The 4,000 square feet of climbing space at Vertical Adventures encompasses terrain for top roping, bouldering, and lead climbing under the watchful supervision of a trained staff. The gym challenges wall scramblers to test both their physical endurance and problem-solving skills as they take on the top-rope courses, which represent the majority of the routes and tower as high as 25 feet. Rather than let new patrons become overwhelmed by the variety of courses or get stranded at the top without reading material, the gym’s instructors also conduct lessons for all climbing levels to help climbers improve technique and conquer fears.
Behind a real bar, the instructors at Toledo Bartending School mix cocktails with finesse and expertise, running through barroom staples and cutting-edge recipes as students look on in bewildered anticipation. After the lectures and demonstrations, the metaphorical table turns, and students man the bar to master the skills necessary to serve drinks professionally. This is the regular scene during the school's 32-hour bartending course, a professional-caliber program that covers everything potential mixologists will need to know to sling drinks in the wild.
The course breaks down the ingredients of 75 specialty drinks and cocktails—including manhattans and martinis—as well as beer and wine information, customer-service techniques, and responsible alcohol service. The school also adheres to the Anheuser-Busch Beertender and Guinness Perfect Pour training programs. The program can be completed in four weeks, with weekend classes to accommodate schedules that are busier than a fireworks salesman on Woodrow Wilson’s birthday. Upon completion of the course, students can take advantage of Toledo Bartending School's job-placement program, which has landed students employment at venues such as Ritz Carlton hotels and resorts, McCormick & Schmick's, and Embassy Suites.
Gary Hopkins can divide his mid-20s in two parts: the time before he discovered self-healing, and the time after he discovered self-healing. Before, overwhelming stress and overworking caused him to suffer from anxiety, insomnia, spinal misalignments, and gout. Then, he started meditating, practicing tai chi and energy healing, and taking natural supplements. Not only did these practices help remedy his ailments, but they also led him to a new career as an intuitive healer. Continuing these studies into his 30s, he added such holistic healing methods as Thai massage and reflexology to his regimen.
For more than 10 years, he’s shared his knowledge through a private practice and at Light Path Discovery Center. He is dedicated to helping others conquer physical, psychological, and emotional issues with carefully honed skills and several bodywork methods he developed on his own. For those unable to visit him personally, Gary has penned two books— The Master Within and Axiatonal Integration —that guide readers as they attempt to unlock their happiness, which is usually kept in a safe and buried under their childhood home.
Lead trainer Russ Wakefield draws upon his decades of experience in the fitness industry and the use of carefully calibrated exercise regimens to help his customers tailor their physiques precisely and effectively. His personal-training techniques utilize the gradual lifting practices of the slow-cadence method to safely and steadily build lean muscle and ready clients for more advanced strength training, such as stealing a piano without anyone noticing. Each weekly 20-minute session is tailored to each iron pumper's specific needs, with an array of Nautilis, MedX, and other exercise machines reporting for nonsentient duty. In addition to fine-tuning fibers and incinerating fat, metabolic-rate testing is available to zero in on the calorie-crunching capabilities of the body, forming a fitness strategy built around the body chemistry and aerodynamics of each customer's mortal coil and immortal online avatar.
For more than a quarter-century, the tutors at U-Learn Academy have been boosting the collective IQ of their community without contaminating the town reservoir with superfoods. New students complete a diagnostic exam, which places them at the right level of performance, and then they dive into academics with their tutor. Instructors customize tutoring sessions to meet students' individual needs, including learning disabilities. Content ranges from test-taking techniques for college entrance exams to basic math and spelling.