Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Experienced photo gurus Doug Box and Randy Kerr impart practical photo skills to curious shutterbugs during engaging seminars that have appeared across the States and in eight countries abroad. Doug Box, author of myriad photography-technique books, is one of 13 Kodak mentors and is the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His co-teacher, Randy Kerr, heads World Photographic, which uses photography as a vehicle for illuminating humanitarian and environmental topics. Both men have been teaching photography classes for years and help amateurs take photos that capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings.
The expert instructors at The Chefs' Abode imbue culinarians of all skill levels with cooking know-how and a mastery over a variety of recipes in a wide range of classes. From a grand prep island, experienced gourmands unveil the secrets of whisking, baking, and knife wielding during hands-on seminars, which are also broadcast on monitors throughout the space, allowing students to follow every twirl of the spatula up close. Students gather autumnal recipes like a fleece jacket gathers chinchilla dander during a Fall Harvest Dinner Party class (an $80 value), or assemble bruschetta or caprese salad in the Making Mozzarella @ Home class (a $45 value). Armed with old-fashioned rolling pins in lieu of steamrollers, participants in the Holiday Pies class (a $75 value) explore the construction of five flaky desserts including wild-blueberry and Japanese green-tea pie.
Green Body’s beginner and intermediate kettlebell sessions, which take place afternoons and evenings, engage the exerciser’s entire body rather than isolating individual muscles. In 45–60 minute classes, with around 12 participants in each, students grasp thick-handled weights to boost resilience and strength, torch body fat, and build enough confidence to finally let go of that 1999 doctor’s note for a broken ankle. Green Body's plant-peppered, wood-beamed gym represents the center's purpose of promoting earth-friendly lifestyles. Exposed-brick walls line the workout room, which also hosts fighting dummies, rattan dividers, and a zen Buddha statue that giggles when people rub his tummy.
At each Art & Elixir painting event, artists of all skill levels, especially beginners are welcome to explore their creative sides. Instructors guide participants through each event allowing up-and-coming artists their own “intentional composition decisions.” During events, the owners–who are skilled artists themselves–give students step-by-step instructions on how to recreate the evening’s featured painting. But it’s up to the artist to decide how to interpret that work. Using paints, brushes, aprons, canvases, and easels provided by Art & Elixir, guests can paint fields of lavender with bright red acrylic paint. The only rule during these casual two–three hour sessions is that painters (aged 15 and older) enjoy themselves. Events take place at venues such as Lone Oak Grill and Gold Nugget Tavern & Grille, where guests can snack on food and drinks available for purchase.
At 84 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breathing, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CorePower Yoga classes lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. During construction of all its new studios, CorePower Yoga strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.
Built upon the core principles of compassion, awareness, integrity, and tolerance, St. Paul Yoga Center provides a community-oriented environment in which students of all ages and abilities can further their knowledge and practice of the yoga tradition. Drawing from teaching certifications, stints spent studying abroad, and decades of experience, the team of 16 instructors strives to make yoga accessible to practitioners of all income levels—with pay-what-you-can donation-only classes—and skill levels, leading stretch sessions from beginner to advanced. All classes emphasize body alignment, balance, and mindful-breathing techniques. Even the rustiest of tin men are accommodated with a class designed specifically for the not so flexible, as are children in a kids' yoga class for ages 7–12.