The owners of One Heart SUP believe life should be as active, which is why they love stand-up paddleboarding. It's an adventurous activity that everyone can participate in. Atop the sun-glinted surfaces of Harris Lake or Lake Crabtree, One Heart SUP's instructors lead one-hour paddleboard classes. In the Paddleboard 101 class, they'll cover the basics?from standing and balancing to other paddling techniques. The activity provides a great workouts, strengthening cores and sculpting muscles throughout the body. During Sunrise Paddle tours, you can glide along the Harris Lake peninsula before breakfast. Or take the Yoga class to practice on-water meditation without resorting to underwater downward-dog poses. For the already initiated, One Heart SUP also rents paddleboards Monday through Friday for afternoon paddles or lunchtime glides.
Crooked Creek Golf Club blankets the rolling Carolina countryside with a 6,271-yard layout that challenges golfers with dramatic elevation changes and high-risk high-reward opportunities. The longer of the two halves, the front nine showcases numerous shot-making opportunities, including the drive on the par-four third hole, where golfers must choose to play it safe or try to cut the corner on a water hazard that hugs the left side.
Dramatic elevation changes await on the course’s second act, where the rolling terrain is intersected by multiple water hazards and sweeping views of the surrounding topography. After a day at the links, golfers can refuel with a cheeseburger or a platter of torn up scorecards at Club’s restaurant, The Turning Point Grill.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,271 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 70.4 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 132 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
Although the art of taekwondo may have origins thousands of years into Korea's past, Master Michael Wegmann and his wife Julia inject a modern approach at Vision Martial Arts. Together, they teach effective techniques to kids, women, and men, imparting equally valuable lessons in self-defense, exercise, and mental discipline. They run their six academies with help from a team of trained instructors, who all focus on developing mentor-like relationships with their students through personal attention and powerful speeches delivered atop school desks. At select locations, they also teach a form of kickboxing similar to krav maga.
Fuquay Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teaches its eponymous martial art according to the curriculum of the Caio Terra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association, founded by six-time world champion Caio Terra. On the path toward earning a black belt, students hone their martial-arts skills as well as intangible qualities such as self-confidence, perseverance, and an appreciation for the musty smell of floor mats.
Through its camps, recreational classes, and competitive teams, Apex Gymnastics helps hone students’ physical skills and mental acuity. A dedication to safety and discipline informs the staff’s approach as they help participants gain strength, flexibility, and the agility to back-handspring to school every morning. In addition to regular lessons, Apex’s coaches offer up birthday parties with gym activities and present-opening time, as well as Parents’ Night Out, which provides a safe environment in which kids can play and allows parents to alphabetize their rock collections in peace.
The Bicycle Chain is a chain of specialty bike stores offering bicycles, service, and repair, as well as cycling accessories. These titans of two-wheelers contain full-service repair centers staffed with friendly, knowledgeable salespeople and qualified technicians. Today's Groupon is good for one Tune-Up package, which gives any chromatic cruiser the attention needed to forgo future therapy and remain comfortable for riding. All brakes, shifters, brackets, and bearings, as well as the tire pressure, will be adjusted to the ideal level for riding safely over a vast field of banana peels. Frames and forks will be polished, and chains and gears wiped down and lubricated where necessary. Cranks, bolts, and pedals will be tightened until the bike is ready to be cleaned and polished like Yul Brynner's head. Post primping, The Bicycle Chain's mechanics will advise you of any problem areas, such as a worn brake pad or piece of spinach in your teeth.