The specialists at Eat My Art construct elaborate, edible sculptures from natural ingredients and impart their baking alchemy during classes and workshops. With careful measurements and precise amounts of flour, sugar, and eggs, the baking team arranges multidimensional cakes in the shapes of hot rods, handbags, corsets, and boxing gloves. During child or adult baking classes, the staff supplies all the baking utensils and ingredients necessary to create cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and miniature pies. The classes reveal fine baking and decorating techniques such as piping with buttercream, sculpting with fondant, and baking a file-shaped cake to successfully escape gingerbread prisons.
Picasso's Corner's imaginative artists offer step-by-step instruction to guide students of all skill levels as they craft 16"x20" paintings. Classes, running either two hours Tuesday-Wednesday or three hours Thursday-Saturday, are scheduled at 7 p.m. and include all necessary materials such as acrylic paint, brushes, high-powered paintball guns, easels, aprons, and canvases. Patrons may use provided bottle openers and cups during class to enjoy self-supplied beer, wine, and snacks. The studio's three-hour open-studio sessions offer a more independent painting session devoid of step-by-step instruction and performance-enhancing hugs.
Pottery painting and glass fusing are two of the most celebrated crafts at Earth Paint and Fire. Spirited and inclusive, the studio’s BYOB classes and art sessions invite guests to indulge as they customize a plate or fuse colored glass to create ornate dishware and jewelry. During special project sessions, the staff members also assist artists by helping them customize works with painted accents such as the footprint of a newborn baby, the paw of an aging pup, or the tire tread of a beloved robot butler.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Personal trainer and Strongside founder Mitchel Black has a list of certifications and accomplishments that would make any bodybuilder blush. Certified as a CrossFit trainer—as well as a US Olympic weight coach—he has hosted a health and fitness radio show, completed in an Ironman triathalon, and, today, facilitates 30 day paleo challenges in eight countries.
But while his own accomplishments may sound intimidating, Black started Strongside with the goal of making physical health and strength accessible to everyone. His own journey to CrossFit transformed him from a thin, endurance athlete to a strength-focused athlete, and he helps others make similar transformations in a six-day-a-week schedule of ever-changing classes—or Workouts of the Day. Throughout the week, these workouts revolve to keep participants not only engaged, but to help maximize the building of muscle and shedding of fat so that they stay motivated and on track.
Cheerleading isn't just for football games, and gymnastics isn't only for showing off at board meetings. The two sports are also sure-fire ways to teach discipline and teamwork while boosting endurance and physical fitness. At World of Gymnastics and Cheer, students as young as 18 months get a jump-start on these skills inside the 20,000-square-foot facility. The rec program instills everything from stretching basics to advanced tumbling, and the competitive gymnastics program proudly participates in both the AAU and USA programs. Meanwhile, World of Cheer, the recreational and competitive program, prepares members and gives them the opportunity to compete on a national level.