Gordon Franks and Pat Worley are more than black belts. They’re ninth-degree black belts who share their chosen martial art with youngsters and adults alike through USA Karate, the school they cofounded. The school - which opened in 1973 and has been operating for more than 40 years - was featured on the local CBS station and teaches self-defense techniques that help students graduate to higher-level belts and translate into increased agility, coordination, and self-confidence.
One of yoga's best qualities is its ability to give inner peace to the practitioner, who in turn is better prepared to connect with others and build community. At Platinum Yoga, this quality spills out of classes and into the post-class period as practitioners gather to share tea, coffee, and conversation about whether or not Downward is a good name for a dog. This sense of community isn't limited to yoga students, either?those who partake in fitness classes such as Zumba, Cardio Pump, and Nordic Walking also build camaraderie during and after high-intensity sessions.
For the race organizers at CampTITAN, a run just isn't a run without a few well-placed obstacles. During their annual 5K, they litter the course with roadblocks such as wooden walls, giant tractor tires, and slides. Runners aren't just confronted with climbable challenges; a rigorous smatterings of ponds and mud pits test agility and endurance over the course of the approximately 3-mile run. Although defeating such an action-filled course is reward enough on its own, organizers don't skimp on the celebration, either. Participant each receive a commemorative medal for tackling the course, a tangible reminder of the day that they looked mud in the face and whispered "not this time, you don't."
Thousands of essential oils and fragrances line Saving Face's blending bar, a spot where clients can create their own aromas. Once the scents are mixed, they can be used to augment Saving Face's services, which include its signature microcurrent facial. Elsewhere, the staff performs everything from microdermabrasions and acupuncture treatments to massages and airbrush tanning that uses an organic, aloe-vera-based solution.
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The inspiring trainers with MetaBody lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Fun sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment ideal for both beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use your instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Since the pass sets a five-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimen by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.