at My Gym Children's Fitness Center immerse kids aged 6 months to 13 years in age-specific classes designed to improve physical, cognitive, and social skills. The gym keeps a low student-to-teacher ratio by regularly cloning instructors, who help youngsters flourish during more than 20 weekly classes that incorporate upbeat music, games, and dance. Infants hone arm and trunk control through beginning stretches and baby-safe rides in the 45-minute Tiny Tykes class, and 2 and 3 year olds calibrate gross motor and manipulative skills through the structured games and pre-gymnastics of the one-hour Terrific Tots class. During the four-station circuit-training course and strength exercises of the Cardio Kids class, youths aged 7–13 focus on specific muscle groups to prepare for upcoming Ironchild competitions and enhance general health.
Propulsion Pilates' instructors rely on the familiar Pilates contraptions that fill most studios, but they alter the time-tested workout regimen by incorporating it into a more modern style of circuit training. They combine sequences on the Reformer, Tower, and Wunda Chair with occasional cardio exercises and kettlebell work, creating challenging sessions that manage to refine technique while bolstering strength and flexibility. To keep classes teetering on the cuttingest of edges, the instructors attend at least two Pilates workshops every year to update their mental cache of fitness tricks, but they always leave a little disappointed that a flying Reformer machine appears to be at least another six months off.
Hidden behind an earthy brick-and-wood exterior, Crossroads Fitness shelters an array of constitution-fortifying contraptions and bright classrooms to aid members in their fitness-seeking pursuits. Eager iron-pumpers dive into flexing routines on the machines and barbells in the free-weight area, and a similar selection resides within the women's fitness center, kept private so gentlemen aren't embarrassed when out-dead-lifted by their grandmother. The socially fearless burn calories and build bridges in the weekly classes, ranging from basic yoga lessons to dynamic aerobic workouts. Group cycling sessions use the Matrix X-bike's rotating handlebars to mimic real racing situations, with some classes held outdoors to flesh out the athletic illusion. Bodypump programs repurpose weight-room exercises, such as squats, lifts, and curls, to strengthen the entire body in energetic 60-minute bursts.
The instructors at Bikram Yoga Ogden help students achieve a soothing state of calmness through the Bikram method of hot yoga. They guide guests through 26 poses in a studio heated to improve muscle elasticity, which reduces the threat of injury. The heat also encourages detoxification and elevates heart rates. Instructors stay positive and supportive throughout their classes, which help build strength and flexibility and elongate ligaments, joints, and facial hair. The staff also uses these poses to teach students the valuable skill of controlling their breath.
The shelves at Color Me Mine’s studios teem with whimsical bisque-pottery pieces—pony and princess figurines, piggy banks, and kitty-cat mugs—each stark white and waiting for the brush strokes of a budding artist. That artist might be a birthday boy at a party with up to 50 of his friends, or a grown-up unwinding at a girls' night out. No previous experience is required, as the studio staff dispenses plenty of painting tips, stencils, and artistic inspiration. Afterwards, the staff will fire the resulting pieces, which can then be used as décor or dinnerware thanks to Color Me Mine's lead-free, food-safe, paints.
In addition to open painting and private parties, the studio hosts after-school enrichment programs, field trips, and activities that inspire adults to design their own kitchenware or to turn that pile of rocks in the backyard into a pile of multicolored rocks.
The door of the limousine opens and flash bulbs burst in a thunderstorm of press and paparazzi. The crowd shoulders each other behind velvet ropes, craning their necks to catch a glimpse of the diamond-studded star at the head of the red carpet. When the sea of people parts, a self-assured third-grader is revealed as she greets her fawning public.
Popcorn Media gives kids the chance to experience strutting down the red carpet during their Movie Star workshops and weeklong camps. Attendees soak up the secrets of screen acting from a director who works with Disney and Nickelodeon studios while producing their own unique work. They oversee each production element that goes into a film's creation, from lighting and filming to rehearsing and giving their parents an autograph. At the end of each session, kids attend a red-carpet premier of their work amid the applause of friends and family.
At GPP Fitness, instructors guide exercisers through tough yet simple workouts that transform bodies and burn away extra weight. Kettlebells, crunches, and runs may leave muscles sore, but they combine for an efficient training program that helps exercisers quickly achieve their fitness goals.