High cholesterol and high blood pressure—the doctor who gave trainer Emeka Umeh this diagnosis unknowingly lit a fire beneath a patient already tired of his XXL-sized wardrobe. Emeka worked to overcome the unhealthy habits that had fallen into, completing hardcore workouts that eventually slimmed him down to a mere 10.3% body fat. With compassion for those in similar plights, Emeka now guides patrons of all fitness levels through intensive workouts designed to boost their metabolism and tone their musculature at Fit Body Boot Camp. Each session combines both cardio and strength training, drawing together innovative suspension training and battling ropes with primal strength-training techniques that hark back to when early humans first drove their Camaros out of the primordial soup. Over the course of camp, many patrons see slimmer physiques and beefed-up brawn emerge. In addition to leading boot campers, Emeka also offers personal-training services, conducts body assessments to chart his clients' progress, and outlines nutritional plans, pushing his patrons to live healthier lifestyles.
A five-time American Taekwondo Association World Champion, senior master Von Schmeling, began Victory Martial Arts to teach pupils confidence and leadership skills while imparting martial-arts techniques. Classes capped at 30 students, with at most 10 students per instructor, cover disciplines such as general martial arts, krav maga, and self-defense for thwarting assailants and heavily armed spiders. Budding martial artists hone their craft alongside loved ones in family sessions or practice maneuvers in age-specific sequences for kids, teens, or adults.
SoccerZone's expert staff instills soccer and football know-how in students of all skill levels within its state-of-the-art indoor recreational space. The 50-minute youth soccer classes teach kids ages 3 to 12 the basics of soccer, such as ball handling, dribbling, and passing. Choose from the Mommy + Me (Daddy too) classes ($66, 3-year-olds with parent), Koala Kids ($78, 4-year-olds), Kangaroo Kickers ($84, 5 to 6-year-olds), Junior Stars ($84, 7 to 8-year-olds), and Super Shooters ($84, 9 to 12-year-olds). Pigskin proponents can opt for the co-ed flag football fundamentals class (an $84 value), which teaches beginners and intermediate players ages 5 to 12 the essentials of non-tackle football while focusing on techniques like passing, receiving, and forming defensive strategies. Football instruction includes non-competitive scrimmages, which emphasize good sportsmanship and teamwork.
Professional dancer Tiffany Russell's early career saw her gliding across some of the world's most prestigious stages, winning applause with her nimble footwork in productions of My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, and The Wizard of Oz. When Tiffany and her family settled in Lansing, she had trouble finding a dance studio with the scheduling flexibility she needed as a parent and the challenge she craved as an artist who trained with the Russian Ballet Academy and the Broadway Dance Center.
She subsequently founded Spartan Fit Center in 2010, where adults with hectic work schedules can shimmy in anytime for drop-in ballroom classes, and kids can find plenty of opportunity to study pirouettes and greco-roman swan wrestling in after-school ballet classes. The center's esteemed chorus line of dance teachers is well-versed in a multitude of performance styles, enabling wide-ranging instruction in dance varieties that include hip-hop, contemporary, and lyrical.
A 63-hole golf complex carved through rolling, water-kissed terrain, Hawk Hollow features several sprawling venues for golfers of all stripes to hunt for birdies. The club's signature course, Eagle Eye, showcases 7,323 yards of fairways and greens sculpted with consultation from course architecture guru Pete Dye. Water comes into play on 14 holes, including the par-three 17th, which features an island green that—like peace between two feuding couples—can only be reached by bridge.
With 27 championship-length holes, the Hawk Hollow course itself lets players select which sets of nines to combine for a full 18-hole round, and two more executive courses—the par-36 Woodside and the links-style Falcon—round out the club's diverse range of courses. The emerald grounds also encompass the Little Hawk Putting Course, a circuit of bent-grass greens carved through sand traps and mounds shrouded in thick rough.
At Shinn’s Tae Kwon Do, Master D.S. Shinn—who is a 7th-degree black belt and has been teaching for 19 years—and his assistant instructors lead adults and children in martial-arts classes. The instructors offer a combination of tae kwon do and hap ki do, teaching self-defense techniques that also bolster physical fitness. The experienced and credentialed instructors also offer family classes where parents and their children can practice together.
Tucked away in the shadows of pines and hardwoods that were planted in the late 1940s, Timber Ridge Golf Club's 6,585-yard course roams through dense tree lines, rolling hills, and native marshland to form a scenic, challenging layout. The Club's new golf carts come equipped with internal GPS systems, which tell players the distance they must hit the ball to clear water hazards, the yardage at which a dog-leg fairway begins to curve around the trees, and the whereabouts of every squirrel that has a golf-ball burglary on its record. The 18th hole brings rounds to a dramatic end, as golfers must dial in their approach shot to a green guarded by water on the left side and bunkers to the right.
Golfers can improve their skills with lessons from Class A instructor Greg Beavers, who became the club's head golf pro after a stint at Walt Disney World Golf. In addition, players can fine-tune their swings at the grass-tee driving range or master short-game strokes at the chipping and putting greens. After rounds, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and cold drinks from a full-service bar await at Rubey's Grill.
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