GroupFit Studio’s owner Sherman Rosier is an NSCA-certified personal trainer, NSTA-certified running coach, certified nutrition specialist, and holds a first-degree black belt in tae kwon do. But no matter how advanced the accreditation he receives, he does not lose sight of the most basic tenant of exercise: whatever workouts you choose, have fun doing them. He tailors his classes to meet this requirement: his GroupFit90 classes work the entire body with lively tandem exercises aided by Bosu balls and resistance bands, and his DanceTance workouts fuel dance-based workouts with energetic funk, Latin, and hip-hop music. Exercisers who need an extra shot of oomph can also meet for a nutritional-coaching session, which provides a clearer insight into workout-friendly munching than spying on Sylvester Stallone while he shops for groceries.
Nicole and Dave Nickel wanted a fun, family-friendly place to create art with their four kids, and they realized that the rest of their community might appreciate something like that as well. So they founded Firefly Pottery Studio to introduce burgeoning artists and their parents to ceramics, mosaics, and glasswork. They invite creative people of all ages to come in, pick a favorite piece from their ready-made stock, and set to work painting and glazing. Once clients finish their masterpiece, the Nickel family cleans up and fires their work, delivering the finished goods in seven days or less.
Founded in 2008 under Henry Hernandez, professional ballet company World Ballet Inc. offers a preprofessional ballet program to its students. Along with ballet, jazz, pointe, hip-hop, and stretching classes taught by experienced instructors, child and adult clients can also take private ballet lessons and Pilates and yoga classes. Offering youth summer camps and a spacious 6,000-square-foot location, the studio takes dance in Tallahassee to the next level.
Owned and operated by the Capital Region YMCA for more than 33 years, Camp Indian Springs boasts one of the Tallahassee area’s most venerable summer sleep-away spots. Spread across 77 peaceful acres shrouded by maple, oak, cypress, and pine trees, the campus lets kids truly be kids, as opposed to air-traffic controllers. Campers stay in cabins with 8–12 peers of their same age and gender plus two staff members, promising safety and individual attention with a 1 to 7 staff-to-camper ratio. Camp Indian Springs draws its name from the crystal-clear spring at its heart, and gives kids a venue for swimming and water sports, as well as arts and crafts, archery, and other field sports. Nature-survival instruction teaches outdoor-oriented campers how to fend for themselves, ensuring that the next generation will not forget how life was lived before status updates. Surrounded by living, breathing humans and thrown into situations that don’t contain holograms, they'll re-learn to express themselves without angry emoticons.
Arts Afterschool’s passionate staff enriches children’s learning, self-confidence, and discipline through engaging arts courses and supervised play. Upon arrival, students munch a healthy whole-food snack, sip filtered water, and pop unlimited rolls of provided bubble wrap to unwind from the stress of a long school day. After students complete the day's homework with assistance from staff, 50-minute enrichment activities stimulate the imaginations of young artistes. Beginning and intermediate dance sessions congregate participants onto a studio floor sprung to enhance performance, reduce injury potential, and safely launch pupils during interpretative dances of flying squirrels. Taught in partnership with Logan's Martial Arts Academy, martial-arts studies, also offered at beginning and intermediate levels, build core strength and mental alertness. Budding Picassos share original artworks in painting classes, and music appreciation and singing classes melodiously exercise abstract reasoning capabilities. Once classes wrap, students read or play games as late as 7 p.m. until parents escort them back to the family hovercraft.
The certified trainers at Women's World lead females through more than 45 muscle-sculpting classes a week, conditioning bodies in a supportive, ladies-only gym environment. Biceps crunch to the beat during Les Mills, such as Bodypump, which works major muscle groups with an assist from barbells, and Bodystep, which spurs feet to stomp up, over, and around a step, providing a glute-lifting workout to render uncomfortable bum brassieres obsolete. Instructors invoke hot and Ashtanga yoga traditions, guiding limbs and torsos during sessions that improve balance and flexibility, and PiYo extends appendages using Pilates and yoga and then adds a drop of dynamic movement that, like mistaking a large cat for a panther, adds a burst of cardio to the routine. Workouts transform into parties during cardio dance classes, such as the hip-hop-and-kickboxing fusion Turbo Kick or the Latin-influenced Zumba. In addition to a venue for collective perspiration, Women's World also has a selection of cardio and weightlifting equipment for femmes to use when operating on a solo schedule.