The sound of volleying balls and shuffling feet fill Silvia Tennis Academy's courts as beginning and experienced players alike hone their skills through clinics, leagues, lessons, and classes targeted to tutor any age. The crew of background-checked trainers and staff members attend at least three continuing-education events each year to sharpen racquet skills and hone teaching techniques. Cardio Tennis classes—which director Viola Madej promotes through seminars and training—get kids moving to improve athletic performance and inspire active lives, and adults sweat to similar high-energy workouts that fuse fun with aerobic training. Players who want extra practice or to play matches on their own time can use the academy's online court-reservation service, which books court time without requiring an old-fashioned phone call or singing telegram.
With locales dappled throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the brains behind Workout Anytime funnel more than three decades of fitness-industry expertise into filling their gyms with positive vibes and state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness gurus spread Magnum-brand strength-training machines and cutting-edge treadmills—whose frames can support up to 500 pounds—throughout their hygienic antimicrobial floors. They also provide certified personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and weight-loss plans.
Workout Anytime's doors are open to members 24 hours a day every day of the year, permitting access to public exercise zones and areas that offer tanning and massage sessions. Each gym also strives to cultivate a familial atmosphere with staffers who memorize each guest's name and carve each one's Thanksgiving turkey.
Within Studio Movie Grill's expansive auditoriums, towering screens enrapture audiences seated in plush leather recliners and at dining tables. As the familiar celebrity faces in blockbuster and cult-classic features deliver Oscar-worthy lines, sneakily quiet waiters deliver meals from a full menu decorated with more than 100 items, including gourmet pizzas, smoked ribs, and cocktails infused with the spirit of Daniel Day-Lewis. Bartenders at the lobby bar dole out glasses of premium liquors, wines, and draft beer before and after shows.
Instructors at MF Yoga work to integrate mind and body during classes for all levels taught in a flowing vinyasa style. During slow-paced beginner sessions, they focus yoga basics such as finding proper posture alignments and learning to connect deep breaths with movement. More advanced sessions test students' mental and physical strength with challenges such as practicing in a heated room or attempting to hug your own inner child.
Tim Cundy draws on more than 16 years of experience as a PGA professional to smooth out swings and tailor lessons for beginner and professional golfers alike. During each one-hour lesson, golfers swing irons and woods while working one-on-one with Cundy to straighten hooks into green-seeking spears. A certified Hank Haney pro associate instructor, Cundy has experience in guiding greenhorns and fine-tuning the shots of pros, ensuring each lesson helps fairway frolickers lower handicaps by improving their stance, grip, and ability to command the wind. Lessons are held at one of two outdoor ranges or inside a sheltered teaching facility. The sheltered swing center is replete with an indoor putting area and hitting bays overlooking the range and its mob of mannequin spectators.
FastFrame first germinated in Europe before spreading to Japan, Brazil, Australia, and the United States. A trained local helms each of the 300 locations, and guarantees every design for 30 days and the craftsmanship for a lifetime. Artisans crown original works of art and prints with ornate mouldings. They also store historical artifacts and three-dimensional memorabilia in shadow boxes. FastFrame’s team has even been known to frame sports equipment, plasma-screen televisions, and childhood homes.