During your two personal training sessions, one of ZX Fitness’ experienced personal trainers will work with you to assemble exercises that help you best accomplish your fitness goals, be they tightening your core, shedding extra pounds, improving muscular strength, or picking winning bingo cards. Then you’ll be let loose to use your newfound knowledge and six-week pass during all ZX Fitness group fitness classes and in its fully-loaded facility, which has cardio decks, basketball courts, free weights, large locker rooms, circuit training equipment, juice bars, a supervised children’s area, and more. Group fitness classes, of which there are more than 20, include cycling, dance, kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, and strength training. Unwind after a day of sweating and stretching by watching a sports game on one of the many HDTVs, or warm your socks while dehydrating fresh prunes in the sauna. Class schedules differ at each location.
For more than two decades, founder Kristi Ried-Barton has passed on the system of health and nutrition maintenance she learned through yoga. She teaches these methods to overall wellbeing through classes such as vinyasa flow, amrit yoga, and beginner courses. There’s also courses for newcomers as well as life coaching and yoga workshops and events.
Though its stationary cycles, strength-training machines, and free weights craft the image of a well-stocked gym, Imagine Center also aims to empower the community. Its three basketball courts have diverted at-risk teens during midnight mentorship programs, which blend gameplay with motivational life coaching. In the childcare center, staff members combat inactivity with kids' Tae Bo routines instead of rounds of Xbox keep-away. Group fitness classes strengthen camaraderie between students who pummel kickboxing targets and heft BodyPump barbells. Elsewhere, personal trainers oversee their clients' reps, and café patrons recharge after workouts. Permeating these scenes is a sense of shared strength—a feeling buoyed by the fact that the center's profits benefit community initiatives, such as inner-city outreach and crime prevention. By hosting blood drives and other special events to supplement its exercise amenities, the gym inspires its guests to work toward health on an individual and collective level.
Since 1976, American Dance Club's instructors—some of whom spent time stomping the boards in Broadway spectaculars—have transformed students into fancy footworkers. During 30- or 60-minute private and group lessons, teachers two-step pupils through the fundamentals of social dances such as ballroom, Argentine tango, country western, and shag, a style of swing that generally ends with dancers hiding their dropped partners in rolled-up carpets. After perfecting their moves in the encouraging one-on-one sessions, guests can strut their stuff during dance parties every Friday night from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Certified professional photographer Gene Taylor has fine-tuned his artistic vision while working in photojournalism and portrait photography for more than 30 years. During classes at Your Photo Safari, Gene introduces students to the photographic arts and the workings of DSLR cameras. Sessions begin in classroom settings, allowing students to get acquainted with camera basics as well as advanced features such as setting white balance and reducing blur. After learning how to navigate the multiple settings and buttons on their digital cameras, students traipse to area gardens to explore the natural world through their lenses. The hands-on experience allows students to take home artfully composed shots of plants bathed in natural light or trees planking over riverbanks in a bid for Internet fame.