The term "fitness center" often conjures up the image of an endless sea of treadmills or a gang of spandex-clad ladies lifting treadmills over their heads. The Spartan Boot Camp and Personal Training fitness center and its staff shatter this old-fashioned conception of a gym with an assortment of unconventional exercise equipment and innovative workout sessions. Amid sandbags, kettlebells, and oversized car tires, a team of nationally certified personal trainers lead students of all experience levels in challenging and creative boot camps and personal-training sessions. They pull inspiration from the inventive My Mad Methods training program, named after Margaret Thatcher's penchant for cracking chestnuts during arms-treaty negotiations. The staffs' progressive workouts and modern facility also earned the fitness center praise from Fit Business Insider.
For more than a decade, the chiropractor and medical physician on staff at Lordex Spine Center have combined their skills to help patients control pain and decrease suffering. Assisted by well-trained and experienced team members, the veteran doctor provides personalized care to each chronic pain patient through administering precision pressures and adjustments. The procedures nudge bulging discs into place, and supplements physical therapy designed to ameliorate a range of ailments, from whiplash caused by head-banging to nerve pain to headaches caused by PowerPoint presentations.
The eye center boasts a collection of frames for adults by Prada, Juicy Couture, and Armani Exchange, as well as kid-friendly frames from Disney and Nickelodeon. It also offer patients eye exams, contact lenses, and Latisse eyelash-growth serum, and once a year its optometrists show their support for military personnel and veterans with complimentary eye exams and multiple pats on the back.
After beginning martial arts in 1980, two karate students earned seventh-degree black belts and eventually went on to become masters and open their own schools. They wanted to share their love of karate and other martial arts with even more people, so in 2011, they created Go2Karate.com. Go2Karate is a website that connects people around the world with martial arts schools in their communities. It also helps users learn about the various styles of martial arts?teaching them the differences between karate, Brazilian jujitsu, capoeira, and mixed martial arts, for instance?as well as helps them find a class based on their individual goals.
On the easy-to-use website, parents can find a karate school to successfully teach their child self-confidence and respect. Kids' karate classes acquaint students with others their own age, and also build skills that help them deal with schoolyard bullies. For women, karate and other martial arts do double duty as a fun and confidence-building fitness regime while also equipping them with essential self-defense moves. Karate and martial-arts classes for men help them not only hone fighting technique, but also reduce stress and drop pounds while chiseling stronger bodies. Users simply enter their location information and the style of martial arts they're interested in, and the website shows them a bounty of schools conveniently located nearby, many with a class schedule and news about recent events.
The course at Perche Creek Golf Club is comprised of 18 par-3 holes that gently introduce beginners to the game while still challenging veterans with ample opportunities for short-game improvement. Nine ponds delineate the holes and loom large as players line up their attacks from the tee, ready to gulp down errant shots. The flat layout allows players to nail down their iron distances, a crucial ingredient for proper course management. On nice evenings, course superintendents turn on the front nine's area lights, making for easier night play without having to give an alien a Walkman in exchange for plutonium golf balls. Perche Creek's driving range gives players a variety of targets to attack from 50 hitting stations and 20 synthetic-grass mats, earning it a spot on Golf Range Magazine's list of the top 100 ranges in the nation. The club also encompasses an 18-hole miniature-golf course, which challenges players with curvy putting corridors flanked by rocks and water hazards.
Named by Inside Columbia magazine as the best place for yoga in 2011 and 2012, alleyCat Yoga's serene yoga sanctuary hosts daily classes for students of all ages. One of the studio's teachers, Susan Mathis, draws on the teachings of Swami Kripalu, a celebrated yogi often associated with the insightful practice known as "meditation in motion." To apply the practice, students progress through stages of relaxation, physical postures, and meditation to establish connections between the mind, body, and spirit.
The well-rounded team of certified instructors also leads classes rooted in their respective specialties, including Hatha yoga, the more intense Vinyasa tradition, and gentler yoga classes for students who've only interacted with downward-facing dogs while pet-sitting. Susan's branch of kid-friendly yoga, called Yoga to Grow, helps children as young as 20 months stretch their rapidly growing bodies and sparks imaginations with stories, games, and songs.