Though he had originally studied architecture and interior design, Michael Peluso found his career path to be artistically lacking. Once he took his first glass-blowing class, though, he knew he’d found his true medium. It was a logical fit, as his ancestors had practiced the art in Germany and Italy. Michael has since gained knowledge from numerous glass-blowing masters. He passes on this knowledge to his students in various classes, during which he teaches them how to safely manipulate molten glass and blow it into intensely colored marbles.
The Athletic Club of York, co-owned by a national collegiate-racquetball champion and an AFAA certified personal trainer, ensures a friendly, laid-back atmosphere with a down-to-earth staff that strives to remember each visitor by name. The 26,000-square-foot gym unfurls enough elbow space for exercisers to wrestle with strength and cardio equipment before overcoming post-workout soreness with services such as massage therapy. The gym's communal vibe also fosters the positive tone of group fitness classes, during which feet master Zumba steps or kickboxing strikes in an aerobic studio. Guests can plunge into the indoor lap pool for self-guided strokes, aquatic programs, or swimming lessons, while children break down and rapidly reassemble slingshots at a Kidz Fit Club boot camp.
Within each noncompetitive Curves facility, female fitness seekers are invited to move through a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that are designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Shunning cumbersome weight stacks, the hydraulic gadgets adapt to each exerciser's body weight and fitness level to complement her individual abilities, subsequently decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. And because traditional lift-and-lower motions tend to create bulky muscles, Curves' machines promote push-and-pull movements to sculpt toned, lean muscles, perfect for crushing unsuspecting grapefruit. Experienced trainers are always nearby to help clients manage their machine maneuvering, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues to let women know when it's time to move on to the next station or break for an air viola solo. Customers who wish to continue their membership after the trial will need to pay an enrollment fee of $49 in addition to the monthly rate.
At the Columbia Association, visitors find not only a place to work out, swim, or enjoy the great outdoors, but a place to connect with the local community and get to know their neighbors. Families take in live music by the lakefront during summer festivals, or glide across the ice at the public rink. Meanwhile, aspiring athletes build muscle, flexibility, and form with practice at indoor and outdoor tennis courts, or regular trips to the high-tech Columbia Gym. Columbia Association also helps its members maintain a healthy lifestyle with a wide variety of facilities, including nearby golf courses, 23 swimming pools, and even an attached horse center, where humans can learn to ride and horses can get in shape for swimsuit season.
Just Plain Yoga wants its visitors to find the perfect fit when it comes to yoga technique. They offer a questionnaire to identify the right class for each student, based on how rapidly or slowly they want to move, as well as whether they want to achieve relaxation, increase flexibility, or build strength in your third eyelash. The studio offers 11 different styles for intrepid yogis, including gentle hatha sessions that link breath to body, and morning vinyasa flow to jump-start the day. Hesitant first-timers are especially invited to the “yoga for any body” class, a gentle, welcoming class for anyone who thinks they are too inflexible or overweight to do yoga.
As the morning begins, a row of toddlers takes turns tumbling feet over head while their parents guide them into the correct movement. Later, school-age kids sit in a circle, legs stretched before them as they try to touch their toes. The trained staff of My Gym Children's Fitness Center imbue kids with life skills through music, physical activities, and games. Many classes incorporate physical exercises with social and developmental skills, while summer camps are also available seasonally. All classes take place in a well-padded room, led by staff trained in child development and fluent in Muppet.