My Tactical Advantage's experienced trainers help their pupils build up a strong sense of self-worth and hone their bodies into shape. A former U.S. Marine Sergeant draws from his experiences bodyguarding presidents and defending embassies to teach his students about fitness and close combat. During aerobic boot camps, he helps them put their doubts and self-judgments in a crippling suplex with kettlebells, stretching, toning exercises, cardio and strength training, cardio kickboxing, and mitt work.
Far more than a mere gym, My Tactical Advantage helps its students build all-important self-esteem. The identity-reconstruction program helps people adopt new personas for themselves by emphasizing positive character traits, such as bravery and the ability to chew through iron bars. In addition to empowering individuals, the fitness and training center aims to improve the community by nipping violence at its root with the pro-responsibility and anti-bullying TRUST youth program.
Theresa Taylor—the eponymous instructor behind T Taylor Fitness—believes that fitness and fun go hand in enthusiastically fist-pumping hand. Clad in bright leggings or the occasional tutu, she leads upbeat Zumba dance parties designed to sculpt strong arms and toned stomachs. Whether teaching the original workout’s lively Latin-inspired steps or encouraging older participants during Zumba Gold sessions, Theresa cultivates a lively, supportive environment for students of all fitness levels.
Ladies shed more than just calories as they twirl around poles in classes at Swing Fit—their inhibitions go out the window, too. The studio’s experienced instructors inject a healthy dose of fun into fitness as they guide students of all levels through 60-minute workouts. Though cleverly disguised as fun and flirty dance routines, these pole-fitness workouts target the abs and arms with strength and cardio exercises. The studio's new hip-hop cardio class presents an equally stylish option for staying in shape. This modern routine blends a bass-driven soundtrack with exercises designed to send each client's metabolism and street cred skyrocketing. When they aren’t leading classes six days a week, Swing Fit’s instructors teach girls sensual ways to twirl and spin during private, group parties.
At Extreme Fun’s inflatable playland, kids bounce, climb, and slide across 27,000 square feet of springy tunnels and obstacles. With feet snug inside socks or thumbless mittens, young ones can explore the climate-controlled play area’s collection of sturdy inflatables, which include Nickelodeon characters, Superman–theme obstacle courses, and Finding Nemo stations that take kids through the cushy mouth of a great white shark. In addition to the inflatables, extreme Fun also features a collection of interactive video games.
For more than 65 years, Wesley Berry Flowers has bestowed beautiful bouquets upon local and long-distance clients. Four brick-and-mortar locations stand teeming with fresh floral formations such as bright yellow and white daisies ($26.99), which arrive bursting out of a glass bubble bowl, or a Hooray for Birthday mug ($39.99), which toasts birthday boys and girls with a decorated coffee mug packed with red, yellow, and purple flowers and a Happy Birthday balloon. Gift givers can charm friends and compel grizzled whaling-boat captains to reveal their sentimental sides with distinctive tokens that include the happy gaze of the Teleflora Party Bear ($39.99) and the luxurious rain-scented bath oils and salts of the Anti-Stress bath set ($34.99), bundled inside a blue woven basket. For wishful wooers, a dozen of Wesley Berry's fresh roses can be snagged in a spectrum of romantic hues, perfect for romancing a beloved or providing him or her with a pleasant-smelling set of thorny backscratchers.
At Fem Fatale Dance Studio, Rosalind Leath and Debra Cherveny pool a certification in dance education and professional ballet training to transform students into lithe, graceful artists. The duo teach everything from ballet and tap to modern and lyrical, and have developed children, adults, and skeletons in top hats with no prior experience into light-trippers capable of winning awards at regional and national competitions. Each season starts in September and runs through June, culminating with an annual dance concert that attracts around 2,000 guests.