By placing science, mathematics, and technology at the core of their program, the teachers at Overachievers Academy Inc. prepare students in elementary and middle school for a prosperous future in the tech industry. These professionals use the Backwards Design Model, meaning they start with conceptualizing the desired results, then move backwards to sketch out a suitable approach for achieving those results. That kind of reverse-engineering has led the team to some unconventional techniques, such as integrating lessons on story-telling and graphic design into their more quantifiable lesson plans.
When Gilbert and Josephine Morejon opened their first restaurant, customers lined up around the corner to get a taste of their Cuban-style roast pork, paella, and stuffed lobster. Nearly 50 years have passed since then, and the lines have disappeared, but only because the Morejons collapsed their restaurant business in 2012 to focus solely on catering. Today, Latam Catering services parties and events—from small family gatherings to large weddings—across the city.
Customers can choose from pre-designed menus featuring items such as Cuban-style roast pork, rib-eye steak, and blackened shrimp, or they can work with the chefs to customize their own. Though David Morejon handles the food, they do have an event planner on staff to help interested clients with all the little details, such as decor and music and deciding whether it's appropriate to throw rice cakes at the bride for easier cleanup.
CrossFit 428's dedicated trainers, Ricky, Hope and Jethrie, strive to help clients of all shapes and sizes—from stay-at-home moms to competitive athletes—achieve their personal fitness goals through dynamic workouts. Unlike other weight-lifting or cardio exercises, the CrossFit method builds strength using functional movements people perform on a daily basis, such as squatting, reaching, and running away from the guy who's running away from the cops. During the one-hour workouts, participants work to perfect 10 areas of physical skill, which include cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, power, and agility. The staff also provides nutritional guidance to augment the process of becoming fitter.
CrossFit Body-Mechanic’s coach Casey Schmidt—who placed among the top 21% of athletes at the 2012 CrossFit Games Open—blasts away body fat with what he calls “the sport of fitness.” He and his students compete against their own best times, heaviest weights, and highest number of reps to become leaner, meaner functional athletes.
Loveland Yoga Loft transforms rigid-limbed organ vessels into lithe movement machines with yoga classes taught in a variety of styles. Vinyasa, Anusara, and Ashtanga classes provide challenging flows for developing lean muscles, straightening postures, and readying chakras for marathon sessions of badminton. Within a supportive and small group setting of up to 10 students, seasoned yogis provide plenty of one-on-one attention to help correct techniques and encourage strategic breathing patterns. Classes are scheduled multiple times daily, with flexible hours to suit the demands of students and their busy agendas battling sentient chemistry textbooks.
Since their near-simultaneous invention in the 1930s, yoga and Pilates have been locked in the smiling ferocity of mortal frenemy combat, each vying for wellness superiority. Today’s Groupon lets you choose sides: for $25, you get two yoga or Pilates classes (or one of each, normally $20 a piece) along with an eyebrow shaping at Palm Wellness Center (normally $15), a combined $55 value. Receive a full bushel of physical uplift with toning exercises and slick facial aesthetics that scream 2010.