For more than 20 years, John and Kathy Tidwell and the team at Bear Creek Archery have been sharing their knowledge via professional lessons and classes and supplying recreational and competitive archers with state-of-the-art equipment. Kathy is a multiyear NFAA national indoor champion, and her range has been known to welcome numerous state archery champions to its 16 lanes. Experienced male and female instructors introduce both kids and adults to the sport and coach advanced junior athletes toward success. Part of the facility's draw may be a Dart interactive video archery system that simulates an outdoor adventure with realistic targets.
The Tidwells' crew recommends bows made by top brands including Mathews and Hoyt and a wide variety of large premade aluminum and carbon arrows. They stock helpful accessories such as decoys, quiver mounts, and semicircular bow cases that can just as easily store half of a leftover pizza. The shop's technicians also perform equipment repairs and restring bows.
Progressive Health Center is a nonprofit organization that integrates Eastern and Western therapies to help treat cancer, neurological disorders, and chronic conditions. The family physicians, chiropractors, Chinese-medicine practitioners, and massage therapists work together to boost patients’ spirits and physical strength with treatments such as acupuncture, music therapy, and nutritional counseling. One of the more uplifting therapies is laughter yoga—a treatment that gets people laughing together in a group without requiring them to come in feeling happy or carry around their own jack-in-the-box. To facilitate these services, Progressive Health Center has partnerships with the Swedish Medical Center and Craig Hospital. Its founder, Sue Goodin, and medical director, Allison Archard, are executive-committee members of the Cancer Care Initiative, which raises money by hosting events such as benefit concerts.
At Colorado Handgun Shooting School, NRA-certified instructors Sherry and Jon Vargason make safety the focus of every class, whether they're working with a first-time student or a seasoned T-shirt cannon operator. They teach at The Shootist Pistol Range, leading classes such as the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course and a concealed-handgun course that qualifies students to apply for state concealed-handgun permits. To help clients feel as comfortable as possible, Sherry and Jon also organize women-only classes, as well as private one-on-one instruction.
A-1 Scuba & Travel Center sports a full-service dive center that's outfitted with top-of-the-line scuba and snorkeling equipment to suit-up underwater explorers of varying abilities. The approximately one-hour Discover Scuba class wets the gills of those who dream of mastering aquatic depths, but who aren't quite ready for the commitment of a certification course. Each introductory class includes use of the facility's diving suits and apparatus and features a certified instructor-led diving session held in A-1's on-site pool, which is heated and contains far fewer krakens than the actual ocean. Classes run approximately one hour, and students need only bring a swimsuit, towel, and any personal-hygiene items.
Clambering up a brick wall. Vaulting over a railing. Somersaulting down from the top of a wall. It's all part of parkour. In APEX Movement’s 11,000-square-foot gym, parkour classes build a fitness foundation for students aspiring to these advanced tricks. APEX’s founder, Ryan Ford, mastered these moves—as well as basics such as quadrupedal movements, basic gymnastics, and freerunning tricks—through trial and error. Now that parkour has become a more established sport, he teaches newbies more efficiently than he taught himself, aided by a team of instructors. All have completed a 120-hour training program, and are well-versed in subjects such as “Demon Drills,” an online series focused on complex parkour stunts rather than on donning a horn-equipped headband.
The team complements their parkour training with a variety of other classes in gymnastics, freerunning, and daily changing CrossFit workouts. The gym also hosts solo workouts, where visitors can conquer Ninja Warrior obstacles such as the salmon ladder and the unstable bridge or bounce on trampolines and other gymnastics equipment. They can also wield strength-training tools such as kettlebells, dumbbells, and bells that have hands and try to push pack.
Lee Martin began his baseball career playing junior-college ball at Long Beach City College before moving on to become an All Big West pitcher at Long Beach State University. Though an injury mere weeks before the College World Series ended his playing career, it couldn’t subdue his passion the sport. Today, Coach Martin shares his experiences as the varsity pitching coach at Columbine High School and by giving players a venue to hone their skills at The Batter's Box. Inside the spacious facility, Coach Martin and his expert staff help students perfect baseball technique during four-week speed-and-conditioning camps as well as one-on-one video analysis to review pitches and swings. Visitors sling pitches from three indoor mounds and strengthen their hitting skills in 55-foot retractable cages, whose Iron Mike or Jugs pitching machines launch balls endlessly or until the machines get called up to AAA teams. While players master the art of fielding, parents can read while waiting in a lounge equipped with free WiFi and Nintendo 64 for younger siblings.
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