At Let’s Create Art, a staff of knowledgeable artists stands ready to help customers select the right supplies for a project. In addition to slinging easels, canvases, and a variety of paints from brands such as Gamblin and Rembrandt, they lead a diverse range of interactive art classes led by seasoned artists. New classes are added monthly at Let's Create Art, in a variety of painting and drawing medias, as well as photography, sculpture, needle felting, and mosaics.
Art in the eyes of Cara Levitt isn't only about aesthetics––it's a powerful tool of personal expression that can be used to heal unseen emotional wounds. A board-certified art therapist with six years of experience working in the mental-health field, Levitt established Draw It Out Art Therapy to help visitors grapple with life's obstacles while learning to problem solve, regulate their emotions, and create original works of art as a tangible form of catharsis. Her programs for singles, groups, families, and children take on a variety of issues, including low self-esteem and anxiety, and encourage participants to redirect their energy into completing a number of projects such as paintings, worry jars, and piñatas made of papier-mâché pink slips.
Helmed by Patricia Valenti, a certified personal trainer and Bikini Pro athlete, Evolution Fitness Club helps members sculpt their physiques daily from 6 a.m.–midnight. The club’s friendly workout facility teems with opportunities for running, lifting, and pounding one’s chest to indicate a dominant social status or demonstrate a new dance move. As their feet trace low-impact circles on an elliptical trainer, exercisers can wrap their minds around a favorite program on a nearby television. Fitness machines overlook Main Street, letting gym-goers wave at friends below or cheer on growing grass from the edge of a cushy bike seat. Infrared saunas invite steam-free sweltering, and hot showers wash away the aftermath.
When Yvette Bernosky applied for a part-time job at the Sarasota Bath and Racquet Fitness Club, she didn't realize she was taking the first steps toward what would become a 23-year professional career in the fitness industry. Encouraged by her boss, Yvette began to work with clients individually before taking on a role as one of the club's aerobics instructors. She began travelling internationally to participate in fitness programs and events and earned more than 14 fitness and wellness certifications—including qualifications as a personal trainer, fitness camp instructor, and nutritional counselor.Today, the fitness aficionado owns her own private, fully equipped training studio where she helped Miss Florida International get into sashaying shape. Her staff of qualified instructors lead group classes, including outdoor fitness camps and personal training sessions throughout the week. Amidst spinning cycles and whirring cardio machines, fitness-seekers of all ages bustle through boxing classes, TRX training, and total body conditioning classes.To spirit guests away from their stressors and diet-busting triggers, clients can commission personal trainers to accompany them on fitness retreats.
At Crossfit Sarasota, exercisers of all levels can find a CrossFit or CrossFit–inspired program to fit their fitness goals. The CrossFit workouts integrate kettlebell training, basic gymnastics, power lifting, plyometrics, and running, among other forms of exercise, to help patrons to increase their muscle mass and endurance while sculpting svelter physiques. The instructors adhere to the mantra that “routine is the enemy,” leading students in a different routine each class with the Work Out of the Day. The varied regimens keep muscles from getting too comfortable, rendering workouts ineffective, and also keep patrons motivated, versus running on the same old treadmill or running from the same old man-eating tiger every day. In addition to guiding guests through the high-intensity exercises, Crossfit Sarasota’s trainers administer nutritional advice and wellness information to extend health benefits beyond the studio.
Serendipity Health & Racquet Club is more than a gym. The word gym evokes a sterile room surrounded by mirrors, where the sounds of clanking weights and grunting weightlifters fill the air. Nestled in a gated community, Serendipity lives up to its soothing moniker with an elegant, airy facility on the edge of a placid lake. Inside, a spacious fitness club presents members with a full circuit of Cybex Eagle weight equipment, free weights, and cardio machines illuminated by natural light flooding in through wraparound windows. Outside, members can practice their serve on 19 Har-Tru tennis courts, or turn laps in the heated Junior Olympic–size pool.