Certified trainer, AJ Tucker, acquired myriad methods of staying fit while playing college football, training for jui jitsu, and during his four-year service with the U.S. Army. Today, he molds all that experience into a three-day-a-week boot camp that incorporates strength straining, a specialty class such as boxing, and a session designed for fun where participants buddy-up and complete a more light-hearted session of exercises. He also offers private boot camps that can be held at the office, school, or front yard.
Since 1982, Spirals Gym & Ed-Venture Kids Center has been helping kids hone balance, coordination, and muscle control via competitive gymnastics programs. Today it has expanded to include swimming lessons and afterschool activities, during which kids jump on trampolines and participate in outdoor group activities. Their newest program, the Ed-Venture Kids Academy Preschool, emphasizes both childhood academic learning and physical education, with the intention of helping to prepare children for elementary school. Members of a dedicated staff supervise all activities, whether they are taking place on the 40?x40? carpeted and padded spring floor or on the trampoline.
Tropical Glow isn't just a name?it's an apt description of the vibe inside the 4,000-square-foot space. The large activity hall illuminates a rainforest-themed mini-golf course with myriad black lights, creating an immersive glow-in-the-dark experience that's both ethereal and exotic. Palm trees, plastic flamingos, and beach-centric murals add to the dreamy tropical vibe as families or groups gently whack the ball into 18 challenging holes or engage in monthly trivia events.
The luminescent venue also caters to large gatherings with a variety of private rooms, some of which can hold up to 215 people. Laid-back party rooms can host reunions and birthday parties, while more elegant areas, including an ornate ballroom, welcomes everything from corporate fundraising events to Tron-themed weddings.
Waterways snake all over the planet's surface, many emptying into a great blue ocean. As many scuba divers have found, those depths comprise a whole other world to explore?and require a specific set of skills to conquer. At SCUBASTOP, certified instructors use their knowledge to open that aquatic world to just about anyone.
Students here first get their feet wet with Discover Scuba, a class that teaches the absolute basics of diving. Anyone inspired to delve further can enroll in a PADI certification course that starts in classrooms and heated pools before voyaging out to the open waters of Balmorhea State Park or The Blue Lagoon scuba park. Specialized advanced courses are also available for anyone interested in rescue diving, digital underwater photography, or joining an improv group run by clown fish.
At the center of Walnut Creek Country Club sits not one, but two 18-hole golf courses. The original Pecan course presents a more classic layout, and its 6,516 yards are a little less forgiving. The Oaks course, meanwhile, features new and wider fairways, making it more friendly for beginners and for golf carts that just got off their training wheels. Away from the links, the club boasts award-winning practice areas, a full-service golf shop, and private lessons led by PGA pros. Still, Walnut Creek's members can visit and never even pick up a golf club. Instead, they can play tennis, eat up at the family-friendly grill, or even take a dip in the resort-style pool area complete with cabanas and a water slide.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.