Although Laurel Hill Swim & Tennis Club has amassed a high concentration of USPTA-certified instructors, they share their expertise with more than just professional players. Tennis 101 classes taught on both indoor and outdoor courts, impart beginners with the fundamentals of forehands, backhands, and net play and cardio tennis develops proper footwork while vanquishing calories. Serious competitors and novice players alike benefit from the Club’s variety of surface types. Four synthetic grass courts simulate the grassy grounds at the Wimbledon and har-tru courts replicate courts used during the French Open and hard surfaces replicate courts used at the U.S. and Australian Opens.
Older than the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, older than the Toledo Opera, and older even than the expression "As old as the Toledo Ballet," the Toledo Ballet has been a landmark on the city's cultural landscape since 1939. For over 75 years, they have been presenting dance performances and training the next generation of ballerinas at their on-site school. They'll gladly put on contemporary works such as 2008's Outside the Lines, but they also stick to tradition?in fact, their annual holiday show is the oldest continuously running production of The Nutcracker in the country.
The all-ages, daylong festival rocks to the rhythms of more than 50 northwestern-Ohio bands, solo artists, and DJs spanning three stages. Every genre of popular tunes gets its showcase, from hip-hop to law rock to swing metal. Hobo Stew, an indie pop-punk band from Liberty Center, powers through three-chord head-nodders like “This Will Bite You.” For a heavier sound, check out Archibold metalheads Dethrats, who keep things black with propulsive kickdrums, growling vocals, and sacrificial muppets on “End of Days.” Toledo hip-hop artist Raine Wilder carries the torch of Ohio rap with “I Came for You” and other bursts of percussive rhyme. Headliners can lubricate cheering tubes with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or fuel crowd-surfing muscles with hamburgers, hot dogs, and other BBQ fare.
The Toledo Symphony is entering its 67th season of brilliant brain tickling (via the ear), with expectations to reach nearly 300,000 listeners over the course of 400 diverse performances. The permanent orchestra consists of approximately 80 professional musicians, though extra musicians are regularly enlisted to garnish the sound and retrieve coffee during extremely long rests with bolded fermatas.
Personal trainer Vince Ceniceros was at a crossroads in his life: ?I was rehabbing houses at the time and it was either keep rehabbing houses or try to open a business,? he told the Toledo Blade. Staying true to his risk-taking nature, he took a chance and it paid off with the debut of Extreme Results by Vince. His once 1,700-square-foot space has now blossomed into a 8,200-square-foot gym with the addition of the Extreme Cardio Center, which hosts spin, TurboKick, and TRX classes.
Ceniceros?s success lies in his effective fitness method, a mix of cardio, strength, and muscle work that not only boosts patrons? stamina, but also helps them shed weight. His workouts pull techniques from muay thai, boxing, isometrics, and other approaches to allow students to work within their individual fitness levels. Some of his signature moves include the Sugar Cookie pushup jump?a combo that?s anything but sweet?and the Mountain Climber, which challenges exercisers to lean on their fists in a plank position and ascend an imaginary peak while fending off hungry mountain goats.