Certain schools of symbology recognize iron as a sign of inner strength and the lion as an animal of sound judgment. These two ideas merge to form the philosophy and name of Iron Lion Fitness Studio, a place that celebrates strong minds, strong bodies, and robotic wildcats. Inside the gym, painted inscriptions of encouragement and portraits of the namesake feline float above the mirrors, as exercisers tackle one-hour yoga classes or hug turns on steerable RealRyder indoor cycles. Trainers incinerate calories with one-on-one sessions, enhanced by the gym's signature nutritional coaching program, called AWOL, which simplifies weight loss with clear meal plans.
The classes at Art Cellar go well beyond painting by numbers, but they are designed to be just as easy and relaxing. Crafty instructors make sure everyone's equipped with the tools to create a striking work of decorative art?and with a glass of beer or wine, if they'd like. In addition to covering canvases with, say, a sea turtle or a pop-art beach babe, students might also learn to decorate a wreath, build their initials out of wine corks, or make bracelets from stones and beads.