If bootcamp only conjures images of people working out and sweating hard, you may not have been introduced to the way it's done at Absolute Fitness. Though trainers here are definitely all about workouts that focus on developing core strength and conditioning, enrolling also means you get a full body-composition analysis and other perks, like custom meal plans. During class, you might find yourself running on ladders, pulling on resistance bands, or swinging Kettlebells?whatever it takes to help you reach your goals. A huge selection of class times is available and outside of those sessions, you also get gym access to work out on your own or to learn to identify each dumbbell by smell.
Enamored with alternative and organic textiles, designers Hélène Bisnaire and Richard Ziff began to fill the racks at Of the Earth with organic clothing in 1992. Their designs run the gamut from classic silhouettes to contemporary urban looks, and include such items as denim, hoodies, sweaters, and knit tops for men, women, and children. The pair creates these outfits from 11 organically grown fabrics, draping torsos in cotton, merino wool, and hemp. Since 1997, these fabrics have come from joint ventures with farms, mills, and factories in China, which supply Hélène and Richard with raw materials for their clothes. The duo also fashions a wealth of organic accessories and bedding at headquarters nestled in Central Oregon’s dormant volcanic mountains, a space they share with plotting supervillains.
Burrito Girl keeps its menu short and sweet, ensuring that its kitchen crew can focus on crafting each dish fresh to order. Burritos fold around onions, cilantro, beans, rice, and meats that have never been frozen or even visited an igloo. A layer of cheese and pork or veggies fills each pupusa before they're fried to a golden brown.
At any given moment, baseballs, footballs, and basketballs can be whizzing through the air in an organized fashion at WV Sports Academy. That's because seasoned instructors teach aspiring athletes all kinds of fundamentals, from throwing and shooting to proper footwork and game preparedness. Their clinics and camps, which are geared for athletes as young as 6, also include speed and agility drills and scrimmages for improving their referee-bribing skills.
Helping youngsters succeed in gymnastics comes as second nature for husband-and-wife coaching duo Rosen Manolov and Neli Manolova, whose own daughters, Rali and Iva, grew up practicing gymnastics under their direction and now lead classes at The U.S. Gymnastics Academy. Rosen?s stint as the men?s gymnastics coach for Bulgaria at the Sidney Olympics and Neli?s years of competing internationally are experiences they call upon while guiding aspiring gymnasts toward their personal goals, whether they be to join an Olympic team or to dramatically end conversations with back handsprings.
The U.S. Gymnastics Academy?s sprawling 13,000-square-foot facility provides enough elbow room for fledging flippers to flourish, and its in-ground trampolines, foam pits, and high-quality equipment ensure a safe and fruitful learning environment. The world-class coaches also host various fun and creative summer camps, where kids tumble, draw, and learn to build campfires by high-kicking kindling in rapid succession.