For classes that incorporate live-fire training, Ready Learning Academy works out of their private shooting range in Georgetown, Texas.
Depending on the course, customers can rent 9 millimeter semi-automatic handguns such as a Ruger SR-9 or Glock 17/19, a tactical pump shotgun such as a Remington 870 or Mossberg 500, and an AR-15 such as a Colt LE 6920, Sig Sauer M400 or an LWRC M6. Models are subject to availability.
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Ready Learning Academy's professionally trained instructors believe that responsible gun use comes from a solid foundation in shooting fundamentals. That's why the academy offers three levels of handgun, carbine, or rife and shotgun classes. During these sessions, instructors teach students of all experience levels on the fundamentals of stance, grip and hold, and trigger control. Pupils progress onto more advanced skills such as defensive tactics, cover and concealment, shooting while moving, and engaging multiple threats. Away from the range, the staff offers a variety of services including gunsmith tune-ups, sells firearms at its store and conducts self-defense courses.
Expect an inspiring day of fun, calorie-burning workouts such as Zumba, Body Interiors' The Ultimate Burn Skinny Mini 30 minute workout, boot camps, and the anywhere-anytime TOWELmoves workout, which sculpts your body using just a towel. Beyond the workouts, there will be specialty sessions on healthy cooking, panels of expert trainers, myth busting, and meet and greets with Biggest Loser alumni, as well as demos for heavy rope training, kettlebell training, and myopractic balance.
Live-fire training takes place at a local outdoor range.
Texas CHL requires that students bring their own firearms, though instructors typically have a few extra firearms available in the case of weapons malfunctioning.
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Robert Greene is the NRA-certified instructor behind Texas CHL. In addition to that certification and license as a Texas CHL instructor, Mr. Greene spent 10 years as a law-enforcement officer. He funnels all of that experience into his firearms classes, which include concealed-handgun-license courses, home-protection courses, and NRA basic courses in pistols and rifles.
Camp Gladiator founder Ally Davidson?s childhood obsession with the outdoors and sports led her to pursue a degree in exercise physiology. After her 2008 win on the TV show American Gladiators, Ally decided to share her love of fitness with the world at large. Camp Gladiator reflects Ally's passion for fitness in its mission, which espouses their desire
"to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible." During Camp Gladiator Total Transformation, participants lose weight and gain energy in a friendly, positive environment. Over four-weeks, trainers focus on accountability, competition, motivation, and fun at multiple locations. Results are tracked during fitness assessments, body composition tests, and a fitness calendar, while nutrition counseling helps to maximize those results. Click here to view before and after images.
Davidson also leads boot camps in 13 U.S. cities, with each hosting multiple training locales. The upbeat staff of certified personal trainers lead patrons of all ages and fitness levels through four-week outdoor boot camps, earning Camp Gladiator a Hot Spot title from Women's Health magazine's Fitness Awards in 2013, Best Boot Camp from Rare magazine in 2010, Best of Big D 2010?2013 from D magazine, and Best Outdoor Boot Camp 2012 from Austin Fit magazine.
When Felicity Coltman founded it in 1981, the Austin Chamber Music Center's goal was simpler than it is today, yet still ambitious: to create a summer chamber-music workshop for teens. Since then, not only have many alumni gone on to become professional musicians, but the center has expanded into an outreach organization whose concerts and instruction brings chamber music to Austin ears, instruments, and hearts. Adults of similar skill levels gather into small chamber-music groups, whereas youngsters meet with instructors on weekends, during the summer, or in school. Just two years after its founding, the center sent students on two European voyages and hosted musicians from Salzburg, starting an international exchange program that continues today.
In 1988, a unique performance series took form with the center’s Intimate Concerts, which take place in private homes so that audiences can experience the music in a personal way and help their cats learn to read sheet music. Led by artistic director Michelle Schumann the center now holds year-round concerts for a variety of musical tastes, with all programs including live program notes.
Strings of pink lights glow against the hardwood floor inside Vamps Dance, where a knowledgeable crew aims to boost self-confidence and shape physiques through seductive pole-dancing sessions, informative workshops, and fantasy fitness classes. Several gold poles complement deep-purple walls draped with mirrors and contemporary artwork, which visually explains how to untie limbs that get tangled around the poles. The studio packs its schedule with small, exotic fitness classes, ranging from basic pole dancing to stripping-inspired sessions—no nudity allowed—that teach dancers how to sexily peel back layers of fabric. Each routine helps to build solid core muscles and provides an energizing workout as students spiral, climb, and bend around beams. Though most classes are geared toward females, Vamps Dance does offer a handful of male-centric sessions, and the studio plans to introduce aerial classes in the future.