Snap Fitness's easyFIT monitor is a small, clip-on accelerometer that helps keep track of daily exercise. Unlike pedometers that merely measure steps and spy on daydreams, the easyFIT monitor senses the intensity and duration of physical activity, transmogrifying those stats into simple, numerical points that help assess activity levels from sedentary to peak performance. In addition to tracking exercise in real time, easyFIT monitors can connect to the wearer's personal web portal to upload data and create fitness graphs that help show progress, snag exercise suggestions, and stave off the temptation of living next to a hamburger farm. Watch a video about the easyFit here.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 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.
The techniques that Lauren Birkel imparts to her trainers are the same ones she used on herself while preparing for and completing the rigorous Ironman World Championships in 2005 and 2011, as well as the France-held International Triathlon Union Long Course World Championships in 2007. With this history of achieving difficult goals, Birkel knows how to inspire students without commissioning a band of rabid coyotes to chase them while they run.
She and her many cotrainers use these thoroughly tested methods of motivation to push students toward healthier lives in one-on-one, small-group, and large-group training sessions. She decks out her indoor studios with all the necessary equipment for personal-training sessions and isn't afraid to lead all-outdoor boot-camp academies in the heat or rain.
Nestled in Lake Edge Shopping Center, Fired Up Pottery helps visitors tap into their artistic sides with hands-on pottery, fused-glass activities, and canvas painting. Alongside their friends and neighbors, patrons can apply personalized designs to plain bisque pottery pieces, or arrange precut, brightly hued glass into designs for soap dishes, sun catchers, or the reading glasses of napping friends. Alternatively, more structured classes impart basic pottery-throwing techniques. The spacious studio can play host to parties and group events, and staffers fire handiwork into finished products available for pickup one?two weeks after studio sessions. Though appointments are recommended for large parties, Fired Up welcomes smaller groups and solo artists to walk in for a class when the mood strikes.
Couples easily chat while swaying slowly through fox trots before the long mirror at Social Life Dance Center, or become a whirlwind of limbs led along by salsa music. The sleepy cry of steel guitars fills the studio during two-step lessons, and cha-cha, rumba, and a host of other Latin dances torch calories and forge new friendships in group lessons. During private lessons, instructors slowly adjust the footwork of pupils to prepare them for wedding dances, competitions, or new jobs stomping all the bubble wrap at an office.
Fotomojo’s team of pro shutterbugs empowers aspiring photographers with the skills to artfully manipulate the latest cameras and photography tools. They do that during workshops that cover everything from exposure to shutter speeds, manual modes, and HDR image processing. Hands-on shooting exercises also ensure students master techniques learned in classes.