Wine and Canvas sends local artists to restaurants and comfortable bars to guide students through featured paintings from the studio's monthly calendar. As instructors offer step-by-step instructions, pupils mimic the motions of their brush to re-create scenes inspired by nature, Impressionist masters, and alcoholic libations themselves. After the night has ended, students carry their finished masterpieces home to hang proudly on their walls or avant-gardely on their fish tanks.
Dance is an art form, a workout, and a great way to meet new friends. It's with these qualities in mind that the instructors at Dance with Elegance designed their classes. During one-hour sessions, students add ballroom, salsa, and steppin' to their dance repertoire, all while burning calories and having fun. Heart rates quicken during Zumba and Aerobic Line Dance Hustle—classes that fuse quick, easy-to-follow dance steps with upbeat music.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches 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.
The studio creates a welcoming, tranquil environment in which students can grow their physical, mental, and spiritual selves. Inside the mother-and-daughter-owned sanctuary, yogis at any experience level—from beginners who've never saluted the sun to bend-experts capable of tying their shoes with their own toes—are encouraged to twist and stretch their way through myriad classes.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.