As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Owners Michael and Lucy Fitzgerald are a nationally recognized ballroom duo that has placed as a finalist in more than 70 major competitive events. With nearly 40 years of dance experience, they opened Just Dancing West to share their love of ballroom dancing with the community in private and group classes geared to students of all ages.
With certified instructors and ample tumbling space, GymQuarters Gymnastics transforms typical tots into agile energy machines. Classes designed for kinderlings and younger (or home-schooled children of all ages) introduce lithe lads and lasses to the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, floor, and trampoline. A special tumble track is also available to host tiny flippers in a safe, grandparent-approved environment. Classes begin with 15 minutes of sinew-warming stretching, followed by three 15-minute rotations on gym equipment. As gymnasts master foundational skills, they can catapult into the next level of body-bending virtuosity. Sessions take place during the day between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. seven days a week; customers can schedule class by phone at a time that is convenient for them.
Club Fitness makes exercise accessible, offering dozens of group classes to participants of all fitness levels at more than 20 locations throughout the St. Louis area. Teams of instructors lead lessons in activities such as cycling, ab-focused exercises, kickboxing, Pilates, yoga, and Zumba aerobics.