A championship wrestler by the age of 10, Xcelerate Training owner Craig Marks developed a commitment to exercise early on, leading to a wrestling scholarship and national ranking as a college wrestler. Though a serious neck injury cut his wrestling career short, Craig has remained loyal to his fitness pursuits for more than 20 years, now helping others achieve their goals by designing personalized workouts based on his workout philosophy that combines muscular training, nervous-system training, cardio, and balanced nutrition.
This philosophy comes to life within Xcelerate Training's facility, where Craig and his staff of trainers steer fitness seekers to healthier bodies during both private and group training sessions. The Xcelerate team's creative style incorporates unique props and workouts that take place on an indoor stairway to help burn calories. A 24-foot rock-climbing wall adds a vertical dimension to workouts, as well as birthday parties and corporate mixers for mountain goats.
If Victor Frankenstein ever took a break from science to design a 5K race, the result would have probably looked something like a Hybrid Hell Run event. Each race in the Hybrid Hell Run series is similar to Frankenstein’s monster: races are gritty, spread out across misshapen terrain, and require every ounce of physical and mental strength to survive.
With each of its races cranking up the intensity level, the series selects locations that are naturally challenging, such as forests, hills, or M. C. Escher’s labyrinthine backyard. The HHR team then brews up a ruthless lineup of physical challenges, maintaining focus on three main categories—cardiovascular endurance, strength, and speed and agility. The finished course tests the athletic prowess of male, female, and youth divisions, with top performers receiving cash rewards.
Yoga may be a highly individualized practice, but personal growth requires a collaborative community spirit. Harmony House Yoga strives to create this spirit by creating a welcoming environment for students of all skill levels and yogic interests and by hosting classes that draw inspiration from a range of eclectic styles. Regardless of whether students are attending a dynamic Vinyasa session or a meditative yin class, they receive personalized guidance and feedback from the instructors. By creating a strong community environment, the studio emphasizes yoga's ability to build emotional and spiritual connections between practitioners and their surroundings.
As a child, M&M Stables' head trainer, instructor, and guide, Melissa loved strolling down woodland trails on the back of a horse. A rider and competitor since the age of six, Melissa’s passion for horses now fuels her career at M&M Stables. Today, she can be found in the saddle training others how to care for and ride horses for fun or during competitions. She also leads trail rides throughout the surrounding equestrian park, giving clients a way to explore neighborhoods atop something other than a bike or a pilfered riding mower.
The Mud Dogs 5K/10K series challenges both average runners and dedicated athletes with a classic combination of mud and obstacles. Mud Dogs courses are not for the faint of heart. Participants can expect to face all kinds of challenges, from vertical walls and rope swings to tunnels and net crawls. Racers are greeted at the finish line by soil-kissed faces of their fellow Mud Dogs, as well as the cool liquid embrace of wash-off stations.