Skyview Aviation's pod of professional pilots takes the helm to ready aspiring stratospherians for flight. The 30-minute introductory flight puts you in a safe and reliable Cessna aircraft, in which a trained instructor will familiarize you with the airport, the aircraft, and the instruments and controls the pilot must manage, all while preventing you from pulling off all your favorite Red Baron maneuvers. While the instructor will take care of the more difficult parts, such as takeoff and landing, the lesson allows you to briefly take control of the plane. For the six months following touchdown, trainees will enjoy a free subscription to Flight Training magazine, a paperback repository of aviatorial tips, tricks, and migration patterns.
Co-founder Gillian Clark's been teaching since 1987 and is certified as both an instructor and personal trainer through ACE, AFAA, and Cal State Hayward. After developing the Yoga Booty Ballet at Crunch, Clark and partner Teigh McDonough (a trained instructor, trainer, dancer, choreographer, actress, and movement director for more than 20 years) created the boutique body-shop Swerve.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
In 2014, Curves partnered with celebrity fitness expert Jillian Michaels to design a new take on its traditional circuit. These workouts incorporate functional bodyweight exercises?each with modifications?into the existing sequence, providing a slightly more intense gym experience intended to jump-start metabolisms while still forging lean, toned muscles.
World Gym maintains its 35-year legacy of body-sculpting know-how at its various globe-spanning locations, jump-starting workout routines with cardio equipment, free weights, and more than 50 weekly exercise classes. Taught by certified trainers, typical classes range from yoga to spin to calorie-torching Zumba dance parties. At most locations, after working out, exercisers can relax in saunas that vaporize stress with misty heat, or submit their backs to certified massage therapist. Many of the gyms cater to families, too, with colorful childcare centers that keep youngsters entertained and supervised during parental workouts.