New River Climbing School’s PCGI-trained and certified staff, led by senior cragsman David Wolff, shepherds climbers of all skill levels skyward during a variety of education-packed tours. Small groups equipped with the necessary climbing and rappelling gear—such as shoes, helmets, and microphones for amplifying yodels—follow the step-by-step instructions of experienced guides, who undergo rigid evaluations before earning a spot on the school’s team. Throughout each adventure, the New River Gorge coddles sensory receptors with an array of sites, sounds, and smells, including kaleidoscopic rock swirls and towering mountains chiseled into words of encouragement. Half-day and full-weekend tours enable the staff to further cater to guests from varying backgrounds, occupations, and experience levels.
Magneceutical Health's complementary and alternative clinicians aim to bring clients' bodies into balance with magnets. Instead of medicine and surgery, they help people with an immersive mechanical system called the Magnesphere. Inside, patients read or sleep while magnetic fields relax them and help relieve chronic pain.
The YMCA at Virginia Tech’s mission is to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to its surrounding community. Adults can leap into continuing-education classes ranging from pottery to Turkish grilling, with complimentary childcare eliminating excuses to stay at home. Ballroom dancing, Shakespearean studies, and tai chi also shake up adult routines. On weekends, guides lead groups out into the wild during scenic hides that vary in difficulty; although YMCA-goers can get a dose of nature any day of the week by visiting the onsite community gardens, which enable people to grow their own plants or just stop and eat the roses.
Cox’s Golf Driving Range’s grounds slope and skate through beautiful landscaping arrangements of bushes and trees that ensconce practice greens and snuggle up against the tricks and traps of the 18-hole Putt-a-Round miniature golf course. Contenders who prefer bats to clubs unleash thunderclaps in the range’s 10 automated batting cages with pitching machines that can alternate between baseballs and softballs. An onsite pro shop outfits practitioners with all the gear they may need for a day of the sporting life, including clubs, balls, and disposable plaid pants.
Each workout at New Day Fitness is customized to ensure clients of all fitness levels are getting their sweat on. Instructors guide students through Zumba dance moves set to high-energy Latin beats during Zumba classes. Boot-camp classes focus on a blend of cardio, strength, core, and contortionist exercises for full-body toning.
Carved into the rolling landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Auburn Hills Golf Club's 18-hole course features 6,534 yards of elevated tee boxes and breathtaking views of the Southwest Virginia countryside. Throughout the course, players encounter tantalizing high-risk-and-high-reward shots straight from the architectural mind of Algie Pulley, such as the par-4 13th hole, which dares big hitters to drive for a half-visible green hiding 306 yards in the distance. More straightforward challenges await at the 190-yard, par-3 17th, where duffers must calm gun-shy golf carts before sending tee shots somersaulting over two large ponds that stand sentry in front of the green. The pristine par-72 opens its arboreal arms to golfers of all ages and experience levels with four tee options.
PGA instructor Werner Riemer uses Auburn Hills' sunlit green as a classroom, where the master dispenses his golf wisdom to students. Werner’s teaching techniques have bolstered the talents of LPGA Hall of Famer Sandra Handy, and also earned him special PGA certification in golf instruction, a feat obtained by only 1% of PGA members and 3% of computer simulators.
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