The crowd's roar flooded the streets of Chicago as Darcy Zenker crossed the finish line of her first marathon, clocking in at 3:35. After she had been running for years—placing among the top finishers at four half-marathons and competing on the Southern Illinois University track team—she decided she needed a break. She then immersed herself in a new athletic pursuit—group fitness instruction.
Three years later, she became the head trainer of her own boot-camp fitness program, NowFitness, where her years of athletic training and certification in fitness instruction shine through in her workouts. In parks throughout the local area, she and her staff of fellow trainers lead groups through high-intensity workouts that take advantage of their surroundings. She motivates patrons to scale stairs, do crunches on benches, and hoist planks across grassy fields. The trainers also offer a stroller-based boot camp for moms, in which participants blast through cardio and strength-training exercises that incorporate their stroller with baby or a watermelon they've dressed up to look like a baby in tow. In addition to hosting classes, NowFitness pairs patrons with certified lifestyle and weight-management coach Amanda Bickel for a comprehensive five-week nutrition program.
Improv Trick's goal is to make Improv more accessible. Yes, you can learn how! It's a lot of fun and even if you never want to perform improv, you'll learn memory tricks, teamwork skills, and confidence-building techniques used by professional improvisers.
At Bumbershoot Aerial Arts, instructors guide students through a wide array of suspended workouts, from strengthening trapeze-and-silks classes to ones where pupils use hoops, ropes, or even chains to lift them off the ground. After -spending hours exercising in midair, students can train to be on the next mission to outer space, or stay in this atmosphere and gain the upper-body strength required to be a successful aerial artist.
Brew in the Lou is for more than just beer aficionados?the four-hour festival fills Concordia Seminary's Koburg Hall with handcrafted spirits, wine, coffee, and gourmet foods, too. A fundraiser that benefits the Lutheran Elementary School Association, Brew in the Lou will include sips and bites from more than 40 vendors. Guests can also have unlimited refills in a Brew in the Lou commemorative glass while sampling stouts and ales from large national breweries such as Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and Goose Island Beer Co., whose "forward-thinking" new brewer recently spoke with the Groupon Guide. Or, they can keep things local with sips of local suds from Morgan Street Brewery, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Heavy Riff Brewing Company, Excel Brewing, and other St. Louis standards. Stringbean Coffee and Ski Soda will also be offering their refreshments.
Official Brew in the Lou bratwurst from Swiss Meat & Sausage Co. and barbecue meats from BBQ ASAP and Gobble Stop Smokehouse will also be available to pair with drinks. Throughout the afternoon festival, attendees can also peruse crafts made by local artisans and enjoy music from Waterloo German Band.
Inside a 1,000-square-foot studio dedicated completely to boudoir shoots, an experienced photographer captures flirty portraits that show clients in their best light. Clients may choose from backdrops of gold sequins, sultry lace, polished marble, or classic brick?all complemented with the timeless look of 100-year-old wood floors. Plush bedding, a chaise lounge, and a romantic chandelier may also accentuate any shoot. During 90-minute sessions, members of the all-female staff help primp clients, outfitting them in an array of in-house clothing and shoes to complement any client's attire. Hair and makeup are included in all boudoir sessions, as is a gift card for Benton Park Cafe.