A sports-performance facility for athletes of all skill levels, Trident Athletics enlists an expert staff to build results-oriented workouts using exercise physiology know-how and clients' fitness goals. Fitness assessments that include movement screenings, body-composition analyses, BioSignature Modulation evaluations, and baton-twirling recitals guide each client's journey by establishing a baseline for measuring progress. The trainer also analyzes the client's eating habits and other lifestyle factors to craft a wellness plan that corrects weakness by marshalling existing strengths. Finally, trainers construct workout blueprints that feature exercises to boost muscle, energy, and the metabolism's power to change TV channels. CrossFit classes, which are inspired by Olympic lifting and gymnastics, bolster physiques with scalable barbell moves, bodyweight exercises, and stamina-building plyometrics. Consult the class schedule for dates and times.
Bathed in the intense light of its blazing furnaces, the industrial brick walls and naked concrete floors of the hot shop at Area 253 Glassblowing belie the delicacy and beauty of their creations. Experienced artisans instruct students of all skill levels, manipulating glowing gobs of molten glass on the ends of rods to produce floating balls, bowls, and decorative shards. Pointed blue-tip flame-working torches coax glass into shiny beads and borosilicate into baubles such as pendants and swizzle sticks. The shop also rents out its amenities for visiting artists, including furnaces, torches, and garage space.
At Hot Yoga at the Edge, experienced instructors lead daily yoga classes in a studio heated to 105 degrees to promote deeper stretches and toxin-flushing sweats. Regardless of the instructor, each 90-minute Hatha-yoga session follows the same slow, meditative sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises, helping students to build strength, balance, and stamina as they stretch out on the studio’s hardwood floor. Alternatively, one-hour fusion classes combine the Hatha poses with a faster-paced Vinyasa flow, and the occasional Teacher's Choice session integrates traditional yoga with a quiz on state capitals.
Imagine a lifestyle in which you park a Ferrari at a private-boat slip, slide onto a custom yacht, and ferry it across a waterway to a private island hosting a 20-room mansion modeled after an Italian villa. Though this may sound like a dream only attainable by the mega rich or an heir to a chocolate-fountain fortune, Imagine Lifestyles facilitates such lavish accommodations with a cavalry of luxury vehicles, vacation homes, and yacht charters. They specialize in auto rentals, entrusting cars from brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Porsche, and BMW to drivers for as short as a half day or as long as several weeks. To shield these pristine and rare rides from the elements, they also deal in luxury-vacation-home rentals, ranging from beach mansions in Miami to chic lofts and high-rise penthouses. The service also charters air and sea transportation, including jets of all sizes and yachts for all occasions.
Vision Quest Sport and Fitness promotes a five-pronged approach to fitness, covering cardiovascular, progressive resistance, proper diet, supplementation, and personal training. Like any decent clock factory, the clubs are open 24 hours a day, and each keeps its own schedule primed with group classes such as boxing, yoga, spinning, and hip-hop fitness. Body Sculpt sessions fashion forms with weights and bands, and Total Body Conditioning uses lighter weights and higher repetitions to create lean, mean muscle mass.
Members take part in complimentary wellness seminars from fitness experts to fine-tune their bodies, and teams of affiliated massage therapists, chiropractors, and nutrition gurus save skeletons and muscles from harmful injury.
An extension of the Tacoma Bar Academy, the Bartending Academy of Mill Creek has educated students in the finer points of bartending and mixology for more than 35 years. Classes include a 40-hour bartending-certification program, which prepares aspiring tenders to take their place in the drink-slinging industry with lessons in bar etiquette, drink-making techniques, and more than 150 cocktail recipes. The professional classroom setup echoes that of an actual bar, allowing students to get a feel for each element’s proper place, from the sliced fruit and soda guns to the emergency manual that outlines exactly what to do should a horse, duck, and pirate walk in.
An eternal student, T-Town founder Kelly Edmonston has been studying jazz, Lindy Hop, and blues dancing for the last 12 years. Harnessing her enthusiasm, she now shares the joy she’s experienced through dance with students in a fun, no-pressure setting. Joined by fellow dancer and musician Kevin Buster, she delves into the Lindy Hop style—which reigned as the king of swing dancing in the 1930s and ‘40s, made popular by King Kong’s light-footed steps atop the Empire State Building—along with other throwback-dance styles. Their weekly lessons are always followed by a social dance backed by a rotating cast of live DJs churning out swing beats.