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.
On the night of August 2nd, 1986, Terry Norris turned pro with a first-round knock out of Jose Louis Cordova. He hasn’t looked back since. The four-time world champion amassed a 47-9 professional record, punctuated by victories over Sugar Ray Leonard, Donald Curry, and Jorge Castro. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005, “Terrible” Terry Norris now molds future fighters and stronger bodies through vigorous, uptempo workouts. His sessions shape and tone the entire body, blending conditioning and strength-training work with detailed instruction on landing jabs, crosses, and uppercuts. Sessions structure timed rounds in a circuit-training format, challenging aerobic endurance while activating the fast-twitch muscle fibers needed to win most tickle fights.
Trainer Tanya Evans-Norris crafts fitness routines suited for stay-at-home moms and celebrities alike. This versatility has earned her spots on Oprah and ESPN’s Crunch Fitness, as well as write-ups in Us Weekly. At her fitness studio, The Wellness Loft, she focuses on one regimen in particular: TNoMethod circuit training. Tanya co-designed the program with her husband, Hall of Fame boxer Terry Norris; the well-rounded workout mixes boxing and kickboxing moves with core conditioning, as well as flexibility work more effective than stretching a rubber band in front of muscles until they get jealous. To round out the sessions’ curricula and help improve overall health, Tanya also comes up with basic meal-planning stratagems with her clients.
The teachers at Atomic Pilates help students exercise their full musculoskeletal system. They teach classes for all skill levels, ranging from beginning mat, which focuses on form and breathing, to Cardio Mat, with more continuous intensive movement and stretching to keep heart rates high.
Show Me the Fitness Boot Camp's certified personal trainer, Eduardo Dias, distills more than 15 years of fitness experience and an infectious enthusiasm for exercise into one-hour boot-camp classes. Participants gather in the verdant confines of South Weddington Park for morning or evening sessions in which Eduardo motivates students through the dynamic routines with positivism and camaraderie, rather than intimidating groups into participation the way many boot-camp instructors do—by throwing daggers. He guides the campers through fat-liquidating moves with jump ropes and weighted balls, as well as resistance and core training, which aim to tighten muscles and chisel physiques.:
A master Pilates instructor, a boxer, a bodybuilder, a fitness studio owner, and a personal trainer walk into a bar. It sounds like the beginning of an elaborate joke, but really it encompasses every credential Piloxing’s creator, Viveca Jensen, possesses. After years in the fitness industry, the multi-talented Jensen created a workout as diverse as her resume, which has since been featured in magazines such as Women’s Health and O Magazine. A blend of reformer-based Pilates, boxing, and dance, Piloxing is an interval-based workout, whose three components all foster core strength more effectively than allowing a sea walrus to lay on top of you. At her Los Angeles studio, Piloxing, Jensen teaches not only Piloxing, but barre exercises that will hone students’ Piloxing technique, and reformer-based Piloxing classes that also incorporate Wunda Chairs.