The sounds of spoon against bowl and knife against chopping board fill the classroom kitchen at Get Cooking 101 as expert instructors demonstrate proper techniques for turning ingredients into savory meals. Kids from age 6 to 18 craft a two- to three-course meal that includes dishes such as chicken pot pie, cheese-and-bacon quiche, and wonton wraps. Older students master the fundamental techniques of global cuisines, as appropriately aged chefs accompany class with their own bottles of wine that provide delicious culinary pairings as well as substitute rolling pins. Romance fills the air during Saturday singles or date night classes, where students collaborate to create chicken milanese with escarole salad and pickled red onions or cheese-and-lobster ravioli with parmesan crisps. Girls'- or guys'-night-out classes allow friends to get together to enjoy each others' company, crafting delicacies and learning how to reinforce doors and windows against unrelenting armies of processed foods.
While sailing high above Southern California in the cockpit of a Cessna Skyhawk, a pilot can look down at the land below and see everything from undisturbed wilderness to commuters stuck in traffic. The pilots and certified instructors at Fly Corona help others uncover this bird's-eye view of the world through demonstration flights and individual lessons. During demos, passengers frequently take the controls themselves as the instructor supervises, and several full aviation training programs help students work toward getting their pilot's license, an ID vital for getting into eagles' mountain-top nightclubs.
At The Rinks, visitors lace up their inline skates and zoom around a smooth hockey-style rink during public skating sessions. Would-be hockey players can also suit up in free gear and inline skates to learn the ins and outs of the game as part of the The Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play program, which allows kids and adults to experience the sport before joining a paid program.
Favoring small group swimming lessons targeted to all ages, The Aquatic Zone's instructors are trained in the Aquatic Concepts, Inc. method, and use positive reinforcement to teach beginning swimmers the basics of water comfort, body balance, and movement. Once budding amphibians have gotten their foot-flippers wet, they'll try out various strokes and other swimming must-knows such as wall kicks, breathing patterns, and psychic communication with sea life. Lessons are available for children as young as six months and are offered at multiple skill levels for every age group. The goals at each stage are clearly presented and taught, ensuring that the time spent in the pool is always productive and goal-oriented. Awards such as toys, certificates of completion, and surgically implanted gills are bestowed upon students when all the elements of a particular level are mastered. Sessions typically last a half hour, and the saltwater chlorination pools keep water clean without irritating eyes or skin.
Brazilian jujitsu could be considered the black sheep of the martial-arts family. Instead of relying on raw force and strength like many disciplines, Brazilian jujitsu uses leverage and precise movements to defeat opponents with its precise self-defense system. That?s why students at Gracie Barra?s 400+ locations worldwide come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, Brazilian jujitsu often inspires entire families?mom, dad, kids, and security blankets with faces drawn on them?to get in shape and learn the art of self-defense.
Alpha Pole & Fitness prioritizes entertainment as much as exercise. Its pole-dancing offerings include level-specific lessons, as well as specialty lessons like the spinning-pole class. But dancing isn't the only discipline on the agenda: yoga, barre, and the Pilates-yoga hybrid PiYo also have a spot. The result of such variety is a studio with eight different class categories, myriad body types, and plenty of opportunities to have fun while getting fit.