All Fired Up! creates a casual, crockery haven where budding artists of any age can fashion their own earthenware masterpieces. Amateur Picassos first select from an array of paintable options ranging from picture frames and dinnerware, to mugs, platters, and bisque sculptures of the real Picasso’s ear. Guests can then select from a plentiful palette of ceramic-safe colors to customize a design, or call upon artistic aid in the form of stamps, stencils, and computer printouts. Dress up a dining table by decorating a plain oval tray with brightly colored flowers, or gift your mailman with a “world’s best milkman” tile before apologizing for your mistake.
Each one of Anytime Fitness’s 1,660 coed fitness clubs grant members 24-hour secured access to weight and cardio equipment and sessions of group fitness. The locations in Reno showcase exercise machines from manufacturers such as Precor, with treadmills and ellipticals sporting monitors for watching TV. The fitness emporium's staff of certified trainers lead group fitness classes or personal-training sessions customized to each exerciser’s ability and the moisture capacities of sweatbands. The staff is always friendly, making Anytime an inviting place to train.
For an aspiring star, getting cast on a popular TV show such as The Suite Life on Deck or in a McDonald's commercial can be the break that starts a career. Many Take 2 Performers Studio students have landed these gigs after cultivating their skills during hands-on programs. Led by expert instructors fluent in show business, fledgling entertainers build confidence as they develop convincing accents, tackle a difficult aria, or create a signature runway walk for particularly dramatic entrances to biology class.
For students of The Studio, flying is not only possible—it's therapeutic. Instructors in beginners’ acro-yoga classes lead guests through the basics of gravity-defying poses and partner work, helping them balance upside down and infuse their yoga practice with trust and playfulness. During these and all classes at The Studio, the emphasis is on acceptance. The staff maintains a judgment-free atmosphere, where burgeoning yogis can feel comfortable attempting new postures without making everyone nearby crawl headfirst into a sleeping bag. The two classrooms—one heated for intense Vinyasa sequences and one kept at a standard temperature—are as calming and open as the minds within them, bordered by walls of large, panoramic windows. Under the supervision of certified teachers, most of whom have undergone hundreds of hours of yoga training, pupils hone their sense of body and breath awareness.
This welcoming ambiance helped The Studio earn the 2012 award for Best Yoga Classes in the Reno News & Review. However, the center is not solely focused on classes and views them instead as one component of a total-wellness regimen. Backing up the sessions, massage therapists untangle muscular knots in two private rooms with Thai stretching techniques or other classic modalities. In the lounge, plush floor cushions support patrons as they sip complimentary tea and peel clementines. Owner Rachelle often stands behind the raw-food and juice bar, prepping wholesome meals for lunch and keeping fruit from getting too full of itself.
Achieve Fitness's experienced instructors help clients realize their physical-fitness goals, combining encouraging and effective training methods with the comfort of a small-gym feel. Sculpt lean legs and bolster burgeoning biceps in any of Achieve's fitness classes, held throughout the week to accommodate clients' schedules. Take part in a flurry of calorie-burning with the Fitness Express class, where attendants quickly move from station to station under the guidance of a certified instructor. Strengthen and stretch stiff muscles with the balance-building Ball Blast class, or solidify arms and legs in the kickboxing class, an intense session that teaches pupils how to utilize furious foot slams to package shipping goods.
The expert yoga instructors Studio Eight Yoga foster deep mind-body connections as they shepherd students through various yoga styles with verbal communication and hands-on guidance. Beginners and advanced practitioners alike can explore fundamental poses, yoga philosophy, and core alignment in traditional yoga styles, such as Ashtanga and Vinyasa while evicting calories from their subdermal hotel rooms in the power yoga class. Iyengar yoga allows students of all levels to practice poses tailored to their individual needs, making this class helpful for students recovering from injury or those with physical limitations. Alternatively, students can enter the studio’s space for some quiet time to engage in solo bending sessions, sip chai tea, relax in the comfortable sitting area, or study pose charts on the studio walls. Hardwood floors steady student posing, and the decorative drapes admit only the most tranquil of sunbeams to enter.