The staff members of Winter Park Health & Fitness have devoted themselves to a simple mission: creating a welcoming space for members to set and achieve fitness goals. In addition to keeping cardio machines and Nautilus strength-training equipment spick-and-span, they're always available to answer questions and help members work out more effectively. Weekday childcare enables parents to stop in for classes that include indoor cycling, three types of yoga, and Pilates. Trainers can also show members how to use the gym's TRX suspension bands to leverage their body weight for workouts during personal-training sessions, which incorporate strength training and metabolic testing that reveals how many calories clients must burn or consume to successfully body-double for Dolph Lundgren.
Energizing beats fuel each furious workout at F.I.R.M. Fitness Camp as groups move together to shave off pounds and shape stronger bodies. Certified personal trainers start fresh each day with a new workout that employs dumbbells, jump ropes, and the Lebert Equalizer to keep heart rates pumping while building muscle mass. Unlike other boot camps, the trainers motivate through positive reinforcement rather than by yelling at clients or leaving passive-aggressive post-it notes on their fridges. Additionally, each energy-boosting session is held indoors, so students need not worry about sessions being canceled due to rain.
The teachers at Wine and Canvas believe anyone can be artist. In fact, they draw out skills from people who have never even held a paintbrush before. To do this, they guide participants step-by-step through the process of replicating a painting during three-hour classes held at different restaurants and bars throughout the city. To keep each class fresh, they regularly change up the selected masterpieces, which can be anything from the Eiffel Tower at night to an abstract rendering of trees. No matter what and where they teach, though, they always supply students with all the necessary accoutrements, including paints, canvases, aprons, and pronunciation guides for realistic French-accents. The one thing they don't supply is wine, allowing guests to choose for themselves what to drink at the venues' full bars.
These nights on the town are for adults only, but they do host kid-friendly cookie and canvas nights for children wanting to discover or flex their artistic chops.
Little Bites' squad of culinary craftspeople prepares menus that cull aspects of fine, globetrotting cuisine when catering events or teaching captive audiences how to cook. At private cooking lessons for children or adults, kitchen counters populate with ingredients and supplies that the chef unpacks before chopping methods and flavor profiles are explained. The same delicate hands that weave ingredients into dishes during lessons create complementary courses for dinner parties, food seminars, and wine tastings when called upon for catering services. Grub arrives customized for each event, whether sculpted into fun shapes for a youngster's birthday party or accompanied by flowers and soothing tunes at a romantic dinner for two. In addition to adjusting menus around the dietary, kosher, or vegetarian restrictions of their customers, Little Bites' chefs dispense suggestions to elevate feasts, such as which wines and velvet-rope colors pair best with the evening's food.
Manager Rhett Wickham unites his 25 years of experience in the guest-services industry and the know-how he cultivated as an amateur bodybuilder into guiding others to fitness achievement. He helms the Winter Park Anytime Fitness, the doors of which are open 24 hours a day. Personal trainers and tanning assistants are on hand to help guests until 7 p.m. Monday–Friday and until 4 p.m. on Saturday. During these hours, they help clients navigate the rich forest of strength training, cardio equipment, and tanning beds.
Inside Rhett’s gym, rich purple and bright-green walls—relieved by huge panels of mirrors—surround sand-colored hardwood floors. Soothing blue carpets grip the bottoms of the weightiest weightlifting machines to prevent them from sliding around. Flat-screen TVs hang above rows of treadmills and cycles to entertain and encourage guests while their legs busy themselves burning calories and wishing that kneecaps had eyes.
Berto Ortega can't even remember the first time he picked up a pencil or paintbrush. By age 8, he was already a portraitist's apprentice while his peers were still working in the medium of macaroni and glitter. When he got older, Ortega bolstered his natural talents with a formal education at the Swain School of Design and Philadelphia's Studio Incamminati. Today, he teaches oil-and-acrylic techniques to painters of all experience levels. Ortega's own portfolio features portraits and landscapes rendered in a variety of styles: impressionist-inspired lilies, shadowy charcoals, and realist portraits in glowing hues.