“It’s like having Mr. Rogers teach your child to swim,” said one parent who left it up to The Swim Lessons Company’s Jim Reiser to show her child the secrets of not sinking. A third-generation swim teacher and coach, Jim approaches his pupils from a gentle, comforting angle that’s especially calibrated to meet the needs of infants, preschoolers, and adults disguised as Toys 'R' Us kids, employing fun activities and drills to impart skills. His friendship with water began in elementary school, and it was a friendship destined to last. To pay for college, Jim leased the university pool and used it to train young swimmers; he went on to teach aquatic courses at the University of South Carolina and lead multiple swimmers to state championships. "The Swim Professor"—a nickname Jim earned after founding Swim Lessons University, an online learning resource loaded with educational videos—now spends his days sharing the magic of swimming with people of every age, imparting the tips and tricks they'll need to survive in a pool, from holding their breath to performing a proper backstroke and catching Marco Polo.
The mechanics at Cycle Center outfit bike enthusiasts with custom equipment fittings, expert tune-ups, and a rolling stock of more than 500 bicycles dispersed between the company's two locations. In the interest of both safety and performance, the team makes sure all bikes are carefully assembled and tuned up before the rubber meets the road. They also stock an impressive lineup of apparel and gear, from air pumps that keep tires aptly inflated to helmets that keep heads more protected than a presidential motorcade covered in mosquito netting. In-stock brands include Fuji, Cannondale, and Dahon, a manufacturer renowned for its revolutionary folding bikes.
With two separate studios—one equipped with nine poles for exotic dance classes and one reserved for fitness classes—Pulse Dance & Fitness Studio facilitates an atmosphere of ease, enjoyment, and confidence. In the pole studio, instructors lead women through the basics of pole dancing during the introductory class, and ramp up the raciness in French Kiss Chair Strip Tease classes. Abs N Bootie and Hip Hop Cardio classes in the dance studio turn fitness into a fun and rhythmic dance romp. And before or after classes, students can spend some time socializing in the Pulse Ultra Lounge, cooling down with a smoothie or perusing the in-house lingerie store.
The upbeat sounds of Latin and pop music can regularly be heard inside the Killian Recreation Center. That's because certified Zumba instructor Carmen stages Zumba classes there three times a week, creating a lively atmosphere by using tunes from artists like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Pitbull along with Latin, salsa, and merengue jams. The fun, high-energy sessions combine elements of fitness and dance to create a workout that burns calories and melts them down into commemorative coins.
24/7 Health & Fitness Center equips members with cardiovascular and weight-training equipment, Zumba classes, and the opportunity to work out at all hours of the day. Kettlebells and dumbbells sit neatly organized, and an array of strength-training machines utilize pulleys and levers to help gym-goers build lean muscle. Stationary bicycles, treadmills, and elliptical machines get legs and endorphins pumping, creating the perfect training circuit for upcoming marathons or city-council races.
Doctors Express treats everything from cuts and bruises to fractures and colds and everything in between. We have on-site lab tests, x-rays and prescriptions with no appointments needed. We're a state-of-the-art urgent care center with physicians on-site every day.