Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
Rebel Race's military-style obstacle courses challenge athletes from all backgrounds to shed humdrum day-to-day routines to experience the primal joys of mud, sweat and glory. Emerging from the mire in various states across the country, each Rebel Race packs its rucksack with tests of physical and mental toughness, rousing racers and washing machines alike to triumph in the face of sloppy opposition. After dashing through fire, climbing walls, and scaling mountains of hay, race participants bask in the collective kudos of parties, which include live entertainment, food, and beer for purchase. Camping options encourage participants and spectators to transform races into weekend getaways, while awards recognize each day's standout competitors and most-humble mud pits.
Dr. Jeremy Tremblay first discovered the powers of chiropractic in his 20s, when a several-month bout of excruciating back pain disappeared in only three visits to his local specialist. Ever since, Dr. Tremblay has devoted himself to chiropractic study, garnering a bevy of degrees that have culminated in his current tenure at Quest Chiropractic. An advocate of natural healthcare, the doctor bolsters his chiropractic exams and spine-straightening adjustments with a complete holistic regimen that includes nutritional counseling, massage therapy, corrective exercises, and role-playing games with the office's skeleton model.
For some, hearing “boot camp” conjures up images of red-faced drill sergeants and grueling obstacle courses. At Ambler Bootcamp, nationally certified personal trainer Blair Baxter tries to keep the mood a bit lighter. His supportive approach to fitness is visible during indoor camps and personal-training sessions, where his fun mix of cardio, strength training, and core exercises help keep muscles and minds engaged. To implement these workouts, he rolls out dumbbells, kettlebells, ropes, and TRX suspension-training gear—which encourages stretching—as well as a poster of a kitten hanging from a tree.
Wood beams, exposed air ducts, and dangling lights tower above yogis at Blossom Yoga as experienced teachers guide students through yoga maneuvers. The schedule of classes, held in a stunning rehabilitated barn that was originally constructed in the 1700s, accommodates all experience levels. Instructor Ginger walks beginning body benders through movements during Yoga Basics sessions, Alexis focuses on intermediate and all-levels classes, and Kathleen works with more experienced students.
The experienced doctors and dental hygienists at DentaPearl Family Dentistry bring compassion to the job and thoroughly explain each procedure to their patients. During both routine and cosmetic procedures, the staff use the latest technology, such as composite fillings and digital x-rays, which reduce the amount of radiation emitted from traditional x-rays by up to 90 percent. In addition to basic exams, DentaPearl's doctors administer root canals, dental implants, and "the Lauren Hutton."