Not content to merely determine prescriptions, optometrists and staff members at the Brandywine Vision Associates also manage eye disease, conduct LASIK consultations, and procure high-end eyewear from brands such as Giorgio Armani, Michael Kors, Juicy Couture, and Prada. After an exam determines patients' prescriptions and algebra skills, they pick out frames furbished with lenses in ultrathin, scratch-resistant, polarized, or high-def varieties, or grab contacts. Customers can visit on weekdays, evenings, or weekends.
Just removed from the eastern banks of the Schuykill River lie the 18 holes of Linfield National Golf Course, a hybrid layout that incorporates elements of both links and parkland course design. True to the links code, deep bunkers cluster astride the fairways and around the putting surfaces, ensnaring the wayward golf balls of golfers who fail to offer up course praise via messages scrawled in their sandy entrails. Meanwhile, thick tree groves and lakes on eight holes extend the intimidation factor, hemming in the playable areas and spelling doleful consequences for unchecked power. Having putted out on the 18th green, golfers can retire to the outdoor dining area at Mulligan?s Bar & Grille, where views of the first and 18th holes hover over beer glasses and tasty grille fare.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,365 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 69.8 from the back tees * Course slope of 123 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Drawing on lessons learned in her past life as a professional dancer, Zumba with Tasha instructor Latasha Whitmore keeps bodies moving and fat burning during her dance-infused fitness classes. Devised by choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez, Zumba rockets pulse rates skyward with Latin-inspired rhythms and music that will have students dropping pounds and old fitness routines with equal élan. Because Zumba is fun and easy to follow, it makes a challenging cardio workout for fitness fledglings of all shapes and sizes, helping newbies whittle their waists and aerobic die-hards blast out of their fat-burning rut with the exotic energy of robo-Charo. Consult Latasha's Zumba schedule for time and location information prior to making mambo merriment.
In 1975, MaxOut’s founder, Dr. Michael Mac Millan, began a study of muscle development that culminated in the invention of his proprietary MaxOut tower. Designed to increase weight training’s effectiveness, the system became the basis of the gym's trademark 60-minute, once-a-week workout. According to Mike Barwis—MaxOut’s head strength and conditioning trainer and a veteran college coach—the tower “allows us to put our bodies under stress safely … which can in turn increase our results in a short period of time.”
This dedication to achieving a measurable outcome is reflected in every aspect of MaxOut’s workout facility. Here, clients heft specially designed weights in the state-of-the-art strength studio or practice yoga, spinning, or Zumba during group fitness classes. Small-group and personal-training programs offer more individualized attention and motivation. Sprinter Matt Crowell teaches a specialty speed-training regimen, building athletes’ quickness with high-speed treadmills instead of migratory winged sneakers.
Going against convention, the staff of Skydive Collegeville prioritize first-time jumpers over established divers. That's because their main focus is giving novices the best possible introduction to the sport, providing a laid-back atmosphere free from pressure or intimidation. During introductory lessons, their male and female certified tandem instructors walk clients through the basics of their jump on land before taking to the sky. Once they're harnessed into their parachute, the student and teacher duo both leap out of a plane for an exhilarating tandem free-fall, achieving speeds of up to 120 mph before leisurely drifting back to earth over suburban Collegeville. Guests can also request a record of their descent, which can be filmed with a camera on the instructor's wrist or captured by a videographer who skydives while simultaneously sitting in a director's chair.
Whether on the carpeted and hardwood floors of his gym or on the grass of a local park, Mark Slater emphasizes the fun side of exercise. Drawing from past positions as the former strength and conditioning coach at Lock Haven University and personal training director at LA Fitness, he designs personalized workout regimens for individuals and groups. His fitness programs range from high-intensity interval training and flexibility-enhancing workouts to nutrition coaching and physical therapy. One of his core programs, though, is a weekly boot camp at Fenimore Park. Here, training circuits challenge participants to do crunches on the grass, haul power ropes, and spar with the park's scarecrow.