The big moments in life, such as weddings or the birth of a child, are easy to remember like they happened yesterday. Photographer L. Severson makes sure all of the smaller moments are just as memorable, snapping evocative pictures that capture everything from the pregnancy glow of an expectant mother to the peacefulness of a sleeping newborn. Year-round, she photographs families inside her fully equipped studio or right outside, where a four-acre portrait park makes a beautiful backdrop with a pond and wooden bridge. After photo sessions, she helps clients decide on colorful prints they can hang over a fireplace or on a wall.
It’s hard to imagine a trainer more dedicated to fitness than Josh Kuklak, the owner of Survival Fitness Gym. An ACE-certified personal trainer, Josh holds state records in powerlifting on the bench-press and deadlift platforms, and has also competed in hockey, tennis, karate, and weight training. Along with Diana Fisbeck, also an ACE-certified trainer, he leads boot camp-style workouts that call upon muscle confusion—through constantly varied routines—to promote building strength and melting fat.
Their boot camps fuse cardio, resistance training, and plyometrics into workouts that change every day to prevent workout burnout. Leaving treadmills and weight machines behind, the sessions incorporate a slew of nontraditional fitness equipment. Students might flip oversize tires and hang from gymnastics rings one day, and then heave sledgehammers and box heavy bags until they cry uncle the next. Their basic-training class focuses on core work and endurance, and strength training blends elements of powerlifting, bodybuilding, and functional training to pack on muscle and annihilate fat. The fitness duo also leads personal-training sessions, motivating clients to reach their goals and harmonizing with them during workout songs.
At Carmel Total Fitness? 20,000-square-foot facility rows of cardio machines, strength-training equipment, and free weights stretch as far as the eye can see. The enthused staff of certified personal trainers eagerly await clients to design one-on-one training sessions or to answer questions from members as they fly through their own self-devised regimes. The center offers more than 40 fitness classes, such as Pilates mat, power core, yoga, heart race cycle, and Zumba are held in the wood-floored fitness studio, while pickup games of dodgeball, racquetball, or Red Rover take place on one of the onsite courts. After a tough workout, members can relax and rest in the sauna, or enhance their sculpted physique in the tanning booth.
Though Bang Fitness Project stands by traditional gym staples?a welcoming setting, programs suitable for families or singles, and affable trainers?it also embraces high-tech advancements. With DotFit Nutrition, guests plan their meals by accessing a gigantic database of food statistics and advice from NASM professionals. The gym's Visual Fitness Planner pulls 3-D images from potential futures, showing users how an exercise or diet regimen could affect their physiques and ability to make carry-on luggage fit. Visitors armed with this knowledge can then jog aboard television-facing treadmills, heft free weights, and test their muscles on strength machinery from Precor and Life Fitness.
The toughest part about working out isn't loading a beached whale onto your back before a breakneck swim; it's finding the motivation to strap on the mammal and go. A start-up consultation with Fitness by Design's knowledgeable personal trainers ($60 value) will get you jazzed about the work ahead and determine your fitness abilities and goals. Cracking open calorie-free fortune cookies of workout wisdom, the able-bodied body shapers at Fitness By Design will show you how 20–30 minutes of slow, concentrated muscle exercises 2–3 times a week can generate superior physical health.
The team of experienced instructors at Anthony J. Padgett Gallery imparts pupils with painting know-how. During a two-hour introductory art class, visitors will study brush strokes under the compass-like guidance of a talented artist in a stress-free environment bolstered by beer or wine brought from home. Like Van Gogh's famous keg parties, the enjoyable classes combine socialization with art as guests paint, sip, and mingle with other like-minded adults. At the end of each lesson, customers proudly leave with a handmade masterpiece of their own making.