At Rocking Lazy K Ranch, scrub grasses and evergreens bristle across 1,800 acres. Within this rustic backdrop, ranch owner Scott leads trail rides and teaches horseback-riding lessons. "I love teaching beginners about horses and watching them as they progress," he says. During lessons, students learn essential skills of horsemanship, from how to dress and mount a horse to how to gallop and parallel park.
On paths that wind along ancient roads and muddy creeks, Scott guides students and visitors on outings to the ranch's scenic corners. Whether on wooded or open land, Scott notes, there's "a good chance of seeing local wildlife." Afterward, Scott swaps his riding gear for a kitchen get-up and steps behind the grill to sear 6-ounce steaks. A hearty meal soon follows, incorporating Texas-style sides and freshly prepared pie.
CrossFit McKinney's owner, Jeff Sawyer—a USA Nationals Olympic Weightlifting Championship placer and Machado black belt—first heard of the CrossFit workout while teaching Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 2005. Skeptical as to whether the regimen, which focuses on moving heavy loads over long distances quickly, was more than a passing fad, he decided to investigate for himself and witnessed first-hand the workout's effectiveness in teaching people how to perform Olympic lifts. Sawyer was finally sold and decided to incorporate CrossFit into his own gym with the help of one of his former students, Eleonora Zalo, a five-time Croatian weightlifting champion and former coach of UFC fighter Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic, and CrossFit-certified instructor Josh Esparza. Together, they lead CrossFit classes, as well as non-contact muay thai kickboxing, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes for kids and adults. The facility also offers ice-hockey conditioning](http://gr.pn/H49Nz4) and onsite childcare so guests can exercise without needing to find a babysitter or pay the dog to watch the kids.:m]]
Imagine the moment when a shy, introverted young girl steps in front of a room full of people for the first time and speaks with confidence and clarity. This is a regular occurrence at Drama Kids International, where experienced teachers use a unique, copyrighted curriculum to help shape and focus outgoing children or draw shy children out of their shells. Classes for kids as young as 3 refine speech techniques, dramatic movement, and imagination, giving them the confidence to perform in front of an audience or finally ask their parents to change their names to Thespis. For older kids, aged 12–18, Drama Kids International offers the DKI Acting Academy, where serious theater kids can expand their speaking, acting, and auditioning skills through exercises and performances.
Ensconced by dense woodlands, The Golf Club at McKinney's 18-hole layout undulates through a rural landscape that feels far away from the hustle and bustle of civilization. The combination of tree-lined fairways, water hazards, hills, and considerable length?the course measures 6,807 yards from the tips?make the par 72 layout a real challenge for golfers of all abilities. To help level the playing field, the Club offers a grass-tee driving range and two greens, one dedicated to putting practice and the other to chipping.
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Kathleen Catallo is no stranger to the graceful flourishes of ballroom dance. In fact, she?s spent more than two decades of her life perfecting them at the professional level. At The Art of Dance, Catallo has drawn on this experience to create a Marriage Enrichment Through Dance course tailored specifically to couples. As they learn fundamental ballroom steps in these sessions, spouses strengthen their relationships and have fun instead of spending another Friday searching for doubloons in the junk drawer.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.