An official PGA Tour event, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open sets a field of 132 tour pros against the rugged desert terrain of TPC Summerlin, with all proceeds benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children. The four-day, 72-hole tournament tees off around 7 a.m. on Thursday, as pros chip and putt through arroyos, canyons, and lush bentgrass greens in pursuit of a $4.4 million purse rumored to contain a pack of much needed tic tacs. Some of golf's best players are invited to play in this storied event, which was first won by Fuzzy Zoeller in 1983, served as the stage for Tiger Woods's first professional PGA Tour victory in 1996, and witnessed PGA tour history last year when Jonathan Byrd aced a hole-in-one from 204 yards. Jonathan Byrd, along with Charley Hoffman, Martin Laird, Nick Watney, and other top PGA tour stars are scheduled to appear. Viewers can clap out encouraging incantations while following their favorite player or claim a prime spot off the 18th hole to watch pros emerge from the course's rich flora to drop approach shots on a green wrapped by a lake, bunkers, and the pressure to finally win the approval of indifferent godparents.
Referred to as the "fastest-growing pro sports league in the nation" by NBC Sports correspondent Rick Chandler, the Lingerie Football League energizes audiences by pitting two exclusively female teams in alluring uniforms against each other for a chance to participate in Lingerie Bowl IX. On October 21, the ferocious Tampa Breeze takes on the Cleveland Crush, a team known for intensely tackling opponents and pulverizing grapes into wine while running in place. Equipped with football pads, leg garters, and one canister of catcall repellent, the athletes prove their power during each exciting full-contact game of pigskin.
At Bodysport Fitness Center, highly trained instructors motivate pupils of all athletic abilities during high-intensity group boot-camp classes designed by experienced personal trainers. During each coed session, a barrage of full-body workouts replaces lazy fitness routines and helps build lean yet strong physiques. Each trainer adapts his or her program to fit the personalities and abilities of the students, and changes the regimen routinely to confuse muscles, enraging them until they get strong enough to do something about it.
Exercisers feed off each other’s energy during the fun 45-to-60-minute sessions, cultivating a group bond and camaraderie based on mutual success and encouragement. The recently revamped program may incorporate elements of kettlebells, free weights, kickboxing, and even yoga alongside classic boot-camp musts, including calesthenics, plyometrics, core workouts, and primal screaming. During comfortable weather, students work away excess calories in scenic outdoor parks and move into the gym’s 8,400-square-foot facility in cases of extreme heat.
A flock of tired dancers traipse out of the studio, their ballet shoes brushing the floor in hushed footfalls as they head off to change. On their way, they pass members of the next class, dressed in yoga pants and sweatshirts. Clear-eyed and hungry, the new group stretches. Thumping hip-hop beats fill the room, and, with only a moment's hesitation, they launch into the first of many energetic routines that will fill that session. This is the way of life at The Beat Dance Academy, where owner Amanda Sizemore and her instructors live by a simple motto: dance is the only form of art “where the artist is also the masterpiece.”
To mold their artists into graceful and strong works of art, instructors teach classes in 15 dance and fitness styles that range from lyrical to Pilates. A combo class encourages children ages 2-5 to move with rhythm and timing, while adult jazz classes unlock the body isolations, leaping, and technical steps fortify the genre’s fundamentals. Meanwhile, aerial classes invite nimble bodies to balance and twirl on a suspended silk or hoop, using their muscles to stay off the ground without calling upon their latent powers of flight.
Designed by a former marine, an army training officer, and an ex-baseball pro, The Scorpion Warrior extreme obstacle course tests the physical and mental toughness of every contestant. The Scorpion Warrior is a 2.5-mile endurance course that snakes through 25 extreme obstacles such as a 40-foot tire run, an 8-foot wall, a 16-foot-long elevated balance beam, and removal of the blindfold and cement block ankle weights once the race is over. Singles and teams race to the finish line as they compete for more than $1,800 in cash, with every division guaranteed a prize. As they compete, a digital chip tracks times, and the staff snap three photos that upload automatically to contestants' Facebook pages. After charging to victory, racers relax with food, games, raffles, a family-friendly concert, and an appearance by Miss Nevada 2011 Alana Lee.
Shots ring out across the Wild Wild West paintball field as players belly-flop behind hay bales and crouch-walk through the saloon. On a second field, players storm a castle and sprint past water towers, racing to the center to capture the flag planted there. Those two battlegrounds at Las Vegas Premier Paintball are ripe with chances for team strategy, and a third, smaller field dotted with inflated obstacles creates a fast-paced game that requires you to be fleet-footed and quick on the draw.
Five days a week, teams suited up with full facemasks engage each other in just such battle across the facility's outdoor fields. With the addition of overhead lights, the center now stays open later on Wednesday nights, allowing players to battle away from the sun’s heat. Paintballing groups of 10 or more can also reserve the field of their choice for birthdays, bachelor parties, or corporate team-building events.