Balanced several feet off the ground inside silky white hammocks, students at Core Connection practically levitate as they tackle challenging yoga poses during the studio’s antigravity yoga classes. Core Connection’s wide-ranging slate of classes helps students connect physical wellness with mental wellness through strength building and a non-competitive environment.
Surrounded by vast windows and gleaming wood floors, the passionate instructors lead sessions such as Bar Sculpt, a core-building class that uses the ballet bar and isometric exercises to create lean muscles. Core Connection also rents out its picturesque space for meetings, photo shoots, and parties that combine exercise with catered meals, massages, and spirited games of Pin the Tail on the Yogi.
Grandmaster Taek Sung Cho has accrued more than 40 years of martial-arts experience and a host of titles on his resumé, including coach for the International Junior Taekwondo Championships and the U.S. Junior Olympic Taekwondo Team. However, he derives the most reward from his role as teacher, a position he has coveted since establishing Master Cho's Talium in 1991. Working with expert instructors, he imparts the value of community and inner balance through the lens of tae kwon do technique.
Master Cho's lessons amplify confidence as well as coordination in young children, teens, and adults. Students can practice with others in their age group or alongside their families, depending on whether their school bus or their house transforms into a giant fighting robot. Kardio Kickboxing workouts toast calories with rapid jabs, and the staff emphasize the social aspect of self-defense training by hosting summer camps and birthday parties.
Using the motions and exercises of professional weightlifters, gymnasts, and track-and-field athletes, CrossFit creates an amalgam of total-body fitness. And because all movements are functional, the system prepares participants for any kind of physical activity, be it sports- or work-related or just picking up a bag of soil at the hardware store to play catch with. At Crossfit Fightworx, they also mix up the daily workouts every session to stave off boredom and keep everyone centered on their goals.
Visitors to Pearly Whites enjoy a departure from the staid interior of traditional dentists. Mint-green walls add a cheery tone to a waiting room decked out with flat-screen televisions and bean bag–style seats. Drs. Michael Skolnick and Brooke Skolnick also have pleasantly unorthodox ideas about dental technology. The husband-and-wife team corrects conditions with a Waterlase dental laser and a single-tooth anesthesia system, allowing them to completely avoid needles and drills. In each treatment room, televisions serve as pleasant distraction during cleanings. Ornate, sea-urchin-like chandeliers cast a glow across dark-stained hardwood floors and a gaming room.
American Dental Arts furnishes private treatment rooms, where Dr. Homa Faridnia performs routine exams, root canals, and teeth-straightening Invisalign. Dr. Faridnia bulks up her brain with the latest developments in the dental field by regularly attending continuing-education classes and seminars hosted by the tooth fairy. She also spends her time volunteering with Heartworks, a group that doles out random acts of kindness to its community.