Sean Dickson knows firsthand how fitness can equate to survival. He spent 10 years in the Army, serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, attending Ranger School, and working as a recon scout in Iraq and as a special forces medical sergeant in Afghanistan. He found CrossFit when he returned to Alabama, and has since set PRs that include a 465-pound deadlift and a 5:37 mile. Along with his fellow instructors, Sean leads students of all levels through intense workouts that use Olympic weightlifting equipment, stumps attached to chains, and kettlebells to build strength. The class schedule includes three strength-building classes a week, with the rest of the classes based on metabolic conditioning and the art of ripping off a T-shirt.
With a lineage that traces back more than 30 years to its founders' respective schools, Tiger Rock Martial Arts has grown to more than 200 locations nationwide. Tiger Rock's primary focus is tae kwon do, through which certified trainers teach youngsters the skills to defend themselves, as well as confidence and discipline. Adults can learn tae kwon do as well or encounter martial-arts moves in a calorie-torching aerobic workout. Tiger Rock also partners with sports teams to bolster their training or with corporations to get their employees up, moving, and healthy.
Red paper lanterns hang above Wasabi Sushi's sushi counter, where patrons can watch expert sushi chefs slice pieces of sashimi or assemble intricate rolls, such as the Spicy Crawfish with asparagus and cream cheese. Across the dining room, whose walls are painted a buttery yellow, waiters ferry cooked entrees such as teriyaki chicken, vegetable tempura, and chicken fried rice. Desserts such as ice-cream balls rolled in mochi rice skin, and tempura-battered cheesecake, end meals on a sweet note.
Huntsville Ballet Company’s classic and contemporary productions are as much about enriching the local arts community as they are about entertaining the audience. Dedicated to outreach and education, the group invites students from Huntsville Ballet School to audition for performances with professional dancers and the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. When their soloists aren’t pirouetting through The Firebird or anthropomorphizing sugarplums in The Nutcracker, the company welcomes visitors such as Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre and the New York City Ballet.
Staff Size: 50+ people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Train ride
Locals agree that the best was to take in Noccalula Falls Park's natural beauty with a ride on The C. P. Huntington Train. The train wends its way through park grounds, taking guests between the outdoor animal habitat?home to a lion, a lynx, and foxes, to name a few?and the deer park, home to 10-point buck named Rambo.
The locomotive chugs by Pioneer Village, a collection of rough-hewn log buildings assembled in the style of early settlements. The trek concludes by the park's miniature golf course, which uses natural rock formations, waterfalls, and streams to add challenge to its 18 holes, rather than showcasing a less friendly challenge that goes through the lion's habitat.
Shrill giggles and the pitter-patter of tiny, sock-swathed feet echo off the walls of Pump It Up, where Lilliputian guests pinball through a metropolis of inflatable slides and bouncy enclosures. Small groups of ankle-biters tear through the facility during private parties, plummeting down slides, scaling plush ladders, and bounding off of springy floors.