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.
Trainers at My Core Fitness help clients sculpt toned, trim abs during a sprawling variety of fitness classes and one-on-one training sessions. For instance, there's DivaBootcamp, based on Maria Callas's signature onstage tire lifts, and Ab LunchCrunch. Other sessions focus on flexibility or other specialized topics, but all are designed to tone and strengthen muscles—especially in the core region. If trainers leave muscles sore, gym-goers can indulge in a massage, and they don't even need to leave the studio to do it.
An upscale studio that unites energizing workouts with relaxing spa services, Barre & More sculpts long, lean physiques with a lineup of barre classes inspired by ballerinas’ stretching and strengthening routines. Experienced instructors fill each one-hour session with enthusiasm and encouragement, helping students to get inspired without forcing them to whistle the national anthem. Sitting, kneeling, and standing moves that rely on the body's own resistance tone sinews as they build flexibility in the arms, the legs, and the back and promote posture-bolstering strength in the core. One side of the body compensates for the other during weight-bearing exercises, which can help to prevent osteoporosis by strengthening bones in the hips and the ankles, and deep, graceful stretches help to lift sagging seats, freeing pants from their complicated pulley systems.
MASS Ensemble is an international touring performance group that consists of artists, musicians, composers, and choreographers. Their performances flood the senses with fantastical lighting, expertly performed sounds played on bespoke instruments, and imaginative, dynamic sets made of large-scale installations. Buckle yourself into your seat, or at least tie your hair back, as the ensemble's “Rock Opera” unfolds, turning the beautiful Jemison Concert Hall of the performing arts center into a glowing, pulsing orb of visual and audio stimuli, a spectacle woven with references to popular, exotic, and popularly exoticized cultures. Arrive at the theater at least 30 minutes in advance to exchange your Groupon for a ticket.
Firm Body Bootcamp blasts apart repetitive gym routines and packs the fissures with functional strength training and a blend of fun and no-nonsense equipment. During indoor and outdoor camps, clients may swing kettlebells to crank up triceps, wrestle with battle ropes, toss medicine balls, or use their own body weight to build muscle on suspension equipment. The 45-minute routines kick-start heart rates with cardio drills, and team-based exercises breed camaraderie among campers and ensure backup should the exercise equipment rise up against its masters. Because its maneuvers are fully modifiable, there's ample room at the fitness table for guests of every experience level, including those who have never set foot in a gym.
Supplementary dietary plans and progress-tracking tools collaborate to keep metabolism racing outside of class. To date, Firm Body Bootcamp has helped more than 13 individuals lose 100 pounds each, the weight equivalent of a compact car that refuses to exercise.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Campus Recreation Center opens its doors to the community, encouraging fit-seekers of all ages to get active. The all-inclusive 150,000-square-foot facility has it all: swimming pools, cardio and weight-training equipment, aerobics studios, and an indoor track. For those who like to mix calorie burning with friendly competition, the site also hosts basketball, racquetball, badminton, and volleyball courts; an indoor soccer and floor hockey field; and even a climbing wall. Kids aren't left out of the fun, either. The center hosts kids' day camps, packed with athletic activities and arts and crafts, and welcomes youths to imitate mountain goats on the rock wall or play racquetball in the supervised Kid Zone.