I Wish Lessons’ professionally guided classes convene in various venues throughout Chicago, Boston, DC, and Detroit, uniting and educating like-minded learners in vibrant social settings. The company’s hundreds of teachers have educated countless learners while introducing them to new friends and planning private events, including birthday parties and baby showers. Classes broach a multitude of engaging, lighthearted subjects, such as beer and bacon pairing, scotch tasting, cupcake decorating, and sushi rolling.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
The Life Time Turkey Day 5K jump-starts Thanksgiving celebrations with a healthy, full-body feast of exercise, with proceeds benefiting local food organizations. Starting on the world-famous Fremont Street, pavement stompers weave past the historic downtown vistas lining Las Vegas Boulevard, home to myriad celebrities, reality television shows, and retired slot machines. After coasting to a finish beneath the Fremont Street Experience, participants gather for a postrace party, where refreshments, music, and chances to win prizes from sponsors accompany huffs and puffs of accomplishment. Additionally, strollers are permitted during the race but must line up behind individual runners and must not be equipped with nitrous.
The mission and approach of Core Sports Fitness represents the fusion of the professional experience and education of its two founders, former Red Wings star Kris Draper and Dr. Jeff Pierce. Their combination of practical and medical knowledge allowed the two to devise a system that would help athletes strengthen their core skills, bolster their overall fitness, and learn the techniques needed to take their performance to the next level in their chosen sport. Although the center offers programs specifically tailored to sports such as soccer, basketball, and hockey, the coaches also offer more generalized sessions that emphasize the universal importance of strength, conditioning, and injury prevention. These sessions include exercises that proactively address areas of structural weakness or instability before they sustain damage. Personal-training sessions address the importance of healthy living off the court or field by providing nutritional guidance as well as general lifestyle recommendations and advice on choosing a sportier middle name. Though many of the training facility's approaches are geared toward increasing athletic performance within very specialized settings, the training techniques covered are also accessible for non-athletes hoping to lose weight or build muscle in a safe and supportive environment.
At Fit Zone for Women, ladies workout in a friendly, supportive atmosphere highlighted by natural light and a bright color scheme of purple and light pink. Upbeat music plays as members bounce from treadmills and elliptical machines to free weights and pin-select weight equipment. And to keep exercisers in the cardio area distracted from the burn, the gym boasts large screen TVs airing popular TV shows and videos of woodland creatures practicing yoga. The gym eschews the presence of sweaty and grunting power-lifters for the mindfulness of Pilates, yoga, and women’s self-defense classes. Members can even grab a paperback from the gym’s book nook before starting their workout to include their brain in their full-body workout, and lock up their belongings in the spacious locker room with private changing areas.
Inside Excel Academy of Cosmetology?s 8,000-square-foot facility, aspiring aestheticians, manicurists, and cosmetologists staff a 47-station clinic. There, guests can enjoy a number of salon services performed by senior-level students under the supervision of an experienced instructor. The Academy is stocked with up-to-date industry equipment and class sizes are small so that senior-level students are amply prepared to treat guests in their area of expertise.