Teammates skirt the abandoned RV, dart through the open door of a downed helicopter, and duck for cover behind a concrete bunker. After a pause, a player stands to check for enemies on the landscape of dusty huts and fences?only to have paint splatter across his chest. On Blitz Paintball's five recreational paintball fields, players immerse themselves in the thrill of paint-based combat through a range of scenarios. The staff designs regularly changing games for each field, including the traditional Capture the Flag or UN treaty signing, and also allows players to create their own styles of play.
Players rent standard semi-automatic, Tippmann A5, or high-end markers, pressurized tanks, and masks, and they prep for combat in a 5,000-square-foot shaded staging area. They're then turned loose to compete on the football-field-size Hyperball field, the Spool field, or themed Urban Combat, The Castle and Military Base fields, upon which elevated fortresses allow players to duck for cover from the aggressive native pigeon population. Projectiles whisper through the air in a two-story, 7,000-square-foot castle, where warriors work their way into an interior courtyard and massive throne room. Two regulation PSP tournament fields host more competitive play with astroturf and padded barriers.
With very few trees on the course, golfers' views of the Rocky Mountains—which soar across the western horizon—are seldom obstructed at Saddleback Golf Club. The open terrain also makes the lengthy, 7,090-yard layout more manageable, as golfers can consistently reach for their driver off the tee. Even with an open expanse, golfers are constantly challenged, as most of the course's greens are heavily fortified with sand and grass bunkers, and two holes—the par-three 4th and the par-four 16th—feature de facto island greens, almost fully wreathed by water hazards. Simply reaching the putting surface does not guarantee a good score, as the course's large, multi-tiered greens will make for many long, hard-to-read putts. To prepare for the round, golfers can take a flyover tour of the course.
Though the course is a serious challenge, Saddleback Golf Club encourages golfers of all stripes to enjoy their time on the links. While the scorecards at most clubs include a recitation of basic rules and etiquette, Saddleback's card strikes a much more laid back tone, imploring players to "have phun" and "kick your ball if you hit a bad shot," while reminding them that "scoring is optional." The carefree vibe extends to the Club's instructional programs, where golf pros pass on birdie-hunting wisdom and caddie scolding tactics.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course designed by Andy Johnson * Length of 7,090 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 72.5 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 130 from the farthest tees * Five tee options * Scorecard
The Freedom Carpet Cleaning technicians strip carpets of unseemly blemishes with hot-water extraction, a technique that uses a powerful mist of water in tandem with nontoxic solvents. The staff preconditions carpet before all deep cleaning treatments and can spruce up any service with Green Balance's eco-friendly products for an extra fee. They demonstrate the same diligence when dealing with upholstery, and throw extra elbow grease into erasing pet stains with Pet Zone's oxygen-based solution. Beyond floor-bound fibers, they team also escorts area rugs from clients' homes, performing a nine-step process of cleansing, hand combing, and drying rugs inside their shop's climate-controlled room. A final coating of DuPont Teflon carpet protector creates a force field around precious rugs, protecting threads against foot traffic and the tear stains that stem from milk spills.
At CrossFit Domo, certified CrossFit coaches guide athletes on their fitness journeys according to CrossFit’s principles of varied, functional fitness. Coaches design a new Workout of the Day (WOD) each day, which might blend fitness disciplines such as cardiovascular training, weightlifting, plyometrics, and gymnastics into an intense and calorie-burning workout. WODs are continually evolving, but it’s not uncommon to see CrossFit Domo students practicing some combination of lifting weights, running, rowing, performing bodyweight exercises, or working out with unconventional equipment such as tires and sledgehammers.
Dancer, choreographer, and certified Pilates instructor Alisa Schillinger fell in love with dance as a high-school student—a love that she now passes on to the students at Axis Of Movement. Teaching dance styles including hip hop, breakdance, tap, ballet, jazz, and lyrical, Schillinger and her staff help students to master leaps, turns, taps, and splits. When not pirouetting through the studio, Alisa also teaches Pilates, and an on-staff massage therapist helps keep bodies limber in ways that have nothing to do with spelling out YMCA with your arms.
The main rule at CrossFit MHz is “no excuses.” Coaches expect each athlete to push themselves hard during Workouts of the Day—custom workouts that change daily. Though the workouts are never the same, they might include exercises such as running, rowing, weightlifting, cardio, plyometrics, and gymnastics. CrossFit MHz also features unconventional exercises or challenges that include tasking a group of four ladies with performing 1,612 kettlebell snatches in a two-week period.