Melissa Flores grew up dancing, but ultimately became fascinated with the focused movements of Pilates. After completing a 700-hour training program under the guidance of one of Joseph Pilates's prot?g?s, she felt ready to fulfill her childhood ambition of teaching and opened Pilates & Yoga for Life in her own home. Three years later, she was able to acquire more space and equipment to accommodate the growing student base, relocating to the studio where she and her team of instructors work today.
To ensure students receive the utmost guidance, Flores requires her team of instructors to complete the same rigorous training program she did. Because she emphasizes personal treatment, her staffers also learn how to adjust their lessons for students of all skill levels. This attention to detail allows them to modify exercises on floor mats or Gratz-manufactured apparatuses according to each client's past injuries and specific goals. Relying on hands-on corrections and in-studio polygraph machines, they see to it that participants are truly taking away the maximum benefit from each core-bolstering move. To further flex physical boundaries, they also helm a variety of yoga courses.
Golf Headquarters attracts golfers of all stripes with three courses, including the 18-hole executive Pheasant Run Golf Course, an 18-hole pitch-and-putt course, and an 18-hole miniature-golf course. The par 57 Pheasant Run Golf Course challenges players to send orbs spinning past bunkers and water hazards even after the sun has set, when lights illuminate the zoysia fairways for golfers who haven’t yet acquired an owl familiar to guide them through the night. When winter blows in, players can take to the driving range, where 12 of the 40 hitting stations are covered and heated, and aim balls toward raised target greens. At the clubhouse, a 2,500-square-foot pro shop nestles alongside the Roost, where guests can perch at a horseshoe-shaped oak bar or rest by a gas fireplace on the patio as they drink in views of golfers sprinting across the finish line at the 18th hole.
More casual players can tackle the pitch-and-putt course, where balls must cross distances of 40–100 yards to reach the full-size greens, or hone their short game at the miniature-golf course, dotted with serene ponds, streams, and waterfalls.
In most facilities, a 10,000-square-foot pool filled with 121,000 gallons of water would max out the entire space. But at Renaud Spirit Center, a pool that size is just the beginning. Though it hasn't been deemed a lake by city officials?yet?this massive body of water resides inside the center's Natatorium. Swimmers can splash year-round while zipping down the 185-foot water slide, sneaking in a nap down the lazy river, or doing some laps in separate swimming lanes.
Still, Renaud Spirit Center has 66,000 square feet of space to play with, so there are plenty of other, dryer options to choose from. Visitors can stop into the fitness area, populated by cardio machines and free weights. The center's fitness classes, which range from yoga to fitness classes for seniors. Somewhere amongst its labyrinth of activities, Renaud Fitness Center also boasts a gymnasium, which features two full-sized basketball courts and volleyball courts.
With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Tire & Auto has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
The highly trained stylists at Bounce Salon tame unruly manes with swift, precise snips and extensive training with Moroccanoil and Pravana color products. After a brief consultation to determine the client?s desired look, they shear away split ends, imbue tresses with all-over or partial color and highlights, or fight frizz with straightening blowouts, ultimately helping strands attract positive attention instead of negatively charged balloons. When needed, Bounce's staff plucks blow dryers from where they hang on the ceiling, just as they extract unwanted bristles during various waxing services.
Nylon pants—one of the secrets to gaining more speed while going down an inflatable slide, according to the staff at Jump 4 Fun. Kids aged 2–15 can test this out on the center's two slides, which stand tall at 18 and 16 feet. Other inflatable playthings include jumpers and basketball hoops, perfect for tots to practice their slam-dunk approach. An obstacle course provides friendly competition for older kids, while toddlers can play safely in their own area.