For more than four decades, Sunair Aviation has been training safe and technically proficient pilots as a professional flight training school stationed at Leesburg International Airport. An FAA-approved Part 61 program, the school recently acquired Part 141 certification as well, allowing it to train private pilots with its fleet of Cessna, Beechcraft, and Piper airplanes. Thanks to the collective experience of certified flight instructors and IFR-approved Garmin 430 avionic systems aboard each plane, the school boasts a safety record unblemished by so much as a wing paper cut.
In addition to offering students real flying experience, the outfit invites students to log flying hours inside its full motion Redbird FMX Simulator. Stationed safely on the ground, the apparatus surrounds pilots with wrap-around visuals and real avionic equipment. As the simulator rolls, pitches, and yaws, students encounter valuable practice with real piloting situations, but without the common flying hassles of long waits on the runway or floating toll booths.
The certified trainers at Core Body FX have helped change their clients' lives through fitness and exercise for more than 20 years. At their new facility in Apopka, state-of-the-art LifeFitness and HammerStrength machines shine amidst other treadmills and cardio equipment. Trainers individually guide clients toward their fitness goals during personal training sessions, or lead group classes such as bootcamp, Zumba, and yoga that build muscle, burn fat, and boost stamina. Nutritional counseling sessions reinforce fitness goals by encouraging a healthy diet.
Diamond Fitness doors are open 24 hours, housing a plethora of free weights and high-tech cardio equipment from brands such as Cybex and Life Fitness. Certified trainers teach members how to properly use this equipment as they work with them individually to achieve their weight loss goals. To help guests further tone and tighten, the facility populates its accommodating class schedule with a variety of short and long group sessions that focus on cardiovascular health, core strength, and flexibility. The licensed therapists administer a medley of massage remedies, such as deep tissue, reflexology, and trigger point, to shoo away body knots spawned from exercising or receiving an unlicensed massage from a sailor. In addition to offering complimentary childcare for members, the epicenter boasts a smoothie bar and tanning area with beds and stand-up booths.
While attending beauty shows around the country as a technical instructor, Lisa Mitchell found that many stylists were struggling with the same issue: how to turn their talent into a successful business. As a salon veteran with a penchant for maintaining full bookings, Lisa realized she was in a position to help. Today, she uses a small classroom setting to give stylists and salon owners insight into attracting clients—whether it's through managing day-to-day operations or mastering new trends. But Lisa's expertise isn't just limited to haircare. As a licensed real-estate agent, she can also help clients sell or purchase their business as well as negotiate commercial lease agreements.
The gym looks like equal parts Olympic training facility and old warehouse—here, exercisers hoist themselves up rows of pull-up bars, grunt around a collection of kettlebells, and hop through jump-rope routines. On a power-lifting platform, a lifter explodes from a squat, hoisting a plate-loaded bar up to his shoulders and then dropping under it to catch the weight over his head. Elsewhere, athletes do dips on gymnast rings and build a sweat on rowing machines.
This low-tech setting is typical of all true CrossFit gyms. Though the equipment may be basic, the results are not: CrossFit workouts develop all measures of physical fitness—from power to cardiovascular endurance—through workouts that are broad, general, and inclusive. This approach is often described as specializing in not specializing: it develops physical fitness in ways equally beneficial to everyone, from professional mixed martial artists and police officers to weekend softball players.
CrossFit gyms typically start clients in a foundational program where trainers teach the basic movements, such as the squat, dead lift, and pull-up. Every exercise is scalable to a version that clients can complete—a pull-up, for example, can be scaled back to a negative pull-up, a static hang, or body-weight row with gymnast rings. It can also be scaled to a more challenging version, such as the kipped pull-up. After students learn CrossFit's basic movements, they move on to open group classes, which follow the ever-changing WOD, or Workout of the Day. These workouts are short and intense, and they foster camaraderie through frequent team circuits. In addition to supervising WOD class, trainers coach members on nutrition, advocating a caveman-style diet of low-glycemic carbohydrates, monounsaturated fats, and lean proteins such as raptor meat.
Silly Star Sally proclaims on her webpage that her profession is to create fun, and it seems that the stars of her portfolio would agree. The slideshow crawl is packed with grinning children, their faces masked by designs of jungle cats, butterflies, and googly-eyed monsters. The artist's cache of designs is ever-expanding, with options including favorite superheroes, cartoon characters, and the child's own face painted on the child's own face on the child's own face.