Midwest Carry Academy's shooting experts aim to imbue students in three states with the skills needed to responsibly bear arms. The instructors' backgrounds range from the NRA to law enforcement to military, and they draw on these experiences to teach handgun courses. In these classes, teachers help both entry-level and advanced shooters hone their skills, master efficiency, and transition smoothly into cinematic slow motion. Additionally, the instructors themselves continuously take new courses to further develop their skills as booth teachers and gun handlers.
Jay Pearson’s expertise may lie in diplomatic protocol (which he learned during his 14 years at The Foreign Service Institute in D.C.), but his passions lie with children’s and corporate etiquette. That’s why he and his staff welcome students of all ages to polish their performance in various social situations at the only school of it's kind in Mississippi. For example, their adult programs teach workplace leaders how to communicate. Whereas kids’ programs relay everything from the basics of saying hello to interviewing dos and don’ts.
At Energy N Motion, AFAA-certified personal trainer Lauren Smith combines the privacy of home workouts with the equipment and instructorship of gym workouts. Inside a homely gym space that features wooden floors and lime-green walls, Lauren and her team of fitness instructors lead students through private and semiprivate personal-training sessions and small-group boot-camp and circuit-training classes. Gym visitors can work up a sweat in the cardio area, strength-training area, or a free-weight area that has dumbbells, resistance bands, physio balls, bosu trainers, and a baby grand piano used for squats.