Inside Melting Point’s sultry studio, woodblock Buddha prints smile serenely upon students as they smoothly transition through a series of body-strengthening poses. The temperature hovers between 100 and 105 degrees, ensuring that beginning and advanced practitioners can attain deep stretches, detoxification, and bowls of soup not quite warm enough to be enjoyable. Wide-blade ceiling fans and bamboo-hardwood floors evoke a tropical bungalow, and wide windows carry a flood of natural light into the studio space. Because of the high temperature, towels are mandatory during classes; students can bring their own or rent towels and mats from the studio. After class, students can capitalize on their primed and supple muscles with a Swedish or neuromuscular massage from a licensed massage therapist.
Students at The Rock MMA & Fitness Center get the chance to learn from and train with an undefeated professional boxer, a 10-year jujitsu veteran, and a professional mixed-martial-arts fighter. All accolades just happen to belong to one man, Coach Matt. Joined by wrestling veteran Coach Brian and a team of qualified instructors, Matt teaches a full week of martial-arts classes, such as kickboxing, jujitsu, boxing, and mixed martial arts. He rounds out the schedule with conditioning and fitness-focused training, including a boot camp and hours set aside for open use of any of the gym's equipment.
After listening to professional instruction from Local Paddler's guides, total novices can paddle their standup paddleboards through the crystalline waters of North Carolina's lakes and rivers. Instructors teach newbies to stand upright on their boards, showcase J-strokes, sweep strokes, and other fundamentals, and also impart water-safety lessons, such as never drink the entire lake in one sitting. Local Paddler's shop furnishes all equipment for aquatic adventures, which unfold along the scenic shorelines of Falls Lake, Wake Forest Reservoir, Lake Norman, Lake Wylie, Tailrace Marina, Mountain Island Lake, or the Catawba River.
Equipment: Paramount, Cybex, Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Muscle Driver, Rage
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Dr. Larry Compton fixes problematic teeth with his sharp dentistry skills and technology. He uses a special computerized anesthesia system that numbs one tooth at a time, which diminishes excessive numbness and the typical drooling that occurs with other anesthesia methods. A soft-tissue laser helps Dr. Compton remove diseased patches without the need for a scalpel or stitches. When he’s not fixing smiles in the office, Dr. Compton shares his extensive knowledge with others during seminars and long waits at the DMV.
Devan Kline was a pitcher in the minor leagues for the San Francisco Giants, focusing his attention on making it to the majors when another career opportunity blindsided him. In the summers of 2009 and 2010, he began helping Vanessa—the mother of the host family he lived with during home games—train to get back on shape. Devan witnessed firsthand her rapid transformation as she lost 45 pounds, and he saw the positive impact it had on her and her family's lives. The grateful clan told Devan that his time with them had changed their lives, and it’s then that he knew he wanted to dedicate himself to helping others in the same way. That’s when he founded Burn Boot Camp.
Now, Devan—with the help of a coterie of trainers—conducts indoor boot camps in six locations, using exercises that Devan himself used to get into shape during his days as a professional athlete. The team supplements those regimens with loads of body-weight-resistance training and heart-pounding cardio drills that include sprinting short distances or boxing defibrillators.