Backed by a master's degree in art education, 30 years of teaching experience, and an art-therapy certificate, instructor Connie Pruitt makes the painting process easy and fun for students regardless of their skill level. Each class she leads progresses through a project step by step: a dab of yellow here, a swirl of blue there, and before you know it, Starry Night appears. Over the course of two hours, Pruitt reveals numerous tips and techniques, helping students build up their confidence with brushes. The painting of the night changes regularly, including not only reproductions of famous works but also seasonal imagery such as hearts and palm trees.
R Studio’s six-week detox program fights fatigue and unhealthy habits by coupling vigorous workouts with customized nutrition plans and guided sessions of meditation. The program encourages participants to attend four to six fitness classes per week, including circuit-style workouts and multilevel yoga, all led by certified personal trainers. The studio’s signature Kraline classes combine yoga-esque stretching and breathing techniques with strength training to elongate muscles, build core strength, and increase mechanical-bull riding times. Half-hour sessions of meditation teach breathing exercises and strategies to mentally cleanse daily stressors. The program’s nutrition counselor and holistic health expert, Sheree Clark, designs meal plans for each week using recipes that remove preservatives, artificial additives, and holograms in favor of fresh, whole ingredients. Sheree also sends inspirational emails each Friday and hosts special events throughout the program that highlight nutritious recipes and healthy lifestyle tips.
Gold's Gym began more than 45 years ago and today features an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, and clean facilities. With today's deal, a member of Gold's Gym's staff of certified personal trainers will test each client's strength, flexibility, and body-fat percentage, among other metrics, before designing a personalized fitness regimen. Then, clients can follow up with regular attendance at the friendly gym, where they can hop on a cardio machine, pump up in a controlled manner on strength-training machines, acquire a golden glaze in the tanning beds, and loosen up in the yoga and Pilates studios.
Kosama is all about personal fitness training in a group setting. Believing that nutrition, muscle confusion, and personal consultations are the elements that bring fitness success, Kosama certified trainers teach energetic and motivating classes. Every day brings a different workout, and clients train in kettlebells, plyometrics, kickboxing, suspension- and core training as they burn calories and gain lean muscle.
Fitness World West has been trimming Iowa's waistlines since 1986. Its three modern, fully equipped facilities hold more than 75 weekly fitness classes, an aquatic program accredited by the Arthritis Foundation, and advanced strength equipment from Hammer, Cybex, and Paramount. During the diverse lineup of fitness classes, the gym's trainers pump up their students' motivation with rigorous, varying workouts that include Zumba, yoga, cross training, and Greco-Roman spelling bees. For one-on-one instruction, personal trainers work with clients to design fitness plans that optimize results, taking advantage of the center’s cushioned track and the cardio theater's elliptical machines, cross trainers, bikes, and treadmills. When working out solo, clients can set brainwaves to one of 80 channels broadcasting from the cardio machines' personal flat-screen TVs, jogging or biking along to motivational music videos, athletic competitions, or home-shopping auctions. The gym’s selection of Olympic free weights stands ready to fatigue muscles before the whirlpool, sauna, or steam room relieves and relaxes deep-rooted aches.
In addition to increasing clients’ physical prowess, Fitness World West's knowledgeable staff help overhaul the unhealthy habits of their clients through computerized fitness assessments and personalized nutrition consultations. And, during workouts, they welcome parents to entrust their children to the kids' gym and nursery, where an eagle-eyed staff member watches over little ones as they romp around or lead troops of G.I. Joe figurines in taxing pushup regimens.
Behind Whatta' Dish's handsome, unpainted wood exterior lies a treasure trove of similarly unadorned pottery that awaits the caress of a paintbrush. Ensconced in warm light and bright, multihued walls, guests embellish a wide array of bisque pieces, such as ornaments, pet dishes, and plates. As the last coat begins to dry, Whatta' Dish's staff whisks finished pieces away, glazing and firing them to give each item a protective gloss that makes it safe for use with food and trips through the dishwasher. Guests are free to tote along their own snacks and beverages of choice.
Aspen Athletic Club amasses top-of-the-line equipment, seasoned trainers, and luxurious amenities within five gym spaces across Des Moines. A fleet of cardio and strength-training machinery from brands such as LifeFitness and Star Trac heavily populate the floors, allowing guests ample access to the equipment. In addition to a cardio theater, the Hickman gym boasts 12 onsite tennis courts and specialized studios for martial arts and women-only workouts. Visitors to the 14th Street location can sign up for aquatic classes or swim laps solo across the pool. Other amenities such as tanning, massage therapy, and gold-plated kettlebells vary from club to club.
Certified personal trainers plan out custom routines for clients, and highly qualified instructors lead Zumba steps, spinning seminars, and, at certain locations, fast-paced Les Mills classes. The professional staff also offer nutritional counseling at all locales.