Strong Hold Climbing Gym at Hester's Family Fitness beckons to rock clingers of all skill levels with more than 4,000 square feet of top-rope routes, bouldering, and peerless climbing classes. With padded floors throughout, Strong Hold's crew of climbers can scale the multicolored routes with no fear of hard falls, and Strong Hold equips each climber with the harness, shoes, and cliff-badger bait necessary for topping its walls. Introductory classes, taught by master stone whisperers, cover the basics of rope work, proper knots, and the techniques required for pulling on slopers or crimps.
CiCi's Pizza fills appetite tanks of all sizes with a buffet menu of endless Italian eats ($4.99/person). Tomato sauce and whole-milk mozzarella decorate each pizza's made-from-scratch crust, while troupes of toppings, such as ham and pineapple, pepperoni and jalapeño, or buffalo chicken and horned prairie mushroom, crown the pie in combinations more classic than funyun binges and shame. Servings of pastas bathe in hearty marinara sauce, while three signature hand-tossed salads complement the full, fresh salad bar. Seal the meal with a slice of apple pizza, a frosted cinnamon roll, or enough warm brownies to build a to-scale model of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
When Louisville Lens Photography’s photographers arrive at clients’ homes or at such outdoor locales as Cherokee Park and Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, they start each session with all of their camera equipment tucked inside their carrying cases. They do this so that they can get to know their clients and make them feel as comfortable as possible. After engaging in friendly conversation or playing a handful of children’s games, the photography pros begin snapping photos designed to capture the subject’s true personality. Their most popular sessions feature kids, parents-to-be, seniors, couples in love, and couples idly perusing a takeout menu. The staff also leads photography workshops for novice photographers that take place outdoors, showing students how to light and compose artistic shots.
Infinite Bliss offers classes for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students, all based upon the kula, or chosen community of the heart, with Anusura—inspired techniques that connect body and spirit. Its Hatha-based yoga flow combines yoga asanas (postures) with breathing techniques to form introspective, individual-centered 75-minute exercise sessions, with special prenatal and Baby Bliss classes for expecting and accurately predictive mothers. Yoga beginners and students new to Infinite Bliss can arrive early or call to speak with an instructor for guidance on which classes to attend.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Founded in 1974, Yoga East has spent nearly four decades guiding visitors along the path to mental serenity and physical wellness. The nonprofit educational organization holds more than 75 classes a week at three Louisville studios, inviting guests of all fitness backgrounds to flow through the tableaux of multiple yoga disciplines. Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and gentle yoga cull tension from muscles and foster flexibility. Classes can accommodate skill levels from gentle to advanced by modifying maneuvers and demanding that the tree and mountain poses be performed atop their namesakes.
Each Yoga East instructor has earned certification from Yoga Alliance. Their collective expertise enables the studios to offer teacher training as well as workshops, community events, and additional fitness courses, such as Pilates.