After teaching art in public schools for three years, Jen Holloway wanted to put her Master's in Art Education to use in a different way. Channeling a desire to bring people in touch with their creative sides while pursuing her own artistic endeavors, she founded Heart to Art. Her workshops unleash the murmur of creation, letting the flick of brush against canvas sound in the light-flooded, industrial interiors of In The Raw Sushi, one of the several local eateries that have served as hosts. At each event, she progressively guides students through a chosen topic or artistic style, supplying all materials, including paints, aprons, and back braces for refrigerators laden with masterpieces. To help students relax, she encourages them to snack on appetizers and sip drinks during painting time. Jen also leads private events such as bachelorette parties, reunions, and company picnics, which participants can look back to fondly by gazing into the colorful swirls of their completed painting.:m]]
PTF Batting Cages proves its dedication to helping individuals and teams practice their fundamentals by keeping its 4,000-square-foot indoor training facility open 24 hours a day. In addition to two turf-lined batting cages, the facility includes a pitching cage with a regulation-size dirt mound that is maintained every night by a team of carpenter ants. Additionally, real-time recording equipment helps athletes analyze their form. Between mock innings, visitors can peruse a wall with framed pictures of baseball legends or relax in the lounge area, which includes a television and vending machines that only dispense bowls of Wheaties.
Ryan Dobbs began resculpting bodies 11 years ago, when he first acquired his personal-trainer certification. As his career progressed, he logged more than 13,000 hours of training experience, helping hundreds of students punch through the walls barring them from their fitness goals. Eventually, with the aid of his wife Amanda, he opened Evolution Personal Training, a 10,000-square-foot private gym that he now uses to house his Edmond Bootcamp classes.
The dynamic training duo outfit their gym with constantly updated machines, kettlebells, and stability balls, replacing worn-out equipment and upgrading to equipment they've judged more effective. Every new exerciser begins with waist measurements and receives a dietary plan that limits calories and maximizes nutrition. Attendees also get Ryan and Amanda's personal numbers for 24/7 access to coaching, motivation, and counseling on how to maintain a healthy relationship with their dumbbells.
Legacy Sports Academy eliminates offseason woes by keeping baseball players' bats and gloves in shape throughout the year. With huge indoor batting cages that are 65-feet long, 15-feet high, and 14-feet wide, players can hone long-range accuracy on both pitching and hitting abilities and practice interpreting the elaborate signal dances of far off batting coaches. Fifteen-foot high ceilings, artificial-turf ground covering, and siding nets also help to keep players focused by eliminating fears of wild bounces. The batting cages may also be outfitted with adjustable Jugs pitching machines or regulation portable mounds. The outdoor baseball field at Legacy Sports Academy is built to college-league standards to keep players' uniforms stocked with an ample supply of regulation dirt. Though the field only permits bunting and tee hitting, players can practice fielding and base running to their cleats' content. Customers can reserve a date and time for field or cage rental by contacting Legacy Sports Academy by phone or by visiting the facility during office hours.
Owned by Steve Nunno—the two-time USA Olympic coach and trainer of Olympic champion Shannon Miller—Star Gymnastics is a state-of-the-art facility where children go to get an elastic education. Classes are typically one to two hours long and cover fundamental gymnastic movements and routines. All classes are broken up by age and skill level to ensure each child receives the utmost attention during somersaults and hand stands. Fun, flips, and fitness for kids are the central themes at Star Gymnastics, and parents are invited to watch their children’s feats of grace and athleticism in the open-viewing area.
As racers scramble through the mud, bikes spray dirt and leap over obstacles. This outdoor mayhem lasts for nearly a full day during each of Beastathlon's obstacle-race events, with heats taking off every 30 minutes. Each course spans two–three sections—or disciplines—designed to test the body in different but equally challenging ways. Participants may surmount up to 10 obstacles on a 1- to 1.5-mile run, complete a 50- to 100-yard "hell dash" through a muddy, obstruction-filled pit, and pedal along challenge-filled trails on a 1- to 1.5-mile mountain-bike race. Competitors are divided into multiple divisions by gender and age group, and each can earn a winning race time as well as awards for best costume or bike decorations.