Grasping hands constantly seek means of ascent as climbers scale the towering crags inside Exposure Rock Climbing's expansive gym. Route setters Kyle Clinkscales and Stan Borodyansky regularly put their USA Climbing certifications to good use, rearranging the colorful hand- and footholds that populate each wall to create fun and challenging routes that appeal to dedicated climbers and beginners alike.
The gym's experienced staff provides gravity-defying guidance during private lessons for climbers of all abilities and unlocks early interest in climbing with classes for juniors. The same savvy instructors have led Team Texas—Exposure Rock Climbing's competitive junior climbing team—to four USA Climbing national championships, including the 2012 title. The facility also hosts group and birthday-party packages and team-building programs for corporate workers, youth groups, and gravity deniers.
In addition to providing custom clubs for PGA professionals and celebrities alike, CompuGolf Center lets golfers flex their muscles at a natural turf driving range, a short-game area, and putting greens. At the driving range, the center’s covered hitting stations keep the sun off swingers’ necks as they convince their golf balls to stop interfering with spin. After demolishing a bucket of range balls, golfers work on their short game at the pitching greens and hone their endgame at the putting greens. Finally, they head to the practice bunkers, pull out their sand wedges, and bring their favorite childhood arcade game to life by petting prairie dogs on the head. Those who need help eliminating slice or want to finesse their putting technique can schedule lessons with the center’s experienced instructors.
The staff at CSD Sports Framing & Memorabilia routinely preserve high-value artifacts behind glass—from Emmitt Smith's Dancing with the Stars outfit to a piece of the floor from Michael Jordan's last game—but that's not the only thing that sets this framing store apart. The framers here handcraft nearly every aspect their projects in-house, including the frame, mounts, and custom engravings.
Although the framing of art and memorabilia is their primary focus, the staff still traffics in the autographed merchandise that helped launch their business. Visitors to the shop can ogle a Hall of Fame football signed by the Dallas Cowboys and renew the Curse of the Bambino on a Red Sox World Series banner.
Slimming World puts weight control into the hands of its members with an online repository of healthy recipes and dietary tools. The program centers around a collection of more than 600 easy-to-make recipes, which turn simple ingredients into sensible meals. Designed to be healthy regardless of the portion size, the meals promote weight-loss via overall health, rather than calorie counting or following a helium diet. The wellness-promoting website also furnishes members with a suite of powerful tools that allow them to track their eating habits and weight loss. Slimming World groups, meanwhile, take the lifestyle support offline and into in-person group sessions with fellow dieters.
To make the chore of cleaning the car easier, Ultra Shine Auto Detail brings its mobile-detailing act on the road. Its services range from hand washes that use water-conserving, no-rinse cleaners to Ultra Fine details, which are capped off with a protecting application of a polymer-Teflon shield. Like a nice warm scarf wrapped around the car, this finish can fend off attacks from the elements. Other a la carte services include headlight restorations, window treatments, and interior shampoos and stylings.
The instructors at Core Group Fitness have shaped the physiques of U.S. soldiers, battled for glory in the professional MMA ring, and conquered distance events. But that doesn’t mean their fitness techniques are beyond the reach of an average Joe. To the contrary, their unique brand of cross-fit and interval training reroutes clients to healthy paths fast by matching proper nutrition with intense workouts. They often use battle ropes, sandbags, sleds, and other hefty pieces of equipment throughout classes.