For decades, American Bartenders School has helped aspiring spirit spreaders to develop steady hands, sure eyes for measurement, and an encyclopedic drink-formula knowledge. All of the school's classes cover basic mixing, garnishing, layering, and glassware selection in a realistic bar setting, complete with animatronic bar regulars debating whether Woody Allen is currently the president of Azerbaijan. Students gain access to a book of recipes for shooters, including cosmos, lemon drops, and jelly beans; learn how to make frozen specialties and hot toddies; and discover how to cure hangovers and hiccups. For the 12-hour bartending-certification course, graduation sessions are held where the instructors offer helpful tips on how to get hired as a bartender, before returning home with a mixology certificate, professional resumé, and the ability to set up and stock their own home bars, all of which make a classy addition to living rooms, lounges, and butler traps.
Gold's Gym's amiable staff oversee an army of fitness amenities well equipped to spice up tedious workouts. Cardio equipment and resistance machines work together to burn calories, tone muscles, and tag-team unwitting video-game bosses. For human camaraderie, group fitness classes corral exercisers into sessions that deploy styles such as Pilates ($4/session), GroupCycling ($3/session), and Zumba (no extra charge). Add variety with an intense hour of BodyCombat (no extra charge), which torches calories with martial-arts fighting moves, or BodyPump (no extra charge), which wields weighted devices such as barbells and prize pumpkins to build lean muscle.
The lithe instructors at Bikram Yoga University Village guide students through famed yogi Bikram Choudhury's 26 poses and two breathing exercises within a balmy, spa-like studio. During 90-minute routines, thermometers in the CO2-controlled room hit 105 degrees Fahrenheit with 40% humidity and a 0% chance of rain to aid in stretching and in the body's detox potential. The studio's slip-resistant carpet keeps poses firmly intact, and UV lighting helps repel bacteria and class-disrupting vampires. During classes, floor-length mirrors help students perfect their poses, and the facility's well-maintained locker rooms wash away one's hard-earned sweat afterward.
With its talented team of muscle molders, Next Level uses a variety of fitness techniques to tailor slimmer silhouettes in one-on-one sessions. Using the tactics from several different training methods, personal-strength sherpas combine body-busting workouts with nutrition knowledge to create a personalized conditioning system designed to help both pro athletes and fledgling iron pumpers. The modest gym houses rows of barbells, as well as a collection of strength and stretching equipment, to fuel fat-eradicating workouts.
Each one-hour session is completely customized to the client's goals, whether they're seeking to shed weight, build brawn, or arm-wrestle a rhinoceros.