On February 2, Run Free will bank on the fact that a picture is worth a thousand words—even if those words are filthy, filthy lies. Though the marathon has registered hundreds of people from more than 20 countries, none of them will actually compete. They'll sport official racing bibs, read through a race program, don a race bracelet, and even receive a result time, which, like the outcome of the next six presidential elections, has been determined ahead of time and listed online. But the race itself comes as advertised: run-free.
Instead of wearing out their feet, participants will work out their fingers. As part of a social-media experiment, Run Free creator Ridiculo.us encourages those who register to snap pictures of their alleged training methods before the event, then to photograph moments from their own version of the marathon come race day. "Runners" might stage still frames of themselves clambering over outdoor obstacles, leap-frogging a friend, or stopping at a refreshment station manned by their supporters.
Designated tags for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter enable racers to disseminate their make-believe milestones, and Run Free will host the best and most original photos on its website. By collecting evidence of its existence, the marathon hopes to gauge the reach of the Internet and the depth of human gullibility while simultaneously sparking creativity and a sense of companionship among its fake runners.
They say that no one can touch a rainbow, but the florists at The Flower Nook might beg to differ. For they create several every day in the form of stunning, colorful floral arrangements. Freshly cut blossoms—from red roses to bright yellow sunflowers—mingle in vases or baskets, reaffirming spousal love, proclaiming filial affection, and offering praise to the plant people who live in the attic. Same-day deliveries ensure that arrangements reach their recipients while still fresh and vibrant.
At Be Slim Lipo, light's nemesis is not shadow, but fat cells. The technicians here wield LED devices whose beams target fat deposits on common problem areas, such as the stomach, love handles, and upper arms. These appointments are both brief and painless—the red light therapy produces no heat as it passes over the skin, and it only takes about eight minutes for it to prompt the fat cells to release their contents. Afterwards, clients move from reclining to standing on a vibratory machine, which encourages the body's lymphatic system to process and dispose of the fatty acids and triglycerides.
Unlike a disastrous prom night, the entire process entails no downtime, needles, or surgery. The staff considers those things needless. Instead, they attempt to slim physiques through a combination of light therapy sessions and ongoing weight management. Their approach is also highly personalized: health coaches meet with clients to review their history and measurements before devising a fat-loss regimen. The coaches often combine the LED treatments with programs from Metabolic Way, a system of meal plans and wellness tips informed by lab work. Though every guest's program is different, Be Slim Lipo's overarching mission is to make a svelte, toned look a sustainable one.
Though Ruthe Advena has been the director of the DanzForce Extreme studio for 8 years, she hasn't forgotten what it's like to be a mom dropping her kid off for dance class. Perhaps this is why she and her team of instructors focus on training young dancers, sometimes starting when they're just 2.5 years old and haven't yet fallen in with that rowdy toddler gang down the street. These seasoned teachers motivate their young charges in 18 different types of dance classes, including aerial dance, ballet, hip-hop dance, and acro dance. To help students take their training to the next level, artistic director Jaime Reid and Shannon Leli helm a house dance team, which they've led to victory at a slew of area dance competitions. DanzForce Extreme also conducts an after-school performance arts program, complete with pick-up at several local elementary schools.
East Orlando Detail's swift and well-traveled technicians bring their detailing talents to the customer. The staff swabs vehicles with professional cleaning products such as Ardex and Meguiars while expediting a simple exterior wash or a more extensive full detail. These mobile cleaners exercise their talents wherever cars reside, whether it be at a home, an office, or the latest stranger's garage you've driven into.
Forte Fitness?s owner, Alicia Streger, gathers a crew of trainers whose backgrounds are as diverse as the exercises performed within her boot camps. When not motivating people to achieve their fitness goals, instructors spend time participating in fitness competitions and charity camps within the community, building strong bonds and increasing their accountability and success as co-trainers. Each instructor's background is reflected in his or her physical and mental fitness, and they try to instill that discipline in students through their 21-day Belly Blast Challenges, boot camps, and regular kettlebell courses, all supplemented with nutritional education. For traveling clients who don?t want to lose the rhythm of their routine, the instructors assemble their 20 favorite body-weight exercises, ones that conveniently don?t require using any particular equipment or punching any particular wall.