Just as bicycling itself is a solitary sport, the owner of Easy Rider Bikes, Marshall Walls, prefers to be the only one at the shop’s handlebars. “I’m not a control freak, but I have a high standard for work,” he told the Post and Courier in 2007. “Besides, I can do the work of about three people.” Walls’ confidence stems from experience: since 1984, he’s successfully maintained his one-man operation in the same 1,400-square-foot space he bought at the age of 25, when most adults choose to just go into hibernation. After a brief period selling Schwinn and Peugeot bikes, Walls devoted himself to service, and today he keeps wheels spinning smoothly with everything from standard tune-ups to restorations. Still, he keeps the essentials—helmets, seats, pedals, and pumps—in stock, lest bikers attempt to race down an oil-slicked hillside unprepared.
When children begin to explore their surroundings, they usually stick to the backyards and winding streets of their own neighborhoods. For Captain Addison Rupert, growing up in South Carolina's Lowcountry meant exploring a seemingly endless system of rivers, creeks, and marshlands. His passion for the local landscape has led to a career guiding others through the beautiful and rugged wilderness.
Captain Rupert wields a certification from the US Coast Guard and leads guests on tours aboard a 17-foot Maverick Master Angler Flats boat. On each fishing expedition, he works with guests to track down species such as red drum, speckled trout, flounder, sheapshead, and tarpon. Captain Rupert's fishing and sightseeing tours are tailored to meet the needs of each customer, typically providing all of the necessary gear and mermaid traps.
TEMPO Indoor Cycling and Endurance Training offers an integrative approach to personal fitness by way of indoor cycling, personal training, and metabolic testing. With an all-access period pass, customers can sweat it out during four weeks of unlimited indoor-cycling classes. The sessions are scheduled two to three times daily from Monday to Friday and focus on skills, drills, and conditioning for 50- or 90-minute intervals. Each class is welcoming to athletes of all levels, as the difficulty of the ride is determined by the target heart rate of the individual.
Staffed by experienced coaches and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display to get results. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.