Kathleen King of King Studio believes that fitness and nutritional training alone cannot transform a person’s life—that training must be complemented by a change in everyday behaviors. That’s why her studio focuses not only on exercise and healthy eating but also on teaching clients how to change their negative lifestyle habits, such as failing to get enough sleep, being a couch potato, and recreationally contracting common colds.
In addition to the rows of Pilates reformers and free weights, King stocks her studio with revolutionary TRX suspension bands that hang from the ceilings, earning herself a feature on ABC 4's Good Things Utah. With these dangling straps, she lets gravity and natural body weight do the work during functional workouts that aim to bolster core muscles, stability, and flexibility. She also captains a team of instructors, who help lead personal-training sessions, women’s karate classes, ballroom-dance lessons, and open dance parties within the hardwood-floored studio.
Although several of the coaches at The Swim Academy have backgrounds in competitive swimming, you're just as likely to find them teaching a young child to perform survival floating as a triathlete to increase his or her speed. In fact, the coaches even work with swimmers who have a fear of the water, helping them overcome their anxiety and gain confidence in their swimming technique. The school recommends scheduling lessons once or twice a week for 30 minutes at a time to ensure retention.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Private Swimming Lessons
Pro Tip: Bring a suit, goggles, and towell. Give yourself extra time to find the pool your first time.
Utah Salsa's instructors orchestrate explosive Latin dance events in Salt Lake City, ranging from classes to heated competitions to salsa dance nights, which are backed by live beats. Weekly salsa classes introduce newcomers to the fleet-footed art and provide longtimers a venue to showcase their moves. For those with a bit of experience underfoot, the biweekly bachata sessions elucidate the scandalously intimate dance, which is most commonly performed during corporate icebreakers. The enthusiastic instructors throw salsa parties, complete with live bands and catering, on a regular basis, and are the organizers and judges behind some of the area’s top competitions, including the Utah Salsa Championship, the Jack & Jill Latin Cup, and the Utah King and Queen of Bachata contest.
Master Lu has honed his understanding of energy imbalances in the course of more than 40 years' worth of Chinese acupuncture and martial-arts practice. His finely tuned needlework, which garnered him a spot on City Weekly's Best of Utah 2010 list, can be effectively employed to quell a variety of chronic problems, from headaches to addictive behaviors. Treatments can also help to alleviate insomnia or the depression that so often stems from painting watercolor self-portraits using only your tears.
Crawford School of Irish Dance has been helping dancers as young as six years old hone their kicks and toe points since 1983. Classes consist of 8–12 dancers overseen by an experienced step dancer certified by the Dublin Commission of Irish Dance. Irish step-dancing teaches young kickers how to focus, listen, and follow directions while adults and kids alike increase flexibility and memory function with quick movements. Registration is included, as is a new-student information packet. Classes generally are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.