The FastFit Training & Fitness tale begins more than three years ago, when Jeff McDaniel—named Fitness Business Owner of the Month by FitBusiness Insider in March 2012— started holding energetic boot-camp classes at a local park. Today, Jeff conducts classes within his own professional fitness studio, where he continues to lead the high-intensity workouts of metabolic exercises that have been lauded on NBC. Amid towering mirrors, dangling TRX Suspension trainers, and rows of colorful dumbbells, Jeff and his staff of trainers guide students of all squares through a diverse array of functional exercises, from crunches to climbers to handstands. Jeff has also designed an online fitness program with nutritional counsel and exercise videos, providing students workouts they can practice from hotels when traveling or from beneath neighbors’ backyard shrubbery when spying on tiki parties they weren't invited to.
Little Rock Eye Clinic examines visitors' eyes with the precision gained from more than 55 years of continuous eye-care experience, offering full exams and a collection of designer glasses for the stylish seer. For the eye examination, eyeballs are gently regarded by one of the clinic’s physicians, who looks for the presence of cataracts and checks the pressure of the eye for pre-glaucoma. Prescriptions are written based on the acuity test, previous prescriptions, and the eyeballs' ability to memorize the visual encyclopedia on a time limit. Once peepers are swathed in the reassuring glow of a prescription, customers are able to browse through accessories for the perfect set of glassy shields. Experienced opticians aid in picking out glasses from the myriad of designer labels, using the prescription to designate single vision lenses for fashionable Vogue frames ($210 on average) or a lightweight Dior spectacle set ($420 on average), with upgrades to the lenses available for additional costs. With the thinnest and lightest weight products available, opticians also boast a speedy service, with a same-day turnaround to ensure spectacle seekers can resume chronic winking from behind the gleaming new frames.
Energetic trainers motivate students to tone sinews and amp up endurance in semiprivate yoga, Pilates, and fitness sessions atop IM=X Pilates' sleek hardwood floors. The studio's flexible schedule arms students with an arsenal of sweat sessions seven days a week. Lax muscles morph into more sculpted sinews during an IM=X Basic class as students tone hips, chisel abs, and buff up funny bones with intensive exercises on the studio's refined Pilates reformer, the Xercizer. Yogis flow through Vinyasa postures full-force in IM=X Yoga, which cultivates balance and coordination and tempers mental tension. Clients can opt to extend limbs into graceful pliés and elegant arabesques in the IM=X bar program, which lengthens limbs and fortifies lower-body strength. Alternatively, a fast-paced spin class sweeps swiftly pedaling fitness-philes on a stationary cycling journey to surge circulation, boost endurance, and pick up stationary tricycles from daycare.
Motley's Pumpkin Patch and Farm helps usher in fall with a farm full of seasonal activities. With two tickets for admission ($6 value per person), you and a fellow end-of-the-year enthusiast can partake in a plethora of autumn activities. Cheer on porcine sprinters in the pig races as you watch bacon-with-legs scuttle around the racetrack, or enjoy the company of animals without demanding an athletic effort from them by feeding the farm's lineup of friendly ducks, chickens, sheep, and goats. Kids can scamper over hay-bale mountains as they re-create Edmund Hillary's 1953 expedition up Everest, with slides and swings also adorning the landscape.
After beginning martial arts in 1980, two karate students earned seventh-degree black belts and eventually went on to become masters and open their own schools. They wanted to share their love of karate and other martial arts with even more people, so in 2011, they created Go2Karate.com. Go2Karate is a website that connects people around the world with martial arts schools in their communities. It also helps users learn about the various styles of martial arts?teaching them the differences between karate, Brazilian jujitsu, capoeira, and mixed martial arts, for instance?as well as helps them find a class based on their individual goals.
On the easy-to-use website, parents can find a karate school to successfully teach their child self-confidence and respect. Kids' karate classes acquaint students with others their own age, and also build skills that help them deal with schoolyard bullies. For women, karate and other martial arts do double duty as a fun and confidence-building fitness regime while also equipping them with essential self-defense moves. Karate and martial-arts classes for men help them not only hone fighting technique, but also reduce stress and drop pounds while chiseling stronger bodies. Users simply enter their location information and the style of martial arts they're interested in, and the website shows them a bounty of schools conveniently located nearby, many with a class schedule and news about recent events.
The First Tee of Central Arkansas welcomes golfers with two distinct challenges: a championship-length nine-hole course and a par-3 nine-hole course. The longer of the two, the par-36 Chairman?s course sends golfers swinging across 3,428 yards of fairways lined with sparsely populated groves of trees. A golfer who is confident with a driver or shower-curtain rod can conquer the course?s lengthier holes, which include 539- and 551-yard par 5s and a 475-yard par 4 that is the course?s most difficult, due in part to a water hazard that hugs the left side and a misplaced track-and-field commentator who encourages the use of the flagstick as a javelin. For a more leisurely round, players can test their short iron skills on the par-3 Honors course, which features holes that range from 65 to 113 yards in length.
Along with its public courses, The First Tee of Central Arkansas uses the game of golf to teach local youth life skills through Jack Stephens Youth Golf Academy. The academy reaches out to low-income and special-needs children, providing free access to the program as a means of enriching their lives and preparing them for the future.