Make no mistake about it: one of Gracie Barra Veneration's chief goals is to help students defend themselves in hand-to-hand combat. That's why the studio specializes in Brazilian jujitsu, a martial art that focuses on grappling in close quarters. But there's another, equally important lesson that the instructors hope to impart. The same qualities that make one an effective fighter—discipline, creativity, and self-confidence—are just as useful in other aspects of life, such as work and relationships. The studio strives to instill these qualities in each student, one takedown at a time.
"If it's important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse." That's the mantra by which CrossFit Outrival head trainer Kelli Rossow lives. And the philosophy has served her well, as evidenced by her CrossFit Level 1 and Russian Kettlebell Challenge certifications, her career as an MMA competitor, and even her reign as the Battle of the Bay's Bikini Contest winner in 2009. At CrossFit Outrival, she and fellow instructor Jennifer Rothwell refuse to accept excuses. By facilitating camaraderie among their CrossFit students, they create a supportive environment for them to get fit, despite the challenging nature of functional-movement CrossFit classes.
Patricia Regner, a devoted mother with an MBA, has something else up her sleeve: she’s also the founder and owner of Miss Pole. After deciding that her life needed some serious changes, Patricia enrolled in pole-dancing classes and was so inspired, so enthusiastic, and so dramatically altered that she decided every woman should have the opportunity to feel confident, strong, and sexy. Hence Miss Pole was born.
At Miss Pole, she leads classes that explores fitness and physically challenging aspects of pole dancing fitness. She leads beginner, intermediate, and advanced pole-dancing classes that cover hundreds of moves that tone the entire body. Other classes include lap dancing, burlesque, and sexy/sassy stretching.
Having honed his aviation skills in helicopter cockpits for 45+ years, the head pilot at Midwestern Helicopter leads a team of FAA–certified pilots in performing helicopter tours, charters, and pilot instruction. They steer a fleet of three Robinson R-44s and two R-22s over cityscapes and country vistas with photographers, pollinators, surveyors, or sightseers onboard, continuing a crash- and speeding-ticket-free record begun with the company's inception four years ago. The flight team acquaints new flyers with immediate actual flight experience during introductory flights and helps students to achieve private, commercial, and flight-instructor certification during FAA courses. As authorized merchants of Robinson aircraft, they can also hawk helicopters or perform maintenance on various models inside heated hangars without having to first notify the aircraft's next of kin.
It may seem difficult to pause and enjoy the view while you're hurtling through the air in a 120-mile-per-hour free fall, but for World Skydiving Center visitors, it's worth it. That's because they get to experience this thrill in one of two places: Kenosha, WI, where they enjoy the sight of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Lake Michigan, and Jasper, FL, where the 130-acre airport about an hour away from Jacksonville, Tennessee, and Gainesville allows jumpers to see Florida's expansive green spaces. After jumping in tandem with an experienced diver, individuals can take home a video of their gravity-defying feat.