As the official training center for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Summit Sports Club greets guests with a wide array of alley-oop-grade facilities for physical fitness. Smack tennis balls and biceps into shape in one of Summit's four full-size indoor tennis courts or five indoor racquetball quadrangles.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
At Bisque-it Shop, daubers of all ages stipple, stripe, and embellish singular designs on their choice of more than 300 paint-ready vessels. Armed with studio-supplied brushes, stencils, and under-glazed paints, guests seek out ceramic soul mates in the form of trinket boxes ($10–$18), dinnerware ($15–$45), or animal figurines ($10–$14) before adorning new best friends with a panchromatic coating. After completing their paint-tinged opus, guests turn works over to Bisque-it Shop’s clay caretakers, who kiln-fire artifacts to preserve designs against the abuses of microwaves, food items, and that bullying Grecian urn from down the block. The shop readies pieces for pick-up in seven days. Bisque-it Shop’s expansive atelier accommodates up to 70 painters at once, and staffers accept reservations for groups celebrating birthdays, bachelorette parties, or the 20th anniversary of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Marisa Echavarria, a certified Kindermusik teacher and lifelong musician, welcomes children and parents into a fun and engaging world of musical education with her 45-minute family classes. Newborns to 7-year-olds can participate in dancing, listening, and music-making activities within a friendly group setting to improve cognition, confidence, creativity, self-expression, and upper-lip curls. Kids and parents jam side by side throughout each session, clapping hands and whistling Vivaldi, before bringing home a sweet sounding CD and age-appropriate instrument to continue lessons at home. This Groupon also includes a $10 gift certificate for the Spring 2011 semester.
Aiming to increase energy levels with the adrenaline-boosting effects of exercise, Gloria's Energetics Studio flings open its doors to clients six days a week. Inside the studio, upbeat music sets the pace for intense Zumba sessions or combination aerobics classes.
Jing Yang grew up in China, training to compete in the world's most elite gymnastics competitions since she was five years old. Her lifetime of hard work paid off: she joined the National Women's Gymnastic Team of China, tumbled her way around the globe, and even won a bronze medal in the 1988 Olympics. When she retired from active competition, she still wanted to be involved in her sport. So, she began coaching the Women's Gymnastics Team of Beijing while attending the College of Athletics and Kinesiology to pursue a degree in coaching. Eventually she moved to the United States, bringing her expertise with her to found Jing's Gymnastics, Cheer, and Dance. As the head coach and owner of the gym, she maintains her commitment to elite competition, using the latest equipment to help young gymnasts participate in national, international, and soon interplanetary competitions.