Though most kids dream of one day being a pilot, very few ever get a chance behind the cockpit. The team at American Flyers seeks to change that by training students to obtain a pilot’s license or merely try out their skills in an introductory lesson. The flight schools’ numerous locations feature flight-training software, online courses, and pigeon mentors to grant students numerous ways to learn how to fly.
Frills equal distractions when it comes to working out. That's according to the certified trainers who own CrossFit Hardcore North, a member of the gym family named the sixth-best in America by The Active Times. That's why none of their classes involve fancy treadmills, designer rubber bands, or high heels. Instead, classes feature trainers such as Dr. Adam Locker leads students through group classes and personal-training sessions, and seasoned coaches who oversee each participant, monitoring progress as they deliver safety tips and words of encouragement.
Gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises such as handstands and muscle-ups build lean muscle mass, and plyometrics foster agility and stamina. Many sessions also incorporate running or rowing to raise heart rates and melt calories. In addition to sculpting lean muscle, kettlebell training cultivates flexibility with focused squats and swinging motions. Instructors also instill in their clients the CrossFit style with functional movements that aim to boost strength, power, and coordination.
Workouts take place in warehouses and other spartan spaces that embody a cultivated lack of the bells and whistles that often masquerade as fitness essentials. Here, basic tools such as kettlebells, jump ropes, and weighted sleds get the job done for a wide range of exercisers, from absolute beginners to advanced athletes.
Pompano Fitness’ 33,000-square foot fitness center encompasses everything members need to complete a challenging workout—from Hammer Strength machines to free weights, elliptical machines, and Stair Masters. Certified group fitness instructors lead classes in yoga, circuit training, and Zumba, and clients will find they don’t have to wait long, if ever, for machines, since there’s a dizzying fleet of treadmills and bikes lined up in rows. A staff of certified personal trainers offers customized workouts and nutritional counseling to members, answering fitness questions and counting abs au gratis on the floor as well.
Specializing in molecular mixology, the drink-makers of Best Bartenders craft rarefied cocktails with the precision of chemists, creating unique concoctions with flavored ice, syrup infusions, and alcohol-filled foams. The team steps up to parties large and small, working together with hosts to create a list of appropriate drinks, from mojitos made with fresh mint to free-standing orbs of cold cosmopolitan. Those looking to unearth the secrets behind the craft can enroll in classes, learning how to make their own drinks instead of just throwing random ingredients in a bowl and calling it "FuN pUnCh".
Athletic Factor Gym & Fitness Center's 20,000-square foot interior is a fitness-fanatic's paradise. Here, visitors can leisurely pump free weights or climb aboard the expanse of professional cardio machines. Meanwhile, ample studio space hosts martial arts classes, still leaving enough room for guests to exercise with their personal trainer. Between sweat sessions, visitors can replenish electrolytes or power up with protein smoothies at the juice bar, which is stocked with an array of shakes, energy drinks, and healthy snacks.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.