As the inventor of the Swing Thing training aid, PGA professional Dennis Dawson often uses the device during lessons to correct imbalanced swing mechanics and develop consistent, successful swings. Drawing on 35 years of instruction, Dennis focuses on the fundamentals of a fluid swinging motion, particularly the importance of spinal angle, balance, and a follow-through that includes a seamless pirouette. While students hit shots during a lesson, Dennis diagnoses particular maladies responsible for undesirable flight patterns. Students first practice swinging without the ball or a caddy on their shoulders to get a feel for correct mechanics and then repeat the motion until proper form is built into muscle memory.
Professional tennis player Sam Querrey has been ranked in the ATP’s top 20 players in the world—but that may never have happened if it wasn’t for Tim Schnaible. Schnaible served as Querrey’s personal coach in the tennis star’s formative years of 10–16, helping mold his big serve and net-charging game into one of the world’s most formidable talents. Today, as the owner and director of tennis at Match Tough Tennis Academy, Schnaible continues to train players with the help of a staff of former high school, college, and USTA standouts. The Academy offers group lessons for adults and juniors of all abilities, as well as pro-shop services including racket stringing with a 24-hour turnaround.
Kiska the wolf was the first wild animal to roam the grounds at Moorpark College. She soon became part of the Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) Program. With the addition of landscaping and enclosures that mimic natural habitats, the program transformed into a 5-acre zoo with primates, coyotes, emus, and an African lioness. The zoo currently houses almost 135 animals and caters to students in the EATM. In addition to class work, they visit the zoo daily, learning how to train and care for exotic animals. Patrons can witness these interactions with the animals at the shows or during the animal demonstrations where student trainers present animals performing behaviors they have trained.
Rather than having their students segue from Pilates sessions to the free-weight room, the instructors at Fitness Movement merge the benefits of strength and cardio routines into single group classes. With certifications, marathons, and competitive bike races in their respective backgrounds, they steer guests through workouts that last 60 minutes or less. They acclimate guests to the studio's specialized equipment during their sessions, whether they are mixing Pilates stretches with cardio drills aboard SPX resistance machinery, or demonstrating how to body roll on balls that therapeutically manipulate tissues. They stress safe and slow form over showing off, which is why newcomers are encouraged to bring spandex shorts lined with molasses. They can also augment their classes with nutritional guidance, standing by a holistic approach to full-body health.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library celebrates the life and career of the 40th president, Ronald Reagan, with informational and interactive exhibits and historical tours through the campus's museum and library. Visitors browse numerous historical exhibitions, including a fragment of the Berlin Wall, a replica of the Oval Office, and a granite memorial honoring the time President Reagan defeated Mikhail Gorbachev at arm-wrestling during the 1988 Olympics. Additionally, visitors can check out George Washington's dentures and other presidential artifacts at temporary exhibits, or explore Air Force One 27000, the Flying White House that served seven U.S. presidents from 1973–2001.
Ghouls, goblins, angels, and bumblebee's trample through the friendly filth at the Conejo Valley Halloween Mud Run. Racers sweat in running spandex or costumes as they complete either a 5K or 10K course complete with hay bales to hurdle, walls to climb, and mud pits to throw incriminating evidence into. The prospect of warm showers greets racers as they finish, along with food vendors, exhibitors, and live music. Racers power through the muck in groups of 75–100 fellow crazies, each affixed with an electronic chip for accurate race timing.