PGA Class A Professional Scott Marson imparts swing-honing advice to aspiring aces from Links at Summerly’s verdant golf course and practice facilities. The passionate pedagogue eats every meal with a modified divot tool to maintain the well-oiled swing mechanics he has mastered through 20 years of teaching. Bolster your orb-blasting skills with today’s first option, which grooms golf swings during a one-hour lesson to impart solid form and smooth out herky-jerky backswings. The package also includes a five-hole playing lesson, during which players can enlist Scott’s sage counsel through strategic quandaries, such as when to hit driver, when to play it safe with a 3-iron, and how to break a disobedient nine-iron’s rebellious spirit. With the second option, Scott augments each lesson with the use of video swing analysis, providing players with an invaluable visual aid while also documenting their progress through three, one-hour sessions.
Vital Climbing Gym combines the facilities of a rock-climbing center with the comforts of a coffee lounge, giving members a place to strengthen their bodies and relax their minds. The 24-hour gym entices members to climb at any time of day without concern for injury on rocky walls that are built for bouldering, a style of climbing that keeps climbers low to the ground and requires no safety equipment or backup support. Before or after climbing sessions, clients can relax on a comfortable couch, sip a hot beverage from the espresso machine, connect to the gym’s WiFi network, and talk technique with fellow climbers.
Kempo’s movement patterns may look beautiful—fluid, swooping kicks, graceful evasions, smooth takedowns—but underneath the beauty lies a tradition nearly 2,000 years old. Since 1968, the instructors at United Studios of Self Defense have armed students with these techniques, leading classes where participants of all ages and skill levels soak up fighting skill while galvanizing self-confidence.
But before they can share their tactics and Mortal Kombat cheat codes, the instructors themselves must be trained. Each instructor who cinches the black belt around their waist has graduated with honors from the Studio’s own rigorous training academy. The training doesn’t stop there; every week they meet with the founder himself, 10th-degree black belt Charles Mattera, who refines their strategies and instills them with advanced techniques.
Alias Movement Center's instructors back up their dance steps with impressive résumés. Natalia Morales has performed at famous events such as the MTV Movie Awards, and she holds a master's degree in education with an emphasis in dance. Alexis A. Weisbrod, meanwhile, got a bachelor's degree in dance from the University of Minnesota and then grapevined on to obtain a PhD in critical dance studies from UC Riverside. At Alias Movement Center, they teach adult students of all experience levels in classes such as ballet and contemporary.
Riders young and old gallop through the hills of La Cresta under the tutelage of Equine Experience's head trainer Shannon Pagliuso. An avid equestrian since she was six years old, Shannon draws upon experiences picked up while riding for her IHSA team in college, where she also earned a degree in horse ranch management. She doles out instruction in both English and Western riding styles to students as young as five, who can practice on their own horse, ride one of the ranch’s gentle lesson steeds, or pretend to learn while bobbing back and forth on a rocking horse.