With state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, the professional instructors at A-Swing Golf Academy develop lesson plans that make swing improvement fun and, most importantly, functional. Their approach to instruction aims to instill fundamentals in all skill areas, including full strokes, chips, slapshots, and putts. During lessons and swing-analysis sessions, the golf gurus employ the technological intricacies of a high-speed video camera to capture a player's unique swing motion and identify unfavorable tendencies.
Golf pros also follow students onto the course for playing lessons, in which they coach the intangibles of course management, risk assessment, and subtle intimidation tactics such as grunting during an opponent's backswing or teeing up with a rusty nail and glass eyeball.
Armed with certification from the United States Cycling Federation, the bike mechanics at Atlantic Bicycle keep two-wheeled roadsters running safely and efficiently with maintenance services and help customers to select new bikes or gear. The experienced crew can perform basic services such as tuning up bicycles for warm-weather riding or more complex work such as fitting wheels with hand-laced custom wheels built onsite. The shop also keeps an extensive inventory of bicycles to meet needs ranging from everyday commutes to grocery-store-aisle wheelies, including all-mountain, urban, and recumbent styles as well as adult tricycles.
The fully certified instructors at Swim with Mr. Blue teach children of all abilities how to traverse the water during weekly swim lessons. The blue, green, and yellow levels maintain small class sizes, enabling instructors to meet the needs of each child as he or she learns a variety of swimming skills and dolphin words in a heated saltwater pool, which stays open year-round. Blue-level swimmers conquer “swim-safe” skills, such as holding their breath and rolling over in the water, while green-level swimmers graduate to tackling the freestyle and the backstroke. Those who wish to gain advanced swimming prowess can sign up for yellow-level classes, in which students take on “swim-team” skills, including lap exercises, long-distance workouts, and underwater debating.
Wading through indoor heated pools, the instructors at British Swim School teach independent swimming skills to learners aged 3 months and older, adhering to a curriculum devised by British national swimmer Rita Goldberg. The 30-minute one-on-one sessions and small-group lessons, containing six or fewer swimmers, elucidate essential techniques for water safety and the importance of speaking fluent manatee. Swimboree (ages 3 months–3 years with parents) and Young Minnows sessions (ages 1–3 years without parents) teach wee swimmers basic water-survival skills, such as the back float. Turtle One and Turtle Two classes focus on freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke maneuvers, honing more structured swimming skills in older kiddos. British Swim School's Shark courses enhance stamina and speed and teach even more demanding strokes, such as the butterfly and little-known mountain-goat flail. Certain British Swim School classes require parents to participate in the water or to supervise from the pool deck, and adults-only lessons allow grown-ups to refine their own abilities without the supervision of a toddler.
Black heavy bags sway from the force of powerful roundhouse kicks and rapid-fire jabs. Next to them, on the padded black-and-red-checkered floor, groups perform squats clenching dumbbells and sit-ups while palming kettlebells. These and similar exercises occur during Round 2 Kickboxing's five fitness classes—45- to 60-minute sessions filled with core blasting moves culled from boot-camp and boxing training regimens.
The gym's philosophy is to get the most out of the least exertion, believing the body needs energy left over to heal, get stronger, and power home generators. Mixing up exercises and routines, the instructors make it easier to continue with their programs and reach goals. For a customized fitness experience, personal trainers work directly with clients. Kids can also relieve stress from long hours at the lemonade stand by pummeling heavy bags in kickboxing classes that fuse tae kwon do, muay thai, and jujitsu.
As a rising star in the salsa circuit, Casa Salsa's founder Christian Espinola has danced across stages around the country—including the New York Salsa Congress and Miami Heat halftime shows. He quickly became a sought-after dance instructor, and is currently a representative for the CW Network's Spanish Heritage Month celebration. At his dance studio, he leads a team of experienced, energetic dance instructors who are passionate about the salsa, bachata, and cha-cha moves they teach. They lead students of all ages and abilities through each dance's footwork and partnering techniques during private and group lessons, workshops, and monthly outings. They also offer monthly memberships, which grant guests access to unlimited group classes and an online dance-training program, which helps them further sharpen their hip-swinging moves at home or at a WiFi café.