Oliver Karate Academy is a traditional martial arts school for children and adults. Teaching students to defend themselves, along with the basic tenets of respect, discipline, and self-confidence, the experienced instructors here offer lessons in traditional karate in small group sessions. In addition to defense techniques, students gain strength and burn calories.
It makes sense that Karate 4 Kids offers tae kwon do classes for the whole family—kids, teens, and adults. The company is owned and operated by the May family, who all have achieved a black belt in the martial art. The Mays don't just help students defend against attackers, though; they also help them defend against calories and fat cells during yoga and kickboxing classes.
A golf-training ground replete with an expansive driving range and a 36-hole miniature-golf course, Golf Center of Arlington helps golfletes foster control of dimpled orbs in both aerial and earthbound shots. Saunter up to the smooth, undulated surface of the putting course for a lesson in the kinetic dynamics of rolling spheres. The refreshing mist of seven waterfalls and the gentle burble of intervening canals provide an elysian setting for a fruitful bonding session between player, bearded alter ego, and putter.
At Hip Hop Heels, high-heeled shoes aren't dainty accessories, but fierce dancing tools. Owner Geena Ngaaje encourages her students to don comfortable heeled boots for her signature classes, thereby increasing the workout for their lower bodies and injecting the choreography with style. Geena and her team practice a combination of hip-hop, street, and burlesque dance, often channeling the moxie of celebrities such as Beyoncé and Ciara. They also pull from personal experience as performers—their resumés list back-up gigs with the Black Eyed Peas, LL Cool J, and Pitbull.
Their sessions aren't geared entirely toward stars on the rise, however. Whether they're demonstrating sensual hip rolls during Pumps and Grinds or the seductive shimmies of Cabaret, they cater to women of all experience levels, from first-timers to fellow pros and animated characters that are drawn to dance. They also host workshops for beginners, which focus on becoming confident in heels. Private parties allow guests to choose their preferred dance style for a customized lesson, and special-event workshops cover entire routines, including holiday-themed performances set to "Santa Baby."
Summit Climbing Gym sprawls across 10,000 square feet lined with towering structures for boundless bouldering and rope climbing along with its own onsite yoga studio. Manmade walls adorned with brightly colored handholds emerge from the ground, daring aspiring climbers to decode their paths. Fingertips dipped in rock chalk learn to cling to the hardened monoliths with firm grace, keeping on the lookout for the single book spine that triggers access to a revolving door and secret chocolate fountain. Guests can gab with experts about form and new-equipment purchases at the climb shop, or take a breather on a comfy couch to rest, reflect on a new route, or admire their brand-new Popeye forearms.
In addition to its scaling structures, Summit Climbing Gym hosts yoga classes in an on-site studio to boost climbing flexibility. Here, guests choose from a variety of formats, including CoreFusion, Slow Flow, Power Yoga, and Yin Yoga, a pose-intensive class that helps range of motion and strengthen connective tissues.
At Absolute Boxing & Personal Training for Women, personal trainers with vast martial-arts experience, including UFC manager Francois Nguyen, help men, women, and children of all skill levels get into fine fighting form. The team combines the fundamentals of boxing and kickboxing into heart-thumping sessions capable of incinerating calories, toning muscles, and arming students with the self-defense techniques necessary to ward off bullies. Personal trainers expand upon fight-based conditioning with yoga instruction, massage therapy, and a promise to hold clients accountable for the goals they set, such as running 10 miles or high-fiving 10 strangers each day.
Inside the climate-controlled environs of his 8,500-square-foot training center, Jeff Isler heads a team of teaching professionals that helps students of all ability levels shave strokes off their scores. Each lesson illustrates the importance of the game's fundamentals, such as grip, ball position, and posture. Players absorb these principles through customized drills, practice, and a steady diet of putting-green grass. Novices learn to build an efficient, repeatable swing, and seasoned veterans see what bad habits might be holding them back, such as an overly steep downswing. The teaching team also employs a number of different technologies to assist with the instruction process, with the TrackMan launch monitor and K-Vest training system treating students to further analysis of their techniques.