A shimmering butterfly hovers suspended in a pink glass teardrop. Glass bands wind around each other like ribbons of pulled taffy to form a glass icicle. Intricate and distinct, the glass artwork at Indianola Glass Creations reflects the diverse specialties of the shops’ glassworkers. Shop partner and lampwork instructor Bobbi Oelmann says it’s this versatility that first drew her to the medium. On any given day, you can find her and her fellow artists slumping glass in the shop’s kiln, blowing glass in the torch room, or meticulously cutting panes of stained glass into adorable geometric shapes. Artists can easily customize these glass pieces to suit customers’ specifications—they create earrings to match a prized pendant, for instance, or fire custom-blown glass ornaments.
Artists not only sell their artwork and jewelry, but empower budding artists to create their own one-of-a-kind creations with weekly classes. Groups of 3–10 students may learn to turn glass rods into beads during a lampworking class, or piece together a stained-glass ornament. To ensure a positive experience, Ms. Oelmann says that instructors strive to get to know each student and his or her goals for the class: “We want them to enjoy it just as much as we do.”
For sisters Molly Sivertsen and Stephanie Becker, fitness is not just about looking good in a swimsuit, it is a way of life. Impassioned by a lifelong dedication to staying in shape, they honed their knowledge and skills as fitness instructors for two years before debuting their own haven for health, Fusion Fitness, in 2008. Members wave a pass card 24/7 to access the gym's treasure trove of cardio and weight equipment. Classes span a spectrum of workouts, from the focused flow of yoga to the rapid undulations of Zumba. The Silver Sneakers class blends strength training and aerobics into a single session that blasts calories and boosts cardiovascular endurance without straining joints. As they workout, patrons can leave their young under staff supervision in daycare center or children's fitness classes.
Personal trainers and nutrition counselors tackle health issues one by one, designing fitness plans tailored to each patron's needs. They escort clients on grocery store trips, pointing out which foods make nutritious ingredients for healthy meals and which make the best ammo during food fights with former bullies.
Farrell’s eXtreme Body Shaping helps clients of all ages, lifestyles, gender, and athletic ability achieve their fitness goals through results-orientated training. Long-time taekwondo competitor and teacher Lance Farrell developed the program to combat obesity and assist people develop healthy lifestyle habits by incorporating the fat-burning, strengthening and endurance building aspects of competitive martial arts training into a course for those less interested in traditional sparring or contact drills. During 45-minute sessions hosted six days a week, Farrell uses fitness as a catalyst for improving overall health, wellness, and athletic abilities. A 10-week program can result in visible changes sparked by discipline and nutritional commitment.
Maximum Fitness and X-Press Fitness pump puny tugboat bicep tattoos into bulging battleships with an array of modern cardio and strength equipment, all available at any time via the 24-hour access card. Maximum Fitness members can take part in free one-hour power-yoga classes, held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., and patrons of X-Press Fitness can partake in Xrkade Interactive Fitness Club, a virtual world of fitness that relies on interactivity and perspiratory pleasure. Both locations offer sparkling locker rooms, satellite-ready TV screens, and foam-brick walls that await celebratory destructive shoulder charges from all-achieving athletes.
Aspen Athletic Club amasses top-of-the-line equipment, seasoned trainers, and luxurious amenities within five gym spaces across Des Moines. A fleet of cardio and strength-training machinery from brands such as LifeFitness and Star Trac heavily populate the floors, allowing guests ample access to the equipment. In addition to a cardio theater, the Hickman gym boasts 12 onsite tennis courts and specialized studios for martial arts and women-only workouts. Visitors to the 14th Street location can sign up for aquatic classes or swim laps solo across the pool. Other amenities such as tanning, massage therapy, and gold-plated kettlebells vary from club to club.
Certified personal trainers plan out custom routines for clients, and highly qualified instructors lead Zumba steps, spinning seminars, and, at certain locations, fast-paced Les Mills classes. The professional staff also offer nutritional counseling at all locales.
Gold's Gym began more than 45 years ago and today features an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, and clean facilities. With today's deal, a member of Gold's Gym's staff of certified personal trainers will test each client's strength, flexibility, and body-fat percentage, among other metrics, before designing a personalized fitness regimen. Then, clients can follow up with regular attendance at the friendly gym, where they can hop on a cardio machine, pump up in a controlled manner on strength-training machines, acquire a golden glaze in the tanning beds, and loosen up in the yoga and Pilates studios.