Within Fairways and Greens Golf Center’s 25-acre practice and instructional facility, resident aces equip golfers with score-shaving tools and techniques during lessons and club-fitting sessions. With an expert staff that earned a position on Golf Digest's list of America’s 100 Best Clubfitters, Fairways and Greens utilizes a vector launch monitor to deduce which metal sticks best suit each player’s swing, physical attributes, and genetic magnetism.
A seasoned purveyor of outdoor sporting equipment, River Sports Outfitters' adventure experts put gear to work on indoor climbing walls and local kayaking excursions. Rock-top scramblers suit up in provided harness and shoes at the climbing gym, lined with vertical slopes that impersonate cliff faces with gritty-textured walls, rocks in many shapes and sizes, and animatronic dancing mountain goats. Climbers of all skill levels can strengthen and stretch muscles on ascents up the tall rope-climbing wall, or free-climb on the shorter bouldering walls, which lose the rope and vertical ascent in favor of low routes that challenge spidery-men to master specific maneuvers and grips.
Smoky Mountain Tennis Academy’s seasoned professionals introduce adults and novelty miniature adults of all ages to the nuances of tennis with a potpourri of clinics and lessons. The one-hour cardio clinic takes advantage of the sport’s high-energy movements to burn away superfluous calories while building up the stamina to endure perpetually deuced tennis matches or sped-up comedic chase scenes. One-hour Quickstart clinics impart the game’s essential skills and strokes to kids 10 and younger using fun movement activities and games. Eventually, they’ll graduate to playing real matches and—far more eventually—adulthood.
SalsaKnox owners and instructors Waldo Solano and Jacqueline Sellers direct students of all experience levels in the art of salsa and the slower, more sensual bachata dancing. Students attend group classes to learn dance fundamentals such as how to properly lead and follow, leading to laser-like precision in post-class games of Simon Says. Solano and Sellers share professional techniques that emphasize footwork and add stylistic flair to body movements. The pair also tutors dancers in important body signals that help partners to synchronize steps and silently discuss the stock market. First-timers can groove confidently without need of a partner.
The riders and technicians at Harper's Bike Shop love bicycles, and their love for riding is matched only by the joy they get from helping other cyclists. For 50 years, Harper’s has outfitted riders for the pathways, streets, and mountain trails around Knoxville. The crew helps riders find bikes to suit their riding needs, and perform custom bicycle-fitting services to ensure a great match. In addition, the crew repairs and rebuilds ailing cycles with a complete list of services that includes adjusting brakes, truing wheels, cleaning drivetrains, overhauling suspensions, and kicking some sense into tires.
Terry Bullman brings experience as a professional boxer, kickboxer, and cage fighter to every class he teaches at Bullman's Kickboxing & Krav Maga. His passion for martial arts has even led him to develop a show called The Human Weapon, which aired on the History Channel. Bullman now concentrates his efforts on teaching students krav maga, a practical, real-world form of self-defense designed by the Israeli Defense Forces and employed by US law enforcement.
The studio also offers Kick Fit classes that combine real muay thai kickboxing techniques with plyometrics and floor exercises for an all-around workout.
The instructors at National Martial Arts work diligently to help students young and old build self-defense skills, confidence, and a strong work ethic via martial arts. Children as young as age 3 begin their journeys through martial arts, and adults can choose from lessons in MMA, kickboxing, circuit fitness, and krav maga sessions, which focus on real-world self-defense techniques.