Led by the experienced fitness guru Ryan Layman and his troop of knowledgeable trainers, Longview Recreation Center's boot camp motivates participants with peer power and intense physical exercises that last 30–45 minutes. Like Christmas sweaters and the length of fingers, no two workouts are ever the same. This boot camp adheres to the mind-body fusion approach, which strategically uses your own body weight in a combination of balance, resistance, cardio, sweaty camaraderie, and yoga stretching. For best Baconnaise-burning results, the professional motivators at Longview recommend attending boot camp two to three times a week. Check out the schedule to determine the best time (morning or night) and place (indoor or outdoor classes) to receive your swift kick in the pantaloons.
Zoysia-grass fairways and bentgrass greens weave through the water-kissed grounds of Longview Lake Park to form Fred Arbanas Golf Course’s 18-hole championship layout. Relatively open fairways invite aggressive shots off of the tee, back-loading the difficulty with large, fast greens—which were renovated in 2009—that make any two-putt or impromptu croquet contest a tricky proposition. The back nine takes golfers along the shores of Longview Lake, where scenic panoramas abound at spots such as the course’s signature 403-yard, par 4 12th hole, where an elevated green looks out onto placid waters. Just north of the championship-length course, golfers fine-tune their short and midrange games at a 9-hole par 3 course or attempt to break the sound barrier by belting drives at the full-length, grass-tee driving range.
When he was a child, Michael Russell spent a lot of time in his father’s darkroom, watching and helping him develop photographs. As Russell grew into an adult, he still loved photography but opted to pursue a career in front of the camera as a television news reporter. Even as he interviewed celebrities, presidents, and wax statues of presidents, he found himself most engaged with shooting his own video, and with framing shots of natural landscapes and wildlife. He eventually would leave his broadcasting career to teach photography full time, and venture on expeditions to scenic vistas and art fairs. During Russell’s workshops, his picture-snapping protégés can pick his brain as they practice various photography concepts and sample professional lenses.
The staff at Transformations Wellness Spa, led by Cindy Simon and her 30 years of experience working in medical clinics, focus on detoxifying bodies and restoring inner balance. To do so, they call upon colon hydrotherapy and supply Kangen water, both of which are designed to regulate the body’s pH level, and infrared saunas that oust toxins from fat cells. Aesthetic services come in the form of paraffin facials and non-surgical facelifts, which send electric currents to skin cells to make them initiate the repair process and produce collagen and elastin.
Built upon more than 15 years of personal-training experience, Fitness Together helps clients spill pounds and hoard muscle with personalized exercise programs and nutritional guidance. Brawn-building activities and cardio routines join forces at every turn, making calories melt faster than a snowman's heart at a fondue party in his honor. Heart rates surge during interval workouts, which challenge the body with spurts of high-intensity movement. To avert strength-training plateaus, trainers rotate the time-tested resistance exercises they use and teach new, proven methods for toning muscles and giving noogies to prairie dogs.
When Ruthann Zentner began studying yoga, she soon realized that its focused breathing, emphasis on enhancing flexibility, and core-strengthening poses could help people of any age achieve mental and physical wellness. Throughout her yoga journey, she spent time working with Shakta Khalsa, a renowned children's yoga instructor, which inspired her to educate children through engaging stories and kid-friendly yoga classes as a certified yoga storyteller. Within the teal-green walls and dark wood floors of the studio, kids limber up while having fun during yoga-centered games, working off the stresses of filing lemonade-stand taxes. Adult students learn the basics in beginner-level yoga classes, or strengthen their cores and improve their balance in PiYo, which merges elements of Pilates and yoga into high-intensity routines. For her older students and those unable to do floor work, she partners poses with four-legged props in chair yoga.
Ruthann also trained under Sadie Nardini, an empowerment speaker, yoga and anatomy expert, and Healthy Hedonism lifestyle leader, and received training in Bootybarre, which combines strength, flexibility and cardio. At The Zen Zone she strives to share the latest trends and practices in yoga and Pilates with her students.