"I am artistry"—that's the translation of Je M'appelle Artistry, as well as owner Shonny's philosophy. Shonny works as a photographer, designer, and instructor, often combining all three passions. Snapping photos with her Nikon D600, she captures intimate boudoir scenes, romantic wedding images, and fanciful kids' shots, focusing on portraits. She extends this love of portraits into group or private workshops, where students learn to incorporate natural light and elements into their pictures. Her photos have been published in the cloth-diapering book Changing Diapers; she also designs her own cloth-diaper and clothing patterns.
Diseases such as cancer, heart disease, dementia, and type II diabetes can manifest or become exacerbated due to unhealthy diets. To combat these illnesses, Veggie Life Fitness believes in the power of plant-based food, encouraging its clients to adopt a healthy dietary lifestyle. It offers cooking and nutrition classes to educate clients on healthy habits, such as what foods are high in protein, iron, and calcium; how to consume more amino acids; and tips on using cast-iron cookware to increase foods' iron levels.
The center also teaches fitness classes, another way of achieving its goal to make Inland Empire the healthiest region in Southern California. The adult fitness classes include TRX, calisthenics, resistance exercises, and partner workouts.
The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
Guests of all experience levels at Adrenaline Martial Arts & Fitness participate in classes geared toward getting in shape, perfecting martial-arts technique, and learning self-defense moves. Classes—which include muay thai, jujitsu, mixed martial arts, and boxing—are held in a 21,000-square-foot training space with 30 fitness and exercise machines and 25 boxing bags.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Black belts dominate the instructors' wardrobes at Kicks Tae Kwon Do. More than 10 of the studio's instructors have one, and several possess belts of even greater distinction, including grand master Kit Mattson, who is an eighth-degree black belt. All of this talent and experience equates to expertly taught martial-arts classes where preschoolers and adults alike can learn how to punch, kick, and deliver zingers like Bruce Lee. The instructors also work their self-defense techniques into calorie-burning mixed-marital-arts, kickboxing, and boot-camp workouts.