Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award–winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
Upon first glance, Le Roi French Bakery looks a bit like a castle. Roses and metal curlicues line the space, where bakers flit in and out of a pair of saloon doors. Named for the French word for king, this bakeshop’s confections are enchanting and majestic, like a towering mountain of Magic 8 balls. At the counter, a brightly lit case brims with classic European treats such as éclairs, napoleons, tarts, and parfaits. The scent of espresso wafts by as staffers froth fresh milk for lattes and cappuccinos. Like a fairy tale about princes and princesses, these details inspire daydreams as patrons leaf through albums stuffed with hundreds of custom-cake ideas, including tiered wedding cakes adorned with fondant flowers and round delights flanked with fruits, frostings, or ladyfingers.
In a Pure Fitness boot camp, the enemy is predictability. An ever-changing regimen of exercises will challenge your muscles, fueling constant gains while keeping your brain engaged. Over the course of a session, you might lunge, jump, lift, crunch your abs like crackers over soup, slam out push-ups, chase chickens, and punch slabs of beef before cooling down with a live crocodile wrestle. In the heat of your workout, you'll sweat out weakness, fear, and monosodium glutamate while beginning to gain the functional, unsurpassed strength of a body in fluid, powerful motion. It won’t be long till you're feeling lither, leaner, and more flexible.
The expert personal trainers at Pro-Cor Fitness shower muscles with attention in custom, results-oriented training sessions designed to increase speed and performance. Set in a private, 850-square-foot studio devoid of grunting weight hogs, personal speed-training sessions begin with an assessment to determine each client's fitness level and goals, from sprinting to leaping a rabid gummy bear in a single bound. After concocting a personalized program, fitness gurus will cultivate techniques for speed, agility, and performance with 60-minute heart- and fist-pumping workouts. The college-educated trainers, who include members of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, have molded the muscles of Saints defensive back Matt Giordano, America's sweetheart Laura Ingalls Wilder, and U.S. track and field fastman Josh Norman.
With a cache of patented brain-training games and exercises at the ready, the professional coaches at LearningRx of Fresno seek to strengthen students’ cognitive skills in an alternative to traditional tutoring. As opposed to focusing on one subject at a time, they step back and look at the way each brain understands the question and figures out how to solve it. By working in a one-on-one environment, they aim to increase kids’ learning abilities by up to three years of cognitive growth. In addition, LearningRx offers specialized programs for those with ADHD, dyslexia and autism.
"If you make it, you will taste it" is the motto founders Julie Fabing Burleson and Suzy Vinson Nettles envisioned when they created Young Chefs Academy. In addition to giving youngsters hands-on exposure to culinary techniques, kitchen safety, eating etiquette, and table setting, the academy's philosophy ensures that kids like 10-year-old former veggie-hater Camille gain an appreciation for healthy homemade cuisine. With centers in more than 10 states, Young Chefs Academy enriches growing minds with engaging cooking classes, camps, and birthday parties that impart valuable life skills, such as self-reliance and how to trick a younger sibling into doing the dishes.