All Fired Up! creates a casual, crockery haven where budding artists of any age can fashion their own earthenware masterpieces. Amateur Picassos first select from an array of paintable options ranging from picture frames and dinnerware, to mugs, platters, and bisque sculptures of the real Picasso’s ear. Guests can then select from a plentiful palette of ceramic-safe colors to customize a design, or call upon artistic aid in the form of stamps, stencils, and computer printouts. Dress up a dining table by decorating a plain oval tray with brightly colored flowers, or gift your mailman with a “world’s best milkman” tile before apologizing for your mistake.
Each one of Anytime Fitness’s 1,660 coed fitness clubs grant members 24-hour secured access to weight and cardio equipment and sessions of group fitness. The locations in Reno showcase exercise machines from manufacturers such as Precor, with treadmills and ellipticals sporting monitors for watching TV. The fitness emporium's staff of certified trainers lead group fitness classes or personal-training sessions customized to each exerciser’s ability and the moisture capacities of sweatbands. The staff is always friendly, making Anytime an inviting place to train.
For an aspiring star, getting cast on a popular TV show such as The Suite Life on Deck or in a McDonald's commercial can be the break that starts a career. Many Take 2 Performers Studio students have landed these gigs after cultivating their skills during hands-on programs. Led by expert instructors fluent in show business, fledgling entertainers build confidence as they develop convincing accents, tackle a difficult aria, or create a signature runway walk for particularly dramatic entrances to biology class.
For students of The Studio, flying is not only possible—it's therapeutic. Instructors in beginners’ acro-yoga classes lead guests through the basics of gravity-defying poses and partner work, helping them balance upside down and infuse their yoga practice with trust and playfulness. During these and all classes at The Studio, the emphasis is on acceptance. The staff maintains a judgment-free atmosphere, where burgeoning yogis can feel comfortable attempting new postures without making everyone nearby crawl headfirst into a sleeping bag. The two classrooms—one heated for intense Vinyasa sequences and one kept at a standard temperature—are as calming and open as the minds within them, bordered by walls of large, panoramic windows. Under the supervision of certified teachers, most of whom have undergone hundreds of hours of yoga training, pupils hone their sense of body and breath awareness.
This welcoming ambiance helped The Studio earn the 2012 award for Best Yoga Classes in the Reno News & Review. However, the center is not solely focused on classes and views them instead as one component of a total-wellness regimen. Backing up the sessions, massage therapists untangle muscular knots in two private rooms with Thai stretching techniques or other classic modalities. In the lounge, plush floor cushions support patrons as they sip complimentary tea and peel clementines. Owner Rachelle often stands behind the raw-food and juice bar, prepping wholesome meals for lunch and keeping fruit from getting too full of itself.
At Crossfit Sierra Nevada, supportive CrossFit–certified trainers help fitness seekers of all levels craft better bodies through constantly varied and functional motions such as lifting, throwing, and jumping. The Mommy Bells classes lead new moms in 60 minutes of fat-blasting boot camp workouts, where participants hoist kettlebells, stretch bands, and wrestle baby mastodons to help whittle away postpregnancy weight. For those new to the CrossFit philosophy, The Midtrack program spans 10 classes that hone 10 areas of overall physical fitness, including cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, flexibility, and how many statues hands can crush in 30 seconds. Constantly shifting workouts-of-the-day challenge students with intense regimens that include everything from pushups and TRX suspension work to dragging huge tires across the gym.
PPA Studios' Director of Education Joseph Giampapa, an accomplished playwright with more than 35 years of industry experience, develops students' acting skills for commercials, television, and film, emphasizing aptitudes necessary for audition success. In the four-hour introductory workshop, Giampapa schools pupils in the basics of blocking and explains critical differences between acting for camera and stage, such as projecting the voice and avoiding entanglement in curtains. Alongside line memorization and recitation, apprentices discover key acting techniques for nonverbal communication and channeling nervousness. After revealing more effective strategies for finding auditions than sending out homing pigeons clad with business cards, Giampapa describes what novices can expect from the audition process and details the qualities and abilities directors seek in actors.