Michael Ockrim enjoys being between a rock and a hard place. As the creator of Backyard Beefcake Fitness, he expounds on fitness workouts that make use of the natural and manmade world to build functional strength and total-body fitness. Michael eschews treadmills and bicep curls for chopping wood, pull-ups on a tree limb, or sit-ups while suspended from the peak of Mount Everest. Preaching an attention to the mind-body connection, he leads indoor boot-camp sessions, personal-training sessions, and outdoor camps that help prepare for an upcoming mud run or obstacle-course race.
Unlike an outdoor field, The Perfect Swing's more than 60,000 sq. ft. facility isn't ever affected by bad weather or movie crews shooting yet another inspiring comeback story. The sound of cracking bats and thudding balls fills the training space rain or shine year-round. Baseball and softball players face off against seven automatic pitching machines, which hurl balls at speeds between 35–70 miles per hour, while pitchers work their arms in 17 practice tunnels.
The Perfect Swing also offers four indoor turf fields for year-round baseball, softball, and soccer. Shoppers who are looking to stock up on softball and baseball equipment can visit the on-site store.
Athletes aren't left to swing and throw blindly, though. The Perfect Swing boasts a staff of more than 25 baseball and softball instructors, including many current and former professional players. During private and group instruction, these experts help students hone fundamental skills in areas such as hitting, pitching, catching, fielding, and agility. Instructors also lead outdoor baseball camps during the summer months.
Dr. Ryan Molis specializes in Invisalign procedures, which he has performed since 2001, treating enough patients throughout his career to earn him a designation as an elite preferred provider and in the top 1% of all Invisalign providers. His staff at Molis Dental keeps patients smiling with everything from family check-ups to cosmetic laminates, crowns, and veneers.
Think of Midwest Express Clinic as a pit stop?a streamlined, speedy health center that bypasses the long waits and high costs of a typical hospital. Patients can make quick in-and-out visits to the physicians of the clinic to investigate aches, repair minor cuts and injuries, or ensure long-term wellness with periodic checkups. Immunizations ward off disease, B12 injections can boost metabolism and weight loss, and x-rays can reveal skeletal structures or nickels swallowed during a quick dip in the Buckingham Fountain.
Deborah House, owner of Whole Health Network, helps clients to rejuvenate and find relief from stress and discomfort naturally with a menu of holistic body treatments. She believes many ailments can be eased through colon hydrotherapy, which flushes impurities from the digestive tract, and she recommends further detoxification through lymphatic massage, ear candling, and swan dives into a pool of Purell. Raindrop therapy harnesses the power of antimicrobial essential oils, and reiki recalibrates the body's energy levels and polishes auras to a high gleam.
Pivotal Dance & Yoga's certified yoga instructor uses her 13 years of experience as a ballet and jazz teacher as inspiration for all-level classes that emphasize Vinyasa Flow methods. One-hour morning yoga classes shepherds pupils through a series of flowing poses that increase strength, enhance flexibility, and develop the body's underused charades muscles. Instruction in Wednesday-night Zumba classes lets cadenced steppers boogie down to pumping Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow dance moves, which hoodwink cardio-hating toes into action with their lively party atmosphere.