The athletic alchemists at Brown Fitness’s Camp Kettlebell stir flexibility, strength, and cardio into 45-minute class concoctions designed to whip bodies into shape. Employing the kettlebell, a grip-granting handled weight, certified BMI-abolishing instructors lead sessions tailored to activity amateurs or the workout-weathered, who attend three times a week. A one-month membership to the online nutrition program grants students custom recipes, following an initial body assessment. Participants should come prepared with a towel, workout mat, bottled water, and comfortable clothing on their person, and "Eye of the Tiger" playing in their ears. Morning, midday, and evening sessions fit even the surliest schedules. Prospective iron pumpers should call Brown Fitness to schedule their first class.
Xtreme Xperience was founded by a pair of car aficionados who understand the thrill of commanding a $253,000 piece of four-wheeled poetry in motion, like the Lamborghini LP560. They know that exaggerating the pronunciation of Porsche is only half as fun as horsewhipping its 530 horsepower from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.3 seconds. They realize that the Ferrari F430's supercharged Launch Control console button is too irresistible not to push coming out of every red light and into every dark, quiet, and hopefully vacant train tunnel. The smooth, spaceship-esque aluminum body shell of the Audi R8 makes them appreciate how discreet something like 782 rivets, 382 self-tapping screws, and more than 300 feet of welding can be. The people at Xtreme Xperience love supercars, and they love matchmaking them to other car enthusiasts who live to cruise across the great, oil-stained arteries of the American interstate-highway system.
• July 5–July 8 morning class • July 5–July 8 afternoon class • July 18–July 21 morning class • July 18–July 21 afternoon class • July 25–July 28 morning class • July 25–July 28 afternoon class • August 1–August 4 morning class • August 1–August 4 afternoon class • August 8–August 11 morning class • August 8–August 11 afternoon class • August 15–August 18 morning class • August 15–August 18 afternoon class
A team of photographers make up the fleet of instructors at Light Graspers. They decided to share their love of photography with others through tutorials offered to photographers of all levels. For budding artists, the photographers offer lessons on mastering the basics such as shutter speed and aperture settings. They also lead more advanced students through other skills such as white balance and lighting techniques.
Every graduate of The Premium Institute of Bartending Schools' 34-hour mixology program can count on one thing—being hired as an on-call bartender with Premium Event Staffing, a company that provides staff for private parties and corporate events. Like a pie-fight truce, this guarantee benefits everyone involved. Students get to earn income while they use the institute's job-placement services to find a steady gig at an affiliated bar or elsewhere. Premium Event Staffing in turn gets access to bartenders who have completed the mixology program and who know their way around a muddler.
The reason even the institute's most recent graduates are so comfortable behind a bar isn't that they're wearing footie pajamas under their clothes—it's that classes take place in such a realistic setting. Students work at a bar setup that includes bar guns, liquor bottles, and 14 types of glasses, and they learn to pour on a real draft-beer system. This hands-on approach also characterizes the four-hour introductory classes the school holds for people who wish to learn to make martinis, shots, frozen drinks, or other specialties.
Kyle Brandt and his team of fellow trainers?who include his wife Sarah?are, of course, fit. But they don't believe in exercising for exercise's sake. Instead, at Brandt Fitness & Self Defense, they offer what they call "functional fitness for life." This belief, which also serves as the company's motto, manifests in two ways. First, it means that by focusing on martial arts, Kyle and his team can coach students of all skill levels?first-time exercisers, four-year-old martial arts novices, professional athletes?to defend themselves from danger. The second function they ascribe to fitness? Community. They believe working out should be fun and social. Fridays' happy hour workouts encourage as much gum-flapping as they do deadifting. And like the martial arts classes, Brandt's CrossFit sessions welcome a diverse array of attendees. The gym even hosts holiday parties, which are very popular, although their papier mache pi?ata full of kettlebells never quite got off the ground.