At Bodysport Fitness Center, highly trained instructors motivate pupils of all athletic abilities during high-intensity group boot-camp classes designed by experienced personal trainers. During each coed session, a barrage of full-body workouts replaces lazy fitness routines and helps build lean yet strong physiques. Each trainer adapts his or her program to fit the personalities and abilities of the students, and changes the regimen routinely to confuse muscles, enraging them until they get strong enough to do something about it.
Exercisers feed off each other’s energy during the fun 45-to-60-minute sessions, cultivating a group bond and camaraderie based on mutual success and encouragement. The recently revamped program may incorporate elements of kettlebells, free weights, kickboxing, and even yoga alongside classic boot-camp musts, including calesthenics, plyometrics, core workouts, and primal screaming. During comfortable weather, students work away excess calories in scenic outdoor parks and move into the gym’s 8,400-square-foot facility in cases of extreme heat.
Las Vegas Indoor Soccer hosts all-inclusive, sports-themed birthday parties that energize young athletes. Up to 15 partygoers ($15/additional child) kick, pass, and shoot their way to victory during 75 minutes of play during a two-hour party, with kickball, dodgeball, and soccer games spanning half of a soccer field, the same distance most children are able to kick a cake. A personal party coach supervises the indoor, climate-controlled arena with watchful eyes and a high-fidelity whistle. Once players have worked up an appetite, an already-set party table welcomes appetites for two hours of playful noshing on pizza (two slices/child) and a choice of one soda or one juice. Las Vegas Indoor Soccer also supplies party invitations and a gift for the birth-versary celebrant.
Designed by a former marine, an army training officer, and an ex-baseball pro, The Scorpion Warrior extreme obstacle course tests the physical and mental toughness of every contestant. The Scorpion Warrior is a 2.5-mile endurance course that snakes through 25 extreme obstacles such as a 40-foot tire run, an 8-foot wall, a 16-foot-long elevated balance beam, and removal of the blindfold and cement block ankle weights once the race is over. Singles and teams race to the finish line as they compete for more than $1,800 in cash, with every division guaranteed a prize. As they compete, a digital chip tracks times, and the staff snap three photos that upload automatically to contestants' Facebook pages. After charging to victory, racers relax with food, games, raffles, a family-friendly concert, and an appearance by Miss Nevada 2011 Alana Lee.
A flock of tired dancers traipse out of the studio, their ballet shoes brushing the floor in hushed footfalls as they head off to change. On their way, they pass members of the next class, dressed in yoga pants and sweatshirts. Clear-eyed and hungry, the new group stretches. Thumping hip-hop beats fill the room, and, with only a moment's hesitation, they launch into the first of many energetic routines that will fill that session. This is the way of life at The Beat Dance Academy, where owner Amanda Sizemore and her instructors live by a simple motto: dance is the only form of art “where the artist is also the masterpiece.”
To mold their artists into graceful and strong works of art, instructors teach classes in 15 dance and fitness styles that range from lyrical to Pilates. A combo class encourages children ages 2-5 to move with rhythm and timing, while adult jazz classes unlock the body isolations, leaping, and technical steps fortify the genre’s fundamentals. Meanwhile, aerial classes invite nimble bodies to balance and twirl on a suspended silk or hoop, using their muscles to stay off the ground without calling upon their latent powers of flight.
Nevada Ballet Theatre will launch its 39th season on October 15 with its Fall Series tribute to the late Robert Joffrey. This unprecedented performance will feature the combined dance powers of four of the nation's leading companies: Ballet West, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and the Nevada Ballet Theatre. NBT dancers will kick off the evening with fluid, impressionistic movements that passionately recall the beauty of Degas paintings without subjecting the audience to overly talkative art historians with turpentine breath. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will take the stage to perform the pas de deux from Gnawa, followed by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's rendition of Jorma Elo's Red Sweet, a hyperkinetic blend of robotics and pirouettes. Danceophiles can also wiggle their feet fingers in anticipation of a special preview performance of Jiri Kylian's joyous Sinfonietta, danced by Ballet West.