Racing pulses pound in players' ears as they dive for the safety of sturdy PVC bunkers, narrowly evading the infrared ammunition of their opponents? faux firearms. This scene unfolds in almost any setting as First Person Sports brings the action to each party. First Person Sports has given many players the opportunity to enjoy a game of laser tag outdoors. And the spaces have varied in size. Some were the size of a tennis court while others took up 60 acres. Adventurists, athletes, and thrill seekers may also take up a bow and arrow during an archery tag event, where the arrows fly by in a game similar to dodge-ball, where players are armed with archery bows and arrows instead of red rubber balls.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
From Ronaldinho to Pelé, many of the most renowned soccer players in history hail from Brazil. The country is steeped in a love of the game that took over Rodrigo Nunes’s life early on. Long before founding RNunes Olé, he lived in São Paulo, where his father was a coach, his uncle was a professional player, and his brother was a trainer.
With the help of a handpicked group of certified coaches, he now passes on some of the soccer knowledge he has accumulated through drills and during talks at camps and clinics. Kids as young as 2 years of age squeal across the fields at the academy, learning to dribble, shoot, and pass. Punctuated by the soft pop of a foot against the soccer ball and the trill of coaches’ whistles, pupils at specialized clinics hone their ability to protect the goal or find legal loopholes that allow terriers into the league.
The laws of physics seem to bend at Hotspot Glass Studio. Some visit to watch artists melt, twist, blow, and shatter their one-of-a-kind medium, and others get their gloves dirty in a class or workshop. The studio offers group sessions, private instruction, curricula for different experience levels, and a few courses just for teens. Once students have been endowed with a bit of glass-bending know-how and have learned to exhale fire, they can rent studio time from Hotspot. Many guests are content to bring their own masterpieces home, but for those who want works of professional craftsmanship, the studio also accepts commissions. In addition, owner Dylan Cotton and his fellow Hotspot artists craft light fixtures, centerpieces, and more to customers' specifications.
Dental Studies Institute of New Jersey provides continuing-education courses in medical concepts and techniques to help prepare adults for emergency situations or careers in the medical field. The Institute's classes include blood-borne-pathogens training, sign language for the dental team, and CPR training.
Trek Bicycle Store of Fairfield and Trek Women beam with a brand-new glass and brick visage, behind which bike-handlers preside over an expansive stable of Trek-brand two-wheeled steeds as well as the tools necessary to keep bikes running at full bore. The staff help customers navigate through a maze of hybrids, road-touring, triathlon, and mountain bikes saddled to the specifications of a range of age levels. Shelves buckle under the weight of bicycle pats, accessories, and apparel for male and female cyclists. Headlights dissuade foreign objects from collision, accessory bags keep electronics secure, Bontrager and Pearl Izumi’s leather and gel gloves protect hands, and Capo’s breathable fabric tops keep skin cool during pulse-pounding rides and volcano-jumping stunts. To keep older bikes riding like their newer cousins, the store’s technicians pamper rides with a comprehensive regimen of equipment checks, adjustments, and cleaning in a range of bike tune-ups, ensuring sailing as smooth as a freshly buttered pair of roller skates.