From open until close, the energetic Zumba instructors at Fit You Studios lead groups through easy-to-follow dance moves in a judgment-free environment. The aerobic maneuvers synch up with Latin rhythms and other international tunes made by chart-topping artists and Grammy Award–winning cardiologists. For those who like to dance like their kids aren't watching, Fit You Studios also offers free childcare during each one-hour session. Sweat-soaked dancers can rehydrate with complimentary alkaline water, which aims to boost metabolism and neutralize acid in the blood stream.
Enveloped in matured Carolina pines, the 7,000-yard course at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation entices and challenges golfers with 18 holes dotting a landscape of hills and bent-grass greens. Course crusaders wend through the par 72 playground of hybrid-bermuda fairways and hundreds of yards of monkey bars. Armed with 10 buckets of range balls, golfers can knock some rust off their putts and drives on the practice range sporting a complete bermuda-grass hitting area, a putting green, and a chipping green with bunker. Additionally, on Fridays and Saturdays, certified PGA and LPGA instructors lead one-hour group clinics for up to 10 participants. During lessons, experienced and novice golfers learn to improve their swings, select their gear, and prevent condors from seizing their airborne golf balls.
Charlotte Spine & Pain Relief Center's licensed chiropractors want to make it clear that they're healers, not treaters. That means that they use a combination of medical knowledge and technology to heal pain rather than soothe it temporarily. To that end, they specialize in traditional chiropractic treatments, such as spinal adjustments, as well as laser-based therapies; the cold laser, for one, shines painless, high-intensity light over achy areas to boost cells' power to heal and repair themselves.
Two lime-green Adirondack chairs flank the front door of Vital Yoga Center, bespeaking the breezy, relaxed ambiance of the spacious one-room studio. A boutique area stocked with bracelets, artwork, and yoga gear opens up to a polished wooden floor, where the the staff of experienced instructors lead students. Though they focus on Vinyasa yoga, they also offer prenatal sessions, basic classes for beginners, and Zumba classes that get feet moving to Latin-music-inspired dance parties.
The Divide—a name derived from the course's position within two counties—offers lush greenery, rolling hills, carefully crafted ponds, and impeccably manicured greens. Golfers of all skill levels are welcomed to blast off dimpled cosmonauts from one of four tee-box locations featured at each hole. After breaking into the vast Bermuda fairways, foresighted fore-shouters can implement a wide range of clubs—the scorecard pencils in a smorgasbord of game changing par 3's and par 5's, many of which are known for culling birdies, eagles, and sleeping snowmen from their respective numerical nests. Off the beaten cart path, The Divide pampers players with pro shop merchandise, driving range facilities, and on-site dining options at The Grill, including snacks, meals, and liquid performance enhancers posing as cocktails.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use an individual's own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury.
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