At XPAC Fitness Center, even the bright-red walls are motivating. Inside those walls, a variety of equipment adorns the studio, and expert coaches use their extensive exercise education and experience to encourage students to try new athletics goals. They lead small groups through classes that include intense Cardio Boxing Boot Camp and Calisthenics on Fire, which uses body weight to engage various muscle groups.
Lots of kids start their own lawn-mowing business to earn extra cash. For 12-year-old Ryan Fellows, every neighbor's yard he cut put him closer to buying a shotgun so he could go hunting with his cousins, uncles, and grandfather. As the outdoorsy young man continued hunting, he also dabbled in competitive rifle shooting with his high school's JROTC team. Combining his advanced marksmanship skills with his love of martial arts, Ryan went on to earn multiple training certifications—awarded from institutions such as the state, NRA, and Glock—and applied them toward his own training business, as well as his post of director of US operations for SAFE International.
A self-professed "epitome of an entrepreneur," he also works as a professional photographer. His portfolio is loaded with sports-action shots and portraits of celebrities such as Luciano Pavarotti and Jamie Lee Curtis looking as contemplative and approachable as less-famous people.
In addition to classroom sessions, ABQ Fast trains at local indoor and outdoor ranges, such as Albuquerque city range and Los Lunas's outdoor shooting range.
The instructor can supply firearms, ear protection, and eye protection.
It's never too late to learn something new. ABQ Fast's founder Edward Boysel knows this firsthand. At the age of 46, he decided to purchase a handgun and thoroughly study its use. He started shooting targets as a hobby, and after mastering his own skills, he became an NRA-certified CCW instructor. His classes?specifically their accessibility to women?were even featured on the local news.
The Instituto Cervantes, founded in 1991 by the Spanish government to facilitate a better understanding of Spanish and Latin American culture, offers online classes that build fluency and increase familiarity with the diverse Spanish-speaking world. Their language tutorials range from introductory lessons to advanced literature courses, which immerse fluent speakers in notable Spanish texts and let authorial ghosts reminisce on how awesome their writing was. The Instituto Cervantes also hosts regular cultural events, such as Hispanophone movies, concerts, and art displays.
As both a massage school and clinic, Abaton Center of Healing Arts aims to enlighten not only students, but also those who seek to treat and prevent injury through the restorative power of massage. Collectively, the team of therapists and instructors have more than 50 years of experience under their belts. Rooted in the belief that massage is truly an art form, they offer a variety of modalities to help eliminate ailments ranging from everyday stress and tension to fibromyalgia and chronic back pain.
At the Santa Fe School of Cooking, students master the craft of cooking under a team of experienced, James Beard Award-winning chefs from a diverse range of culinary backgrounds, including training in Native American, French, New Mexican, and northern Italian cuisine. Through private events, demonstrations, and hands-on group classes, pupils learn how to create mouthwatering regional and international meals in their own kitchens. When not in class, an attached market offers a variety of cookware, cookbooks, and other products available for purchase.