Gymnastics isn't all about tumbling and teleporting. It's also an important way for children and teens to build strength, flexibility, and self-confidence. The accomplished and caring instructors and coaches at Go For It USA recognize this, which is why they offer classes in a wide range of athletic arts and acrobatics for students of all ages. Of course, safety is paramount in gymnastics, and the 25,000-square-foot space is home to the highest grade of Olympic-style equipment. In-ground trampolines and a a rod floor help young gymnasts perfect their routines.
In some respects, Aliante Golf Club's 18-hole, par 72 course embodies everything you might expect from a Las Vegas desert course. The grizzled sands of an arroyo that comes into play on 14 holes. The sparse water hazards. The dazzling mountain views. But the layout also has the look of a course that, like a word processor that yearns for an acting career, refuses to be typecast. Contrary to the more open terrain common to most arid tracks, Aliante Golf Club stitches its fairways with pear and purple locust trees, which can be intimidating on holes such as the 2nd, a 472-yard par-four that all but requires an aggressive lash with a driver off the tee. As a reward for its unique character, the course has gained a host of award and accolades since it opened in 2003.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 7,022 yards from the tips * Course rating of 72.8 from the tips * Slope rating of 133 from the tips * Four tee options
Nestled within the gated Los Prados community in the northwest corner of the Las Vegas Valley, Los Prados Golf Course challenges golfers with a track of tight fairways and desert surroundings. Designed by course architect Jeff Hardin in 1987, the course was strategically sculpted to incorporate fast-moving greens and golf carts that shape-shift into jousting steeds.
Before each demanding round, players can practice chipping and putting into the facility's practice areas, and afterward, they can drop by the restaurant to feast on a menu of steak and seafood. Guests can also visit the pro shop to pick up a new glove or replace clubs that have signed a peace treaty with all golf balls.
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Tell the members of HKPK Las Vegas that it?s impossible to fly and they?ll prove you wrong. With 20,000 square feet of obstacles, a 16-foot ledge overlooking trampolines, and aerial silks that span the height of the immense facility, HKPK Las Vegas facilitates human flight. Its specialty is parkour, a style of movement that lets students traverse obstacles by running, flipping, and scaling barriers to find the most efficient route from point A to point B. To put extra spring in their steps, students can strap on velocity jumping stilts, or perform stunts on the professional spring floors.
Excel Defense Studios prepares students of all self-defensive stripes to kick, punch, or headlock their way to safety and better fitness in its state-of-the-art MMA training facility. Muay thai kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and E.D.S. CrossFit highlight a catalog of combat classes that fortify members with the techniques necessary to triumph over hostile fat cells and time-warped samurai. Professional course instructors—many with military or law-enforcement backgrounds—take advantage of a 5,500-square-foot studio's full gym, boxing center, and mat area to train fighters of all abilities and fitness levels. Would-be warriors can strengthen their skills or submit to hands-on headlock training in more than 50 intense MMA classes each week. An unlimited membership also grants customers access to an array of cardio machines and weight-training equipment, including Life Fitness and Hammer strength machines.
Though members should constantly check the forecast for tornado kicks and knuckle-punch lightning storms, Excel Defense Studios fosters a safe and non-intimidating environment for all age groups and skill levels. Parents and their children are encouraged to sign up together, as families often use the 300-square-foot MMA training cage to settle tree-trimming disputes with the neighbors.
Divers as young as 10 years old can discover the life of a flippered amphibian in a Discover Scuba class ($65) at Scuba Views. During the three-hour introductory class, one of the PADI-certified instructors will guide you from land-based preparations through exploring the aqueous abyss within the safety and confines of a pool. All the necessary equipment will be provided, along with safety tips, diving techniques, and equipment-handling skills to help you navigate the balmy waters. Lessons are year round, and because there is no minimum number of students required for classes, Scuba Views will accommodate your schedule any day except Tuesday, the Scuba Sabbath day of rest.