With its gleaming marble demonstration counter, wooden cabinets topped with carved grapevines, and overhead televisions, the teaching kitchen at Nothing To It! Culinary Center would look perfectly at home on a film set. Instead, it sets the stage for the school’s master chefs to share the secrets to baking a flaky, golden pie crust or simmering a fragrant Moroccan stew with more than 500 students each month. Under the helm of Culinary Director, Chef Lara Ritchie, a graduate of New England Culinary Institute in Essex, Vermont, expert gourmands constantly add new hands-on and demonstration classes to their already encyclopedic schedule. Budding Boyardees hoping for a comprehensive approach can take the eight-level techniques series, which starts with knife skills and finishes with advanced techniques such as rendering an emulsified aioli or soft-boiling an egg with telekinesis. Pupils interested in more specific, contained lessons join hot-topic sessions, which delve into gluten-free cooking or sausage making, or international classes that explore Lebanese cuisine’s spices or Spain’s rustic charcoal-fired meats. Over the holidays, the 6,000-square-foot center fills with apprentices who learn to craft seasonal edibles such as truffles or gingerbread houses.
Nothing To It! also feeds visitors feasts they don’t have to cook. Its Napa Valley–style Gourmet Deli layers sandwiches with lavish ingredients such as imported cambozola-cheese pesto and flavors salads with creamy curried-mango chutney.
As a new mother, Tanya Rose Bordner found herself suffering from the severe headaches, hormonal imbalances, and emotional lows that often accompany motherhood. She knew she needed to take better care of herself and decided to try Bikram yoga. Though skeptical at first, she found herself hooked after one class when she discovered that she felt better physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and she eventually decided to become a Bikram-yoga instructor.
Now, Tanya and her team of certified instructors—all of whom have trained for several hundred hours—strive to share the benefits that Tanya felt in that first class with others. Using two breathing exercises designed to circulate oxygenated blood, these instructors lead students through 26 postures that carve out toned muscles and pump up flexibility. The classes take place in a 105-degree room with a recently renovated rubber floor, and after each session, staff members encourage students to press an ice-cream cone or the provided frozen lavender towels against their heated brows.
European Fitness Center first opened it's doors in the 1960s, and at 7,500 square feet, was one of the first and most advanced fitness clubs of its kind in the area. Since then, it has grown to 25,000 square feet and continues to offer cutting-edge equipment and amenities to its members. That includes a cardio theater area with TV-equipped treadmills and ellipticals, as well as ample free weights and weight machines designed to tone and strengthen specific muscles, such as the biceps or eyelids. European Fitness Center even features a studio space with spring-loaded flooring, which helps minimize joint strain as instructors lead aerobics, cardio kickboxing, and yoga classes throughout the week.
The fitness center's amenities also include an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, and sauna for visitors looking to unwind after a workout. In the salon area, staff members are on-hand to provide hair and nail treatments or help guests adopt a sun-kissed complexion in one of six available tanning beds. And, since working out can work up an appetite, an onsite restaurant indulges members with a healthful assortment of snacks and smoothies for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Each one of Anytime Fitness’s 1,660 coed fitness clubs grant members 24-hour secured access to weight and cardio equipment and sessions of group fitness. The locations in Reno showcase exercise machines from manufacturers such as Precor, with treadmills and ellipticals sporting monitors for watching TV. The fitness emporium's staff of certified trainers lead group fitness classes or personal-training sessions customized to each exerciser’s ability and the moisture capacities of sweatbands. The staff is always friendly, making Anytime an inviting place to train.
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For an aspiring star, getting cast on a popular TV show such as The Suite Life on Deck or in a McDonald's commercial can be the break that starts a career. Many Take 2 Performers Studio students have landed these gigs after cultivating their skills during hands-on programs. Led by expert instructors fluent in show business, fledgling entertainers build confidence as they develop convincing accents, tackle a difficult aria, or create a signature runway walk for particularly dramatic entrances to biology class.