Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on physical well-being with a cornucopia of equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or a random street man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength equipment or top-of-the-line cardio equipment, which features televisions and other media diversions. Even if you exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary-schoolyard workout.
Lincoln Calling provides a yearly rendezvous point for Nebraska's art-loving masses. Last year's gathering drew more than 3,600 fans and more than 100 bands, and the 2010 celebration aims for people pools just as deep, with more than 80 bands and counting. The festival kicks off on September 28 with Kinetic Brew's local music-video-themed Homegrown Movie Festival at the Bourbon Theatre, which is also where you will pick up your tickets. The live music begins on Sept. 29, with music at venues including the Alley, Duffy's Tavern, the Black Market, and Tavern on the Square, where fur-coat-wearing bands may play their final live show before going their separate ways toward solo careers of varying critical and commercial success. A vast lineup of groups, all of varied genres and tax-exemption statuses, provides a running soundtrack to the four days of community-bolstering art appreciation. On Oct. 1, Lincoln Calling will feature local photographers' work in an exhibit in the halls of the Parrish Project.
Lux Center for the Arts’ Date Night art-making classes unite couples for creative collaboration in a laid-back atmosphere. After signing up for a two-hour workshop, held at least one Friday each month, each participating couple will combine brainpower with up to four additional twosomes and an experienced artisan to channel their collective subconscious into nifty collaborative pieces. Monthly meetings highlight different mediums; guests may spin a custom-made swear jar on pottery night to collect FCC donations, paint themselves into historical events, or forge a backup ring to rule them all in the glass fusing class. Feel free to pair up with a blind date, a new friend, or a well-behaved barista in the Date Night art-making classes, which are open to right-brained couples of all skill levels.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
The trainers at Kosama Lincoln keep members' muscles confused. Alongside nutrition counseling and heart-zone training, muscle confusion stands as one of the three pillars of Kosama's fitness philosophy. Programs provide an original workout everyday of the week that may incorporate kettlebells, TRX suspension gear, plyometric equipment, and other training methods. These constantly morphing workouts keep muscles from adapting to a set fitness regimen, which would otherwise cause bodies to come up against fitness plateaus or frustrations. Trainers further hone the fitness optimization through heart-zone training, a process in which clients exercise at an optimal heart rate that maximizes their exertion without pushing them to an unsafe level. Kosama welcomes clients of all body types and abilities to their non-intimidating environment.
At K/B Stables, instructor Donna Stading-Smith imparts the equine wisdom she has been accruing since she first saddled up when she was 3 years old. As a former elementary media specialist and a 4-H teacher for 14 years, she’s experienced in making horseback riding a comfortable and fun activity for both beginners and more seasoned riders. Regular lessons and training prep students to take the reins for casual or competitive rides in English, western, or dressage styles. When they're not supporting budding equestrians, some 20 horses gallop across K/B Stables’ 11 acres. The family-run stable hosts 30 stalls for boarding accommodations by the night, week, month, or whatever period of time the horse’s former girlfriend said it needed to “sort things out.”