Mark Stasinos is no stranger to the decisive slash of a saber. Beginning his fencing training in Europe nearly 40 years ago, Mark eventually imported his talent to the United States, where he served as the vice president of the United States Fencing Association. He also founded the fencing program at BYU, where he taught Julie Seal, an athlete who now owns more national titles than most Olympic jousters. Thanks to Stasinos' guidance, Seal took home multiple Division I gold medals in both foil and saber.
Since Salle D'Escrime's inception in 1988, Mark and his resident teachers have also churned out a few more national champs by relying on their signature method—gradually ushering pupils toward more difficult techniques and pitting them against village ogres in a no-holds-barred round of charades. The progressive process fosters fast improvement during both all-ages group classes and private lessons.
At 24 miles long and 13 miles wide, Utah Lake is as vast as it is beautiful, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who has explored more of it than Chad Chorniak. As a yacht captain and experienced scuba diver, Captain Chad takes passengers out on his 27-foot Catalina yacht to experience the scenic lake on the water, and also helps aspiring scuba divers plunge below the water’s surface into a new hobby of underwater exploration. Though he’s known for seeking out and investigating Utah’s best diving spots, he always conducts his Discover Scuba lessons in an indoor pool. This gives students an added level of comfort as they learn to breathe properly through the scuba apparatus and grow webbing between their toes.
For more than 60 years, the staff at YMCA Camp Roger has been developing programs that get kids and teens off the couch and in the great outdoors. In doing so, its aim is to help the kids develop social skills that can foster confidence, independence, and leadership. In addition to traditional sleepover camps—where 6–10 kids stay in cabins at night and practice mountain biking, archery, hiking, and arts and crafts during the day—the camp offers focused programs such as creative arts or horseback riding. And if the clan needs a break from the housecat’s despotic demands, it can attend a family camp over Labor Day weekend.
Upon entering Hee Haw Farms, kids and adults surrender to their senses as feet crunch through fallen leaves, cheeks are warmed by the sun, and nostrils fill with the aromas of warm grass and fresh produce. A plethora of outdoor activities entertains families during the warm months, including pony rides, baby-animal petting zoos, and pig races. Other attractions shift with the seasons, such as a 12-acre corn maze and haunted hayrides in the fall, sunflower planting in the spring, bushels of fresh veggies for sale in the summer, and bushels of fresh snow in the winter.
Intent on improving visitors' confidence as well as their physical fitness, the trainers at Fight 4 U Fitness teach classes that draw inspiration from both self-defense systems and traditional workout regimens. These lessons in krav maga: a marital art that prepares students of all ages to protect and extricate themselves from real-world threats. The instructors also offer personal-training sessions and group classes, which use everything from kickboxing and muay thai to yoga and agility training to create programs that help individuals live stronger and healthier lifestyles.