Holding a state certification and multiple NRA training certifications, Julio A. Cortes leads an instructional team drawn from retired law-enforcement, military, and SWAT personnel. Specializing in basic pistol instruction—including women-only courses—Gulfcoast Firearms Academy's instructors qualify students to apply for a state concealed-weapon permit by teaching fundamentals such as basic terminology and situation awareness. For students desiring more-advanced training, they also lead tactical pistol and rifle shooting classes, imparting skills from one-handed reloading to shooting from a standing, seated, lying, and fetal position.
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.
Terrace Hill Golf Club's par-30 executive course boasts 1,854 well-groomed yards of Bermuda grass around its nine holes, which well-situated lights keep playable day and night. Whether illuminated by the sun or elevated electric bulbs, the course's sloping fairways and greens challenge two players' swinging skills—or the putting aptitude of one player over two visits—as they traverse them in a cart or roll down them in sleeping bags. After visiting all nine holes, golfers may conclude their visit by heading to the driving range and forcefully smacking a small bucket of balls to impressive distances, or patiently hitting them one by one. Players must schedule a tee time at least 24 hours in advance.
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.
UCP's nationally accredited Early Childhood Education program practices inclusionary education, in which children with developmental disabilities interact with and learn alongside their typically developing peers, developing new social and communicative skills from their engagement. Kids without disabilities who are in the program learn how to respect and interact positively with people who have disabilities. UCP hopes to encourage reading in all of these young children by exposing them to books that they can explore by turning pages and pointing to pictures. With this campaign, UCP hopes to stock its library with new books for its preschool program.
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.