Opening the Acts 2 Acres Equestrian Center was an ideal decision for Michelle Alvarez, who was eager to make use of both her teaching experience and her lifelong passion for owning and showing horses. Today, her center specializes in training young riders in beginner lessons, which journey through nearby Tradewinds Park's scenic trails and focus on fundamentals such as safety, care, horsemanship, and grooming.
Youth may enjoy mornings at Pony Club or entire days at equestrian camp playing games, filling their noggins with educational material, and riding horses. Acts 2 Acres Equestrian Center is approved by the Girl Scouts of Broward County, meaning that the facility's experienced instructors are accustomed to teaching girl scouts and receiving payment in the form of thin-mint cookies.
State-of-the-art facilities at Sapphire Stables host riding lessons, summer camps, and birthday parties, teaching riders of all abilities how to ride and care for horses. Situated next to Tradewinds Park, Sapphire Stables has access to miles of trails in addition to its 1-acre riding arena. Here, the stable's instructors cement bonds between rider and steed during lessons that teach how to groom, tack up, and ride a horse without training wheels. Pupils choose between the styles of English or Western riding techniques, but before doing so, they must demonstrate mastery of fundamentals including balance and control.
With 32 years of mixed-martial-arts training under his master fifth-degree black belt in tae kwon do, Mark Sinopoli has garnered an international reputation for the depth of his martial-arts knowledge and skill. At StrikeGym, this three-time kickboxing champion in both the United States and Canada leads a team of certified trainers that boasts champions from the spheres of bodybuilding, boxing, and powerlifting. The instructors believe that discipline of the mind is paramount to success, motivating clients of all ages and abilities to blast through self-doubt with a vigorous roster of martial-arts training and fitness classes. They teach students to properly punch, kick, and dodge spring-loaded boxing gloves during MMA, boxing, and kickboxing classes, as well as marry strength training, cardio, and dynamic stretches in their signature fight-conditioning classes. During kids' martial-arts classes—a belt-earning tae kwon do system—trainers teach little ones self-defense, self-confidence, coordination, discipline, and safe ways to expel pent-up energy.
StrikeGym brims with cutting-edge workout gear and equipment, including 24 heavy boxing bags and MMA bags. It also boasts fully equipped cardio and weight rooms, along with a large outdoor area for boot-camp classes and training. The gym also contains a wrestling cage, a full-size boxing ring, and expansive mats for Zumba, martial-arts, and specialty classes.
Florida Crushers' licensed coaches have a knack for spotting athletic ability. They seek out girls and boys with the potential to excel as soccer players and help them hone their skills through their childhood and teenage years. Training can start for players as young as four years old. Coaches use fun games and activities to instill the fundamentals of coordination, ball movement, and confidence. As players progress, coaches introduce game strategy and reveal how to crack open a soccer ball to access the creamy filling inside. They also ready players for tournament play.
Armed with certification from the United States Cycling Federation, the bike mechanics at Atlantic Bicycle keep two-wheeled roadsters running safely and efficiently with maintenance services and help customers to select new bikes or gear. The experienced crew can perform basic services such as tuning up bicycles for warm-weather riding or more complex work such as fitting wheels with hand-laced custom wheels built onsite. The shop also keeps an extensive inventory of bicycles to meet needs ranging from everyday commutes to grocery-store-aisle wheelies, including all-mountain, urban, and recumbent styles as well as adult tricycles.
Baseball and softball players of all skill levels descend upon Extra Innings' 18,000-square-foot indoor facility to hone home-run-hitting swings and more. Players can swing, pitch, or field for 60 minutes inside one of the five indoor hitting tunnels that stretch 70 feet long, 15 feet wide, and 30 feet high as adjustable pitching machines sling unlimited fastballs toward the plate at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. The facility outfits hitters with bats and helmets for no additional charge, and each tunnel is equipped with an L-screen, a pitcher's mound, and sliding nets that can transform the cage into an open-field area for practicing fielding skills and ribbon-dancing routines.