For 28 years, Master John Carroll has assisted students in the journey to fitness by teaching Shorei Goju karate, guiding pupils from fledgling white belts to expert black belts. Master Carroll and his fellow instructors currently engage students of all ages in the study of martial arts and fitness. They arm students not only with karate techniques, but with the more meditative skills of tai chi and even the Latin-infused dance moves of Zumba. During these Zumba lessons, certified Zumba instructors blast Latin beats and lead easy-to-follow dance routines, ideal for burning calories or surviving the effects of a rampaging musical number.
Since becoming a pro instructor in 1988, PGA teaching professional Michael Camastro has fine-tuned the swings of aspiring aces in more than 25,000 lessons. When Michael encounters a new swing, he looks for subtle adjustments he can make to improve it without disrupting the natural style of the students' form. To help reveal problematic swing habits or the translucent souls of any loitering poltergeists, Michael uses slow-motion video swing analysis in all private lessons, one of many technological teaching aids he calls upon to enhance his diagnostic powers. With a staff that consists of two head instructors and three assistant aces, Michael Camastro Golf Academy spreads score-shaving tactics and techniques in private, group, and imaginary golf lessons.
Home of the Illinois Women's Open, Mistwood Golf Club's idyllic greens provide challenges and triumphs to golfers of all skill levels. Their dream team of talented instructors transform golfbabies into hotshot spheroid-swatters through dedicated instruction. The one-hour lesson (a $100 value) gives players the opportunity to solicit tips from professional tip-givers, who will spill the beans on links secrets such as ideal putting stances and automatic hole-in-one passwords. After stocking up on wisdom, students can hone their chops on an unlimited supply of range balls (a $20 value). In addition to the private lesson and golf balls, swingers can pair up with an instructor for a nine-hole playing lesson (a $180 value, green fees and cart rental included), where they'll together navigate the myriad bunkers and water hazards that pepper the course, before settling down to discuss the volatile price of Bitcoins at lunch (a $15 value).
Featured in Golf Digest as one of the best courses on Route 66, The Links at Carillion consists of 27 impeccably maintained holes spread across three distinct nine-hole courses. Golfers can choose to play any two of the courses. With diversely shaped bent-grass fairways, undulating greens, and five sets of tees, each course presents unique challenges to all levels of golfers. The White Course's generous fairways entice aggressive tee shots, but particularly ill-struck drives are likely to practice swan dives into encroaching water hazards that come into play on six holes. The ninth hole is nicknamed The Gauntlet, a tricky par 5 with water seemingly everywhere on the initial drive, with multiple high-risk, high-reward shot options along the slight dogleg left peninsula. On the Red Course, duffers encounter two dogleg right holes and plenty of short par 3s and 4s, which favor shot placement over exhaustive drives from far-reaching mannequin legs. Deep bunkers pepper the Blue Course, making pinpoint approaches a high premium throughout the round, as the course's slick, subtle breaks and heckling flagsticks offer enough difficulties to give even the greatest green gurus a case of the yips.
Designed in a country-club style by PGA professional Gordon Cunningham, Woodbine Golf Course welcomes linkspeople with 6,020 yards of challenging tracts populated with bentgrass tees, fairways, and greens. The layout’s five ponds, natural-grass preservation areas, and clusters of grabby-branched trees have beckoned both low- and high-handicap golfers for nearly a quarter of a century. A contorted fairway and aquatic hazard make the 14th hole the course’s hardest, and the 4th hole ranks second hardest with a tricky dogleg left whose elbow hosts a sand bunker that lures distractible golfers with a siren song of sandcastles.
After games, golfers can retreat to Woodbine's clubhouse. At the Timber Restaurant and Bar, flat-screen TVs flicker above a long wooden bar, diners feast on pasta and pot roast, and a stone fireplace provides the ideal backdrop for tales about 9-irons that transformed into 10-irons with hard work and a little gumption.
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Phoenix Health and Fitness trainer Dave Krohe’s expansive list of clientele includes the cast of the hit TV show The Biggest Loser, attendees at police academy, and college athletes. A former military personnel and police officer, Dave’s broad range of experiences helps him curate effective fitness regimens for students of all levels and fitness goals. Informed by his experiences and his degrees in physical education and kinesiology, he blends cardio-fitness, cross-training, and muscular-endurance exercises into personal-training sessions and boot-camp classes that encourage students to slim down, beef up, and forge healthier lifestyles. Dave provides his motivational personal-training sessions both in gym and home settings.
At Tiger Kwon’s Martial Arts, aspiring fighters have the unique opportunity to learn a martial art directly from its founder. Grandmaster Kwon, a ninth-degree black belt with more than 68 years of experience, combined elements of tae kwon do, hapkido, and kickboxing to create his own system—Kwon Mu Do—which he teaches alongside a team of fellow instructors. Other classes offered at the studio include Zumba dance fitness and Turbo Kick cardio kickboxing.