Team In Training's certified coaches provide nutritional and fitness advice to help participants meet their physical goals, and they welcome experienced athletes and green-but-determined terrapins alike. The program adopts a double-pronged training method incorporating personal attention from coaches with a daily training schedule and weekly group sessions. Participants also receive travel to and accommodation at their selected event.
Perched in the bustling Warehouse District near the Mississippi, The Sugar Mill beckons myriad acts and entertainment to its sprawling event center. Corporate conventions, elegant weddings, and music festivals can each take over the space, which boasts a 22,000 square-foot main floor and a 15,000 square-foot outdoor courtyard where local squirrels can toast to the lucky couple or boogie along to live music.
During indoor and outdoor events, up to 10 guests clamber into Photo-To-Geaux’s high-tech photo booths to pose and mug for the camera. Booths come equipped with LED lighting, a 20-inch touchscreen monitor, and an adapter for iPods. Guests can also don Viking helmets and parasols grabbed from the provided box of props while making HD videos in booths. To ensure smooth operating, an onsite attendant stands by to assist and answer questions.
Colonial Golf and Country Club’s 18-hole course takes duffers careening through a traditional layout of short-grass corridors sculpted precariously through towering oak trees. The Mississippi River runs along the course’s southernmost end, supplying a bucolic vibe and an old-fashioned escape route should golfers run afoul of any territorial flagsticks. The twiggy arms of mature oaks coalesce with tight fairways and strategically placed bunkers to place a high premium on precision over power. Players who masterfully bisect each fairway off the tee must still contend with tricky second and third shots into the course’s relatively small, undulating greens, which make for challenging targets to reach in regulation and tricky tapestries to two-putt at will. Scenic water hazards round out the course’s coterie of orb-ensnaring impediments, and a friendly rental cart or two will help keep clubbers dry while proffering incisive commentary about the universally strained relations between carts and caddies.
When players don their vests, squeeze the handle of their glowing pistol, and enter Laser Tag of Metairie’s neon-lit arena for the first time, one thing is clear: this place does not take laser tag lightly. Capable of hosting up to 44 players at once, the multi-level, futuristic battlefield sets combatants loose among ramps, tight corners, and shadowy corridors ideal for ambushing adversaries or learning to knit in the dark. Each game lasts seven minutes, and the arena’s officials keep a quick pace, making sure when one battle ends, another will soon begin.
The clatter of skee-ball machines drifts from the center’s arcade, mingling with strings of notes from Guitar Hero and sounds from other games. Each machine is equipped with a swipe-card system that tracks players’ credits electronically so they no longer have to measure their self-worth by how many tokens are in their pockets. In addition, guests can test their steering skills in the Spin Zone, a bumper-car area with one quite literal twist: there are two zones on the track that will send cars into a tailspin if drivers attempt to pass over them or park on them to exchange insurance information.