Inside the multistyle fighting gym at The House of Hardknocks Boxing, heavy bags sway and medicine balls roam throughout the full gym and training areas. Head trainer Tim Connors, 2007 World Combat League Champion and MVP, and his team of instructors guide students through boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial-arts classes. Connors, who holds a 9?1 professional boxing record and 12?1 professional kickboxing record, imparts wisdom gained through his own personal experience as he teaches ground techniques and practical methods for defending oneself against gangs of punching bags. Classes are guided by the Art of O'Conn, a specialty training system that enhances lessons with conditioning and skill drills such as practicing breathing techniques to help students to develop discipline, confidence, balance, and precision.
Owned and operated by a mother-daughter duo, the licensed and bonded All About Cleaning has deployed professional cleaners on crusades against household grime since 1975. In three-hour sessions, house-cleaning experts tackle approximately eight to nine rooms, or one to two in-home arboretums, gussying up glass, dusting furniture, and vacuuming carpets. In bathrooms, the professional cleaners disinfect fixtures and vacate trashcans; in kitchens, they scour appliances and mop floors. Upon request, cleaners extend their sanitary scepters beyond standard services to include in-depth refrigerator-interior cleaning, upholstery vacuuming, and clearing out closets left filthy by boogeyman raves.
A will coupled with power of attorney allows you to retain control of your estate and wealth even after you've died or decided to take a 30-year nap. Together, you and Redler will forge a legally binding document that specifies who inherits what and how your life accomplishments should be preserved, paid, or parceled out. Power of attorney, meanwhile, authorizes a designated party to speak on your behalf and to act as an advocate for your interests even when you're playing ping-pong with death in a persistent vegetative state. It's the most logical way to plan for the future and the only way to ensure that your priceless collection of vice-presidential action figures won't be carelessly sold off by an unappreciative family.
Your one-hour cruise will commence at the levee below the Gateway Arch aboard one of two 19th-century replica steamboats, either the Tom Sawyer or the Becky Thatcher. Like a real-life third person, the captain of your craft will omnisciently narrate your adventure along the St. Louis riverfront with historical factoids, geographical trivia, and wistful recollections of the way your childhood crush's hair used to sparkle in the springtime sunlight. Customers looking for even greater detail may choose to rent one of Gateway's iPods for an additional fee. This audio cruise companion whispers stories of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers' confluence into your ears, set to the sweet beats of this year's hottest jock jams. Since exercising one's vision and hearing can make one's other senses hungry, boxed lunches may be ordered in advance ($8 for a box lunch, $4 for a hot-dog lunch). You can also sniff, fondle, and purchase concessions while aboard?or enjoy a bite to eat at Gateway's Arch View Caf? before or after your tour.
The professional roofers at Iron Star Roofing & Gutters keep home lids spotless and maintain curb appeal by inspecting and cleaning rooftops. A shingle inspector first assesses structural integrity in one- and two-story abodes, combing slanted and flat roofs for evidence of water seepage, latent rot, and Gothic gables poorly sewn together out of romance-novel dust jackets. After confirming roof functionality, roof walkers muck out leaves, dirt, and debris from up to 200 feet of gutter, streamlining rain flow away from sensitive shingles and hydrophobic attics.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable fitness-focused members to improve their physical well-being with a cornucopia of equipment. With 24-hour access, prospective perspirers don't have to let The Man or a random street man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength equipment or top-of-the-line cardio equipment, which features TVs with cable and other media diversions. Today's Groupon includes an initial consultation and equipment orientation with a personal trainer and full access to all club facilities, including cardio and strength-training equipment. Even if you exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary schoolyard you've experienced. New members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations and a waived enrollment and orientation fee (a $49 value).