Students at The Rock MMA & Fitness Center get the chance to learn from and train with an undefeated professional boxer, a 10-year jujitsu veteran, and a professional mixed-martial-arts fighter. All accolades just happen to belong to one man, Coach Matt. Joined by wrestling veteran Coach Brian and a team of qualified instructors, Matt teaches a full week of martial-arts classes, such as kickboxing, jujitsu, boxing, and mixed martial arts. He rounds out the schedule with conditioning and fitness-focused training, including a boot camp and hours set aside for open use of any of the gym's equipment.
Members in Point Blank Range's Patriot Gun Club can spend hours just relaxing in the exclusive club lounge. The facility houses private restrooms, showers, lockers, and entertainment areas such as a card table and a giant, 63-inch HDTV. It also contains a viewing area of the indoor shooting range. Here, 18 NRA-certified instructors work with groups and individuals working to develop in pistol, rifle, and other shooting and sport skills through group classes or one-on-one instruction.
Some people are born with a misplaced overabundance of self-confidence, as the popularity of karaoke bars can attest, but most develop the trait by accomplishing feats they never believed they were capable of. The black-belt-wearing, championship-winning instructors that helm ATA Karate?s 6 locations seek to foster that self-confidence by teaching students the art of self-defense in its many forms, including tae kwon do and Krav Maga. With a client base ranging from toddlers to adults, the ATA staff keeps people empowered and fit by demonstrating effective ways to properly punch, kick, and look cool in slow motion. In addition to teaching martial arts, instructors host leadership programs that show kids how to avoid the perils of peer pressure and adults how to maintain order in their lives. They also cover topics such as dealing with bullies and eliminating child abductions in a series of regular workshops.
Located within the Q Athletic Performance Center, CrossFit APC helps people get into the best physical shape of their lives. But it doesn't do it the normal way. Instead of the machines, treadmills, and unrippable floorboards that challenge people elsewhere in the gym, CrossFit APC focuses on a broad base of general fitness achieved by functional movements. Depending on the particular Workout of the Day, coaches may have their charges training with medicine balls, deadlifting barbells, and flipping tires. Through it all, a strong team dynamic encourages exercisers to push themselves (and each other) longer and harder than they may have thought possible, resulting in significant gains across a wide spectrum of physical health, from waist size to overall strength.
Benchwarmers Sports Complex helps athletes stay off the bench with a wide range of training facilities. Four pitching tunnels transform string bean arms into powerful cannons, while two automated batting cages and three live arm cages allow hurled baseballs to hone swings, instead of inflated puffer fish, which will just hone your fear of seafood restaurants. Elsewhere, its basketball court boasts adjustable rims and a gigantic electronic scoreboard, and its indoor turf fields feature granular rubber infill to support players as they work up a sweat during games of baseball, football, soccer, and lacrosse.
When the Robinson helicopters at Queen City Helicopter Corp. aren’t acting as airborne classrooms for aspiring pilots, they’re whisking passengers on aerial tours of nearby landmarks. The peaks of Crowders Mountain, the sports arenas of uptown Charlotte, and the horses and buggies of the Charlotte Motor Speedway loom large in the windows of the chopper after it takes off from the company's very own private, FAA-approved heliport. On the ground at the FAA flight school, pilots safely test their abilities inside a flight simulator and study in the onsite classroom.