The certified trainers and divers at Big Joe Scuba wade students through all watery courses, from beginner to PADI-certified instructor. They accomplish this through classroom instruction and dips into their heated pool, where students become accustomed to breathing and maneuvering underwater. After they advance to open-water courses, the classroom extends to Beaver Lake, Arkansas, for diving practice in natural surroundings. A full-service dive center, Big Joe Scuba also rents and sells a complete line of gear and organizes diving jaunts to exotic locales such as Cozumel, Mexico.
B-Fit CrossFit South's trainers take in students who are bored with their workouts?or maybe haven't ever really worked out. They teach these students the functional movements of CrossFit, designed to help people tackle any daily challenge with speed and strength. Their particular skill, though, lies in keeping students engaged.
The coaches mine every form of motivation they can. They change up the routine daily, targeting different muscle groups with a range of exercises. In addition to providing a supportive, positive environment for students, they turn workouts into a bit of a competition. They maintain a leaderboard, posting the number of repetitions of each exercise that every student manages to complete. There's no prize for winning, other than pride, temporary bragging rights, and a full 24 hours of being able to scare any piece of gym equipment just by looking at it.
At each of its 12 locations in Kansas and 3 locations in Missouri, the staff of Genesis Health Clubs strive to create a one-stop health-and-fitness center for the entire family. Supervised childcare programs entertain kids with arts and crafts, and Muay Thai classes help youngsters improve coordination and strength under the tutelage of a fifth-degree black belt. Adults can head over to yoga, Pilates, cycling, or MMA cardio classes, which are all led by nationally certified instructors. Guests can also take advantage of the rows of cardio and strength-training machines, or work one-on-one with an instructor to learn correct form and the best way to walk on your hands on a moving treadmill.
Perfect Sense Eye Care’s rock-star ophthalmologist, Dr. Stephen Wiles, has performed more than 30,000 ophthalmic surgeries to date, and that number keeps on growing. From removing cataracts to correcting blurry vision, the doctor's trusted hands can almost instantly eliminate the need for glasses and contacts. During his LASIK procedure, for example, he carefully reshapes the outermost layer of the eye⎯the cornea⎯thereby allowing the retina to better focus incoming light. Within 24 hours, patients who previously suffered from astigmatism or constantly forgot to open their eyes each morning can enjoy crisp, clear vision.