Derby City Mixed Martial Arts, featured on ESPN as a cross-training haven for Kentucky Derby jockeys, coaches both beginners and competitive fighters. Expert instructors showcase such MMA schools as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which teaches leveraging holds to best bigger opponents, and muay thai kickboxing, deemed The Science of Eight Limbs after its signature move of throwing a tarantula at an opponent's face. Classes on agility, cardio conditioning, boxing, and wrestling round off the roster, and open sparring times let practitioners hone their fist- and footwork.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
When Louisville Lens Photography’s photographers arrive at clients’ homes or at such outdoor locales as Cherokee Park and Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, they start each session with all of their camera equipment tucked inside their carrying cases. They do this so that they can get to know their clients and make them feel as comfortable as possible. After engaging in friendly conversation or playing a handful of children’s games, the photography pros begin snapping photos designed to capture the subject’s true personality. Their most popular sessions feature kids, parents-to-be, seniors, couples in love, and couples idly perusing a takeout menu. The staff also leads photography workshops for novice photographers that take place outdoors, showing students how to light and compose artistic shots.
CiCi's Pizza fills appetite tanks of all sizes with a buffet menu of endless Italian eats ($4.99/person). Tomato sauce and whole-milk mozzarella decorate each pizza's made-from-scratch crust, while troupes of toppings, such as ham and pineapple, pepperoni and jalapeño, or buffalo chicken and horned prairie mushroom, crown the pie in combinations more classic than funyun binges and shame. Servings of pastas bathe in hearty marinara sauce, while three signature hand-tossed salads complement the full, fresh salad bar. Seal the meal with a slice of apple pizza, a frosted cinnamon roll, or enough warm brownies to build a to-scale model of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Infinite Bliss offers classes for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students, all based upon the kula, or chosen community of the heart, with Anusura—inspired techniques that connect body and spirit. Its Hatha-based yoga flow combines yoga asanas (postures) with breathing techniques to form introspective, individual-centered 75-minute exercise sessions, with special prenatal and Baby Bliss classes for expecting and accurately predictive mothers. Yoga beginners and students new to Infinite Bliss can arrive early or call to speak with an instructor for guidance on which classes to attend.
Founded in 1974, Yoga East has spent nearly four decades guiding visitors along the path to mental serenity and physical wellness. The nonprofit educational organization holds more than 75 classes a week at three Louisville studios, inviting guests of all fitness backgrounds to flow through the tableaux of multiple yoga disciplines. Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and gentle yoga cull tension from muscles and foster flexibility. Classes can accommodate skill levels from gentle to advanced by modifying maneuvers and demanding that the tree and mountain poses be performed atop their namesakes.
Each Yoga East instructor has earned certification from Yoga Alliance. Their collective expertise enables the studios to offer teacher training as well as workshops, community events, and additional fitness courses, such as Pilates.