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4 ways to get fit and learn something new this month
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Athletes carry their boats to the dock during the 2019 NCAA Rowing Championships at Lake Lanier Olympic Park on Saturday, May 25, 2019. - photo by Austin Steele

The kids are back in school, but for everyone else it’s not too late to spend some time to learn something new outside of a classroom. 

Here are four lessons and classes going on in or around Hall County for those looking to add some new experiences to their belt.

Tai Qi for all your stress relieving needs
As part of its focus on Chinese medicine, the Spa on Green Street is hosting free Tai Qi lessons every Saturday at 9 a.m. Tai Qi is a martial art that helps relieve stress with low-impact exercise. If you’re looking for a way to train your body and mind, Tai Qi is an easy gateway into a healthier lifestyle rooted in the practices of Eastern medicine. And it’s free, so you’ve got nothing to lose.

When: 9 a.m. Saturdays

Where: 635 Green Street NW, Gainesville

How much: Free

More info: www.spaongreenstreet.com

Pound adds rhythm to your workout
If Tai Qi is a little too laid back for you, GetFit Health & Fitness Club’s Pound classes give you a full-body workout in a 30-minute session. The class will teach you how to use exercise drumsticks called Ripstix and music to get fit. Anyone from any age, skill or fitness level can participate.
When: 12:20 p.m. Tuesdays, 9:15 a.m. Thursdays 

Where: GetFit Health & Fitness Club, 150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville
How much: $10

More info: http://getfit.fit

Learn to row from the pros

Lake Lanier Rowing Club is hosting a series of lessons for those looking to add rowing to their repertoire. Not only is rowing a great way to explore the lakes and nature in the area, but it also doubles as a full-body workout and a team-building exercise. You’ll learn to row on your own or as part of teams of two, four, or eight. Lessons are offered through September, but each class is limited to 16 seats.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Aug. 6-24, Sept. 7-24
Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Park, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville
How much: $180
More info: https://www.lakelanierrowing.org/page/show/3268926-learn-to-row

Learn to be a chef from one of the best

Chateau Elan is offering anyone from beginners to seasoned professionals to learn from the resort’s studio chef. Edwin Bodre will be spending his Fridays and Saturdays through the month of August teaching introductory cooking classes. Along with the lesson itself, those who take the class will leave with a chef’s hat, recipe booklet and a full stomach, as everyone will get a serving of each dish prepared during the three-hour instruction.

When: 7-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 9-31

Where: Château Élan Winery & Resort, 100 Tour De France, Braselton

How much: $125

More info: www.chateauelan.com

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Chateau Elan's lush grape vineyard surrounds the winery Thursday, June 20, 2019. - photo by Scott Rogers
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