iFLY Hollywood’s state-of-the-art indoor wind tunnel lets acrophobic and aerophobic adrenaline junkies experience the sensations of skydiving under safe conditions. iFLY Hollywood will suit you up with a helmet, goggles, flight suit, earplugs, and a can of gravity repellent, before an instructor teaches you the basic maneuvers and hand signals. Once you've learned a lesson, you'll be unleashed into the vertical tunnel’s artificial wind current for some air time at terminal velocity. The entire process lasts about an hour, including waiver signing (flyers under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign), a 15-minute class, and a flight slot during which your group takes turns flying. In addition to the flight experience, the multimedia package includes a DVD with a recording of your flight.
Indoor skydiving is accessible to a wide, family-friendly age range, meaning that Grandma and Grandpa can celebrate their 60th anniversary with more than the traditional cake shaped like Andy Griffith. iFLY Hollywood’s free observation deck allows for maximum show-offiness, so invite along an audience of hard-to-impress friends, lovers, and butlers to marvel at your simulated plummet through the heavens.
Pilates instructor and Metabella Living founder Natalie Pierre has assembled a body-boosting coalition of health-promoting classes ranging from personal training to cooking. In Metabella Living's eco-friendly studio, visitors can grow taller and wiser in Pierre's Pilates courses, revive laggard lungs in cardio-focused personal training sessions, satiate needle-starved faces with acupuncture attention, or take cooking classes with a rotating roster of chefs. All courses are taught by professional instructors and kept to small sizes to guarantee a relaxing environment, and that few people sit if a full-court basketball game breaks out. Purchasers also choose between a body sensor reading, which evaluates body fat and other fitness metrics, and a hands-on foot correction, which addresses arch issues related to balance and stride.
During the individual fitness sessions at Ultimate Health, the personal trainers run through a workout customized for each client to help bodies get back into their desired shapes. The 30-minute training sessions (a $120 value) sculpt bodies by incorporating a variety of exercises such as balance-improving Pilates, strength-increasing free weights, and kangaroo-defeating kickboxing. Since people are essentially what they eat—and nobody wants to be a humanoid cheesecake—the diet analysis (a $60 value) evaluates clients' body compositions and consumption behaviors. After the assessment, a personal trainer works with the client to tweak meal spacing, discuss portion control, and examine nutrient balance to keep bellies and biceps on the same page.
Throughout her 15 years as a certified personal trainer, Karyn Graham has earned an unusual nickname: “The Butt Queen.” The moniker references her signature workout, the Karyn Technique, which firms glute muscles without bulking up thighs. Karyn teaches her eponymous classes at RPM Fitness Studio, a boutique workout venue she co-owns with her sister, Cynthia. The duo finesses clients’ physiques with rigorous spinning classes, whose minimal joint impact renders them ideal for injured athletes and knee models. Complementary Pilates classes, conducted on mats or Reformers, streamline physiques by building long, lean muscle. Five-week Slimfit Bootcamps fuse Pilates with cardio-kick, boxing, body-fat analysis, and nutrition counseling.
University of Rock's guitar instructors tailor each in-home lesson with the ROCK curriculum in mind. These teaching tenets include Refining and setting the student’s musical goals while offering them Ongoing tracking and support. Constant improvement in scales and technique leads to building up Knowledge and confidence, both essential when performing onstage or stealing salmon from a sleeping bear. This focused curriculum was born out of Founder Jon Kim's personal frustration with guitar instruction. After numerous teachers and lessons, he identified what had been holding him back and set out to create a school that made it easier to learn.
Within The Yogi Tree's orange-hued interior, deep-breathing bodies follow instructors' poses in classes open to all ages and skill levels. Flex vocal cords and tendons in the Kundalini yoga class, which works sound currents and breathing passages along with external movements, drawing on a 5,000-year-old tradition that allowed ancient news anchors to shout breaking updates for thousands of miles. Qi gong classes seek to synchronize circulatory systems with movement and breath, and the musically scored motions of the Hatha yoga class focus on balancing the body's natural opposing energies, such as hot and cold or butter and peanut butter. Lunchtime yoga classes add flexibility to the most rigid schedules, providing a low-calorie snack and an hour of Kundalini-based yoga exercises to purge midday slumps. Prenatal classes keep bodies spry through pregnancy, and kids' and teen yoga courses keep youngsters nimble and teach them how the shapes in their geometry textbook really feel.