Endurance Trainer fosters the core-crunching, shoulder-sculpting athletics of pole dancing through instructor Laura Wiggins, an AFAA-certified personal trainer. In Intro to Pole, all-female apprentices acquire essential pole techniques, including a basic spin, a level-one climb, and a top-secret antigravity booster. Intro classes also include mellifluous dance transitions and more traditional floor-based choreography. Laura limits twirling trainees to four to ensure plenty of space and personal guidance. The studio’s wood-shuttered windows and no-observers policy ensure privacy, and also prevent interruptions from any lost firemen trying to slide down to waiting engines. Endurance Trainer recommends that new pole-pivoters bring a yoga mat and bottled water, eschew lotions and oils, and wear comfortable, leg-baring workout gear to best achieve gyroscopic suspension.
CoreVibes Studio is the River Region's only fully equipped Pilates Studio, Alabama's only certified Gyrotonic studio, and the state's only authorized Power Plate Training Center. Highly certified instructors offer the best training in the River Region area!
The Montgomery Zoo houses more than 500 animals from five continents, including endangered species such as the Indian rhino, the slender-horned gazelle, and the jaguar. Explore more than 40 acres of landscaped, barrier-free habitats chock full of elephants and monkeys, and stop to feed otters, koi, and giraffes, who happily lap up treats from visitors as part of the zoo's Animal Encounters feature ($0.50–$2.00 for feed, not included in the Groupon). The aviary features birds flying about uncaged, taking instructions from loud-mouthed children, and the pedal-boat ride provides a 30-minute float on Crystal Lake.
Voted the Best Place to Shoot Pool in a Montgomery Advertiser poll, Déjà Vu boasts high-end Diamond pool tables and a fully-stocked bar and kitchen. This entertainment emporium gives adults 21 and older oodles of options for late night mischief, including time-honored hand-eye coordination challenges such as darts, and rousing exercises in public embarrassment such as karaoke, a favorite of shame-gobbling shame goblins. Billiards tables host everything from friendly games to competitive league tournaments ($5 per hour), while those who delight in the thrill of slightly spirited competition can try their hand at game show-inspired events like Déjà Vu's homage to Minute to Win It, a jaw-dropping showcase of otherwise useless talents. More laid-back entertainment takes a seat at the comprehensive digital jukebox, flat-screen TVs, and full-service kitchen, offering pub favorites such as spicy hot wings ($6.75), loaded potato skins ($6.25), and the hamburger with Angus beef ($6.75). The bar serves up hard liquor and mixed drinks ($3.50–$6.75), and draft and bottled beers ($2.75–$3.25), with cut-rate happy hour prices and rotating daily specials ensuring even the shiest patron can afford to sop up enough suds to inspire cruise-director levels of friendliness.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes sports classes, school skills classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows tots to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if a class is missed. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open-gym sessions. Check the schedule to find the time that best suits you and your tyke.
Experienced photo gurus Doug Box and Randy Kerr impart practical photo skills to curious shutterbugs during engaging seminars that have appeared across the States and in eight countries abroad. Doug Box, author of myriad photography-technique books, is one of 13 Kodak mentors and is the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His co-teacher, Randy Kerr, heads World Photographic, which uses photography as a vehicle for illuminating humanitarian and environmental topics. Both men have been teaching photography classes for years and help amateurs take photos that capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings.