All About Scuba's experienced, attentive instructors transform landlubbers ages 10 and older into underwater bubble-breathers with a range of classes. After donning loaner masks, snorkels, boots, and flippers, aquanauts strap into a tank-laden vest and spend 30 to 45 minutes gliding through a placid pool relatively free of feral manatees. After your instructor introduces you to the rules of safe subaqueous exploration and shows you how to operate the critical pieces of equipment—including buoyancy converters, regulators, and electric-eel outlet converters—students buddy up with each other to examine the pool's depths and reminisce about college over beers at the pool's underwater bar.
Dr. Ronald T. Weiland doesn’t “believe in fad diets,” as he notes on his website. Rather, he trusts in simple mathematics: fewer ingested calories plus more burned calories equals weight loss. At Ameri-Cal Weight Clinic, he and his staff put this equation into practice during comprehensive weight-loss programs that rely on healthful foods, aerobic exercise, and prescribed appetite suppressants. This mix of support, services, and tools is readily available at eight clinic locations throughout the Bay Area and one that only appears on leap years.
Anheuser-Busch's Beermaster Tour regales guests with an edifying excursion behind the scenes of the brewery's charming, picturesque facilities. View secretive master sudsmiths as they frolic in their natural brewhouse habitat, and savor the hearty bouquet of the hop room, which brims with the scents of the powerful flowers. The fermentation cellar and packaging facility reveal the early stages of a magical life cycle, similar to watching a nest of panda eggs hatch. At tour’s end, guests can soothe their flabbergasted faces with a sample directly from the finishing tank before receiving souvenirs and keepsakes. Brimming with an immense array of seasonal and newfangled brews, the hospitality room showcases Anheuser-Busch's frothy masterpieces, poured out by the brewery's famously intelligent clydesdales. Summer tours take place Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (with an additional 12 p.m. tour on Saturday). Winter tours take place Tuesday through Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Jump Highway is constantly in motion. The "trampoline sports arena" is filled with more than 10,000 square feet of nearly custom-built, steel-frame trampolines that cover the floor and climb partway up the walls. Here, visitors of all ages bound across the room and into foam pits large enough for use by professional gymnastics teams or a giant's naptime. In addition to freestyle jumping sessions, the center also hosts group dodgeball and basketball tournaments. The gym's Airobics class treats the trampolines as a whimsical track and field during its cardio-focused, low-impact, and low-gravity workouts.
Each piece of equipment is carefully inspected each day and the staff regulates the number of jumpers to prevent overcrowding. They also monitor the different trampoline zones, which include a separate jumping area just for smaller children. When guests are ready for the world to stop shaking, a cafe and on-site lounge feature leather furnishings and wireless internet.
While working as a law enforcement officer in the 1970s, Dennis Atkinson became fascinated with hypnosis, often watching hypnotists draw out forgotten details and suppressed memories from crime victims and witnesses. After retiring from the force, Dennis decided that he wanted to help people overcome their personal issues and began formal hypnosis training. During hypnosis sessions, Dennis accompanies his clients, who are lulled into a conscious state of relaxation, on journeys into their subconscious, offering suggestions to help them hurdle over stubborn mental blocks toward reducing anxiety, losing weight, quitting smoking, and solving intermediate sudoku puzzles. Dennis emphasizes that people can only undergo hypnosis if they choose to, and patrons are fully aware of their surroundings and the events that take place during each session.
Dennis Atkinson also combines hypnosis and visualization techniques with his life-coaching services to guide clients forward on the path to achieving their goals. He likens his role as a life coach to that of a traditional athletic leader, but he can safely travel outside of a tank of Gatorade to assist in career and health ambitions.
After obtaining certifications to teach several movement modalities, including dance, aerobics, Pilates, and yoga, Carol decided to share her passion and wealth of expertise with others by opening her own studio, Yoga Core Fit. The studio's growing schedule features two styles of yoga: Vinyasa—which strengthens muscles through posture sequences linked with mindful breaths to bolster strength and mental clarity—and the slower-paced Yin style—in which poses are held for three minutes at a time to help students sink deeply into stretches. To outfit bodies with toned cores and lean-muscle suits, four Pilates classes enhance exercises with various tools, challenging patrons to stretch resistance bands, balance on fitness balls, whittle waists with toning rings, and complete routines while cradling snoozing baby hippos.
Inspired by her love of dogs—the studio's logo is a pup in the yoga boat pose, which is also known as the Pilates teaser pose—Carol collects donations for the Solano SPCA Haven for Animals at her studio.
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