There once was a time, not so long ago, when riding horseback was a necessary skill for simply getting around. That time may have passed, but trainers such as Mel Lueck still see plenty of value in mastering the equestrian arts.
The owner and namesake of Lueck Stables LLC, Mel leads a team of instructors who work one-on-one with students of all ages and abilities. In a typical lesson, riders are first paired with a horse that suits their size and skill level. Then, they get acquainted with the animal by practicing basic grooming and handling skills and learning where the "On" button is located.
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Run by an energetic husband-and-wife team, Banks Country Fitness CrossFit is a gym dedicated to functional fitness. Here, lifts, pushing, and squats are paired with gymnastics movements and weight work, giving the entire body a full workout. The CrossFit discipline is known for featuring a different Workout of the Day each day, preventing students from growing bored or hitting fitness plateaus. Clients can work out individually or as a team as they burn fat, boost their metabolisms, and build muscles as hard as month-old bagels.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.