Alabama-born Cynthia Massey Parsons, who will be featured in the 32nd anniversary edition of Who’s Who in American Art, has built her artistic reputation on works in watercolor, acrylic, and graphite. During Paint-A-Long sessions, she leads budding artists through the brushwork of a single painting, helping students pick up sound technique without worrying about inventing a subject or baiting a muse. Her original designs range from modified classics—such as the sky in Van Gogh’s Starry Night transposed over a local skyline—to classic floral still lifes.
Drake Fitness provides personal training and nutritional consultations in a welcoming environment. The staff meet one on one with clients to give each muscle group and fitness goal a viable
opportunity to excel. During the fifth training session, a dietician provides a thorough nutrition consultation in order to help unwary diners wield silverware in the healthiest way possible. Each five-session program is an itinerary leading to lands of increased energy, improved physical appearance, and an abundant harvest of self-confidence. Muscle groups band together in the face of exercise and trainer-based encouragement. Sessions can incorporate any of the equipment available at Drake's, including dead lifting free weights or hurling kettle bells. Train to float like a butterfly with training rope and boxing equipment, or to escape quickly from bee-sting danger on the stationary bikes or step mills.
Yoga Circle Downtown's instructors lead a diverse selection of athletically paced and calming yoga styles that cater to students of all skill levels. The studio’s schedule includes advanced and fundamental classes, such as Alignment & Form, where instructors demonstrate poses, emphasizing correct posture and positioning for each asana, instilling proper technique in beginning students and recently animated sculptures alike. Students in yoga flow sessions achieve a more vigorous workout by using strong breaths and athletic movements to transition from pose to pose, raising heart rates and bolstering stamina. During Kundalini yoga, instructors promote inner well-being by incorporating time for chants and calming meditation, which leaves students’ minds as centered as a hula hoop snug around an overinflated beach ball. Students gather for classes in
an airy practice space with lofty ceilings and intricately painted pillars that keep the floor from floating away during class, accessorizing the room's wooden flooring with either their own yoga mats or a rental from the studio ($1).
Alabama Computer Solutions endows both professional and amateur software users with the power to comprehend and control essential desktop programs. Wipe away painful memories of human-software misunderstandings with a choice of Microsoft Office 2010 classes, each helmed by fearless Microsoft Certified Specialists boasting an average of 10 years of experience harnessing the business world’s programs. Documents perfectly process words and fold obligingly under professional makeovers during Word classes, and Excel exposés help students tuck unruly cells into their intended spreadsheet slots. Hone database stewardship with an Access course, or dazzle an expectant boss or unsuspecting houseguest with PowerPoint presentations. Each class is built on a lively mixture of practical instruction, training, and course materials, bulwarked by brain-fueling snacks and beverages.
ABC Bartending School invites budding cocktail chemists to gain hands-on experience, mixing, stirring, and shaking under the tutelage of seasoned industry experts. During the four-hour mixology workshop, guests learn the basics of alcoholic alchemy, blending liquors and mixers into sippable sensations. Workshops are divided into five sections, training amateur aperitif-crafters in the science of mixing, the components of liquors, equipment and bar setup, and how to pick the freshest garnishes from behind-the-bar garnish trees. All course completers enjoy access to a Cheers dimension that currently, due to spatial fluctuations, contains only Cliff Clavins.
The two-hour lesson begins by familiarizing divers with the essential scubaquipment, with an experienced instructor demonstrating how to prepare the gear for diving. Strapped on and strapped into the tank and gear, human merpersons will practice water entry, breathing through a regulator, dealing with prehistoric trilobites, keeping the mask clear, and just flippering around the pool. Dives take place in an indoor pool in the winter and an outdoor pool in the summer. A Professional Association of Diving Instructors–certified dive school and a member of National Instructors Association of Divers with Disabilities, ScubaVentures caters to the needs and goals of all divers.
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.
Massage Unlimited's one-hour signature massage is quadruple-barreled: it incorporates Swedish, deep-tissue, neuromuscular, and trigger-point techniques. A licensed therapist will customize the knead to suit your personal preferences and banish your back's individual bothers. He or she will apply heated packs to your back, warming the skin and soothing the muscles, while draping your feet in a hot, steamy towel that hides them from toe-gobbling blue jays. After the massage, the massage facial will cleanse and exfoliate your visage using a mask, steam, toner, and moisturizer. Pore depuration is accompanied by a face, neck, shoulder, arm, and hand massage.
Though O, The Oprah Magazine sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Amid the buzz of whirring cardio machines, Next Total Fitness's Roebuck facility
bustles with fitness classes and personal training sessions. The cardio room brims with equipment such as TV-equipped elliptical machines, bikes, and treadmills from brands such as Life Fitness, and Star Trac. The facility also boasts an indoor track, indoor and outdoor pools, a boxing room, a half basketball court, and studios where certified instructors helm group fitness, spin, Zumba and yoga classes.
Otherwise, expert coaches lead specialty group training and weight training sessions, and personal trainers build custom workout regimens to accommodate each individual's own unique physical health and fitness abilities. Trainers also advise clients on nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. Meanwhile, childcare professionals keep a careful watch over offspring as parents spend their time in a group fitness class, exercising or secretly flexing in the changing room mirrors.
Birmingham Flight Center’s skilled instructors equip pupils with aeronautical know-how through classroom, flight-simulator, and in-the-air training. Students blast off into the pixeled yonder in Redbird FMX simulators—equipped with 200-degree wraparound views, full-motion capabilities, and digital parachutes in case of lost dogfights—or pilot the center’s top-notch, genuine fleet. Offering levels of instruction from Learn to Fly private pilot-certification courses to FAR Part 141 expedited commercial training, the flight center prepares the pilots of tomorrow while maintaining its founders’ legacy of aeronautical excellence, which stretches back more than 70 years.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Flashes flicker from coast to coast in StacksPhoto's classes. Photographers of all experience levels learn fundamental lessons on evocative composition, balancing light and dark, and capturing memorable shots without photographing National Geographic covers. Other lessons include how to make the most of a camera’s manual mode, understanding basic optics, and how lens choice can affect an image. Besides in-person classes, StacksPhoto also offers a DVD filled with such tips.
For more than 25 years, Chef Bob has relied on real butter, milled cake flour, and farm-fresh milk and eggs to craft each of his made-from-scratch cakes. Though baking for confectioneries and coffee shops remains his passion, Chef Bob also flexes his culinary muscles by catering special events. He once cooked a southern-style meal for more than 6,000 guests at the US Naval Academy, through which he earned a private visit to the White House and a chance to inspect its fabled collection of Grover Cleveland–shaped eggplants.
Chef Bob also regularly shares cooking tips as a guest on WBRC Fox 6, and enlivens functions with custom cakes and ice sculptures. In addition, his cooking classes and demonstrations embolden students to try their hand at kitchen fundamentals or elaborate Ginzu-knife juggling routines. Though he loves sharing his expertly made sweets, he remains committed to promoting balanced diets with his portion-controlled Fit2Eat program.
After a love of sports led trainer Shane Rodriquez to the fitness industry, he quickly racked up an impressive collection of certifications from CrossFit, ISSA, and NESTA, as well as a lineup of clients that includes Fabian Sanchez of Dancing with the Stars. He puts his impressive resume to use at Ignite Fitness, where he's enlisted the help of Level 1 CrossFit trainer and triathlete Sonia Steely to helm CrossFit's constantly changing regimen of varied functional movements performed at high intensity. In sessions divided by age group, the duo motivates clients of all abilities to cast aside their preconceived limitations and perform movements such as weight-lifts, lunges, and plyometrics to increase their strength, endurance, and chances of finally impressing their fathers. To ensure each client gets the most out of the workout, they modify exercises to suit each individual’s needs. They also host a nutrition guide online to keep clients from sliding back into unhealthy habits.
To provide their clients with a diverse and engaging fitness experience, Ignite Fitness also hosts yoga classes as well as nutritional workshops, which explain the processed-carbohydrate-free paleo diet.