As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Each of the guitar coaches at American Guitar Academy are certified in the school’s signature teaching method. Developed over 25 years, this house-honed instruction technique incorporates scientific research to help fingers learn to shred frets up to eight times faster than alternative methods. During private half-hour lessons, instructors guide budding rock stars aged 4 years and up through the basics of strumming chords and seamlessly stitching together riffs. These comprehensive lessons on classical, electric, or acoustic guitars are offered once a week with a live instructor or online and guarantee that students will be playing their favorite music within six months of training. Students may begin lessons without owning a guitar, but are encouraged to gain access to one quickly for mastering scales and the ability to solo with their teeth.
During the growing season, the gently sloped roofs of Hoffman Farms Store's historical barns and quaint country store barely peek out over the farm’s acres of lush fruit fields, as if politely looking for prospective visitors. Since its founding in 1983, the farm has seen a handful of renovations, including the building of raised vegetable beds and the conversion of an old silo top into portable shade for patrons who come to pick their own strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. The rustic country store is stocked with locally grown produce, including pre-picked berries, homemade salsas, and delectable cobblers, so visitors can leave with something sweet even on rainy days or days when it’s raining men.
The passionate and experienced lead instructor of Hula Halau ‘Ohana Holo‘oko‘a, Lisa Fujii Chang, helms classes designed to introduce beginning hip swayers of all ages to the arts of hula and Tahitian dancing. The month-long adult hula class focuses on basic steps and hand motions, training students to tell stories using long undulating motions, much like a snake moonlighting as the village minstrel. Children starting at 3 years old can indulge in the relaxing Hawaiian tradition in 12-week-long children's classes that teaches young dancers the rudimentary facets of hula.
One-hour youth classes (a $100 value)—scheduled Monday through Friday evenings—focus on building coordination, agility, and an overall familiarity with the sport. Adult classes (an $80 value) push further, emphasizing a specific fencing weapon (foil, epee, and saber) Monday through Wednesday evenings. Then, on Thursday evenings, adults can perfect their poise and control under the sharp eye of Sebastian Dos Santos, the current U.S. national coach for men's epee. Each adult evening consists of an hour of instruction and an hour of open fencing.
While for some people the idea of getting into golf shape sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, for Matt Averill it’s an all-consuming passion. As both a teaching professional and a personal trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Matt possesses a broad perspective on teaching the game of golf—one that sees beyond simple swing tweaks to consider the physical shape of the person swinging the club. His golf-specific training gym, Matt’s Fit. Fore Golf, focuses on this approach. Inside, golfers work hard to improve such biomechanical attributes as balance, flexibility, coordination, and brute strength, aiming for substantial gains in shot distance and control. The training methods also help players avoid injury caused by overuse and tugs-of-war over a lucky putter.
Matt devises and oversees a personal-training regimen for each student, helping him or her reach their goals through such exercises as squats, short-burst sprints, and explosive jumps. Matt is also a student of his own techniques and a testament to their effectiveness, as he competes nationally in Long Drive Championships and boasts a personal best drive of 407 yards in competition.