Lead by Dr. Daniel Bannard, a "Fellow" of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture with over 30 years of experience to his name, the team at The Bannard Center uses a range of treatments to promote full-body wellness. With help from licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist Dr. Sebastion Lee, the team specializes in holistic chiropractic work, augmenting unique, energy-balancing herbal formulas with sauna sessions and acupuncture treatments. During massage work, a certified specialist rubs clients' muscles to release pent-up stress and loosen the gnarled knots of shoulder anxiety and misplanted back saplings. All visits take place in a professional office space, recently renovated with hardwood floors and warm colors.
Inside-Out Sports keeps leg jockeys motoring with a catalog of specialty items in a 2,500-square-foot store replete with helpful gait analysis tools. A knowledgeable staff composed entirely of runners, triathletes, and future uncles assists customers with treadmill stride analysis and Fit Kit and F.I.S.T. dynamic bike fitting. Favorite shoe brands such as K-Swiss and Saucony (running shoes start at $89.99) insulate foot rockets from scorching the ground.
More than 30 years ago, most North Carolinians had likely never heard of the nonviolent Korean martial art of tae kwon do, which combines physical conditioning with mental discipline to produce both healthy bodies and minds. But then the Lee family changed that.
The six brothers?Grand Master H.K. Lee, Grand Master K.S. Lee, Grand Master Jun Lee, Grand Master Byung Lee, Grand Master Sang Ho Lee, and Master Jung Ho Lee?came from Korea to America to train students in the martial art. Originally, many students sought out the brothers to learn self-defense techniques, but today, people come for other reasons too, including getting in shape and getting high-fives. Whatever their motivation is, all students develop self-confidence, respect, discipline, and self-control.
Kenrick Smith and his team of golf instructors are driven by one central goal in their eight-week lesson package: turn beginners into lifetime golfers. Kenrick?s academy, The Triangle Golf School, provides a curriculum that focuses on building a fundamentally sound swing and a teaching environment that is fun, constructive, and does not force students to forage for their own bounty of wild golf balls. Though primarily geared toward junior golfers, the school offers lessons and clinics to clubbers of all ages and abilities. The Triangle School?s indoor facility fosters year-round practice, allowing players to hone their swings without fearing rain or dust storms created by rebellious sand traps.
At Championship Martial Arts, trained instructors teach life skills and karate techniques to students age 4 and older using a curriculum designed to challenge and engage children, teens, and adults. Each class begins with a "mat chat" to introduce the upcoming lesson to its participants, followed by a fitness-style warm-up and drills such as target training and kicking combos, which vary on a class-by-class basis. The results, however, don't vary?over the long-term, students of all skill levels will see an improvement in their stamina and muscle tone.
The Carolina Copperheads Football & Cheerleading league sponsors football, lacrosse, and cheerleading teams to get young boys and girls involved in outdoor team sports. Kids aged 13 and younger can take part in the teams, playing against their neighbors in friendly games designed to develop cooperation, confidence, and sports skills. In addition to contributing to the sports community, the league has also supported a variety of local nonprofits, including Wake County Public Schools, Jessica's Journey for kids with cancer, and food drives.