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.
As one of the largest ballroom-dance studios in Kentucky, All That Dance is home to more than just ballroom—Latin, swing, Zumba, and belly dancing are all part of the schedule's multitudinous monthly classes. Each class takes place on the enormous dance floor and is led by a professional dance teacher with years of experience turning timid meerkat-steppers into bold fox-trotters. Dancers of all ages and skill levels are welcome, making the studio as all-inclusive as a convention for carbon-based life forms.
An 18-hole, par 72 golf course undulates across the grounds of Glenmary Country Club. The front nine showcase picturesque holes six and seven, both par 4 and nestled into woods with lush foliage framing each fairway like a leafy, squirrel-infested beard. With a large water hazard guarding the 12th hole, golfers aim to vault their shots over the water and onto the green using a 9-iron, wedge, or T-shirt cannon. Before hitting the links, warm up short games at the course's pitching and putting greens or at one of its two outdoor bays for driving.
Derby City Mixed Martial Arts, featured on ESPN as a cross-training haven for Kentucky Derby jockeys, coaches both beginners and competitive fighters. Expert instructors showcase such MMA schools as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which teaches leveraging holds to best bigger opponents, and muay thai kickboxing, deemed The Science of Eight Limbs after its signature move of throwing a tarantula at an opponent's face. Classes on agility, cardio conditioning, boxing, and wrestling round off the roster, and open sparring times let practitioners hone their fist- and footwork.
The talented instructors at FlamencoTalk instruct students in the basic vocabulary, steps, and execution of flamenco, a passionate style of dance that originated in the Andalusia region of Spain. Experienced instructor and performer Mariya Tarakanova encourages all levels of leg-shakers to strap on a pair of sturdy shoes with chunky heels, a well-fitted shirt, and comfortable pants and pick a session of four classes for undulating in this relaxed, fun-spirited learning environment. No partner is necessary, opening up dancers to meet their future Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, or Gilbert Gottfried amid arm sweeps and foot stomps. The classes may be attended in non-sequential order, and the $25 registration fee is waived for Groupon users.
Golf combines the complex intermingling of physics and coordination to a level no exoskeleton-toting evil genius has been able to harness at his underground volcano lair. Designed by renowned golf-course architect David Pfaff, Quail Chase Golf Course boasts a picturesque terrain spotted with lush trees, kempt greens, and pop-out shooting-range targets. As Louisville’s only 27-hole championship regulation course, Quail Chase challenges golfers with water hazards, sculpted white-sand bunkers, and an expertly planned layout devoted to elevating the level of play.