Riding a flyboard might make adrenaline seekers feel as though they’re inside a prototypical, water-powered Iron Man suit. They take to local waters with their feet strapped into a main board that shoots powerful jets, and their arms control the board’s direction with two stabilizing sprayers. Atop the columns of pressurized water, riders can reach speeds of 18.5 miles per hour and heights of nearly 30 feet, enough to chase down gulls escaping with stolen hot dogs. With skillful manipulations of the stabilizers, boarders can perform spins, flips, and even cuts through the water.
Through its camps, recreational classes, and competitive teams, Apex Gymnastics helps hone students’ physical skills and mental acuity. A dedication to safety and discipline informs the staff’s approach as they help participants gain strength, flexibility, and the agility to back-handspring to school every morning. In addition to regular lessons, Apex’s coaches offer up birthday parties with gym activities and present-opening time, as well as Parents’ Night Out, which provides a safe environment in which kids can play and allows parents to alphabetize their rock collections in peace.
Parents often go to great lengths to help keep their children's passions alive, but most probably haven't opened a gym to do so. When gymnastics buffs Angie and Wayne Meshaw found out that the gymnastics training center their two little daughters attended closed, they opened up their own shop: Peak Gymnastics Academy. They even shipped over the girls' familiar coaches and teammates. Today, these instructors continue to immerse their students in a supportive environment. This time, though, they have a 10,000 square-foot facility packed with shining new bars, beams, and a competition-style bed trampoline at their disposal.
Intensive day-camps and classes teach basic through advanced skills in tumbling and gymnastics, improving flexibility and coordination at the same time as discipline and confidence. Meanwhile, private and small-group training sessions hone specific skills, such as how to somersault through a stuffed-animal tea party without breaking any saucers.
Between leaving their previous gym and opening their current one, CaryCitizen reported that Team Attraction Gymnastics? upper-level girls were ?a nomadic bunch,? honing their moves with donated hours in practice spaces throughout the city. Now, the team has found an Apex gymnasium to call home. The venue hosts recreational classes ranging from simple exercises for chaperoned tots to rhythmic gymnastics for students up to high-school age. The gym?s alternate sequence of competition-track classes spans 10 levels, preparing budding athletes to join state-championship-winning teams with 9?13 hours of training per week. Youngsters? bodies stay active with tumbling and acrobatics at the gym?s summer camps, which also expand minds instead of sticking bicycle pumps in students? ears.
Tracy, the owner and head instructor at Redhanded Sewing Studio, knows how to make a sought-after handbag. She taps into her 25 years of sewing experience to create inimitable handbag designs for Macy's, Eddie Bauer, and New York City boutiques. Along with her staff, she shares her expertise during energetic, lighthearted classes and camps in which participants sew purses or design baby clothes for baby prom.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions, and students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.