When he founded CrossFit Akron North, Jason Elrod already knew that persistence was at the core of any athletic pursuit. He preached that philosophy to the many athletes and fitness newbies who visited his gym, and the idea took firm root between the pull-up bars and the climbing ropes. Today, the gym's staff includes eight coaches who, between them, teach CrossFit, CrossFit swimming, On Ramp classes, and personal training sessions. Rather than focusing on how big your biceps are or how far you can throw a harpoon from the rowing machine, each class focuses on overcoming your personal limitations—a touch that adds a competitive edge to the cooperative, community-focused workout.
The ghost hunters behind S.I.G.H.T. of Ohio aren't really hunters in the traditional sense; they're more like good samaritans who do their good deeds on the astral plane. They believe that unexplained phenomenon such as floating lights or slamming doors are caused by deceased spirits chained to the earth by anger, confusion, or hunger for one last Pringle. No matter the root cause, the ghost hunters provide relief, documenting these energies through photographs and audio recordings and resolving the entities' issues with the help of Laura Lyn, a psychic medium.
Commissioned by local industrialist John Henry Hower and designed by renowned Akron architect Jacob Snyder, the Hower House fills its 28 rooms with mementos from a storied past. The National Historic Landmark?built in 1871?is well preserved, from the 2.5-acre lawn to the mansard roof. Eleven months out of the year, the Victorian mansion hosts tours and programs, wherein visitors can examine treasures from the Howers' world travels.
Urban Tactical Defense Center’s diverse team of trainers includes lifelong martial artists, former military personnel, and current police officers. Within the 8,000-square-foot facility—with two sparring rooms and a gym—these trainers pass on the self-defense and fitness techniques they acquired during their demanding careers to students of all ages, covering everything from defense tactics to proper firearms training. They rely on myriad approaches to boost health and self-confidence levels, imparting combat techniques during martial-arts and unarmed-combat classes; fending off calories in Combat Fitness Bootcamp courses; and bulking up entire bodies in circuit-training sessions. They even sprinkle meditation techniques from Chinese qi gong in some of their programs.
Alternatively, the staff leads youngsters through its own original MANTIS curriculum (Manage Any Nasty Trouble in School), acquainting them with tactics for dealing with bullies, teaching them self-defense moves, and hopefully giving them the strength to lift 12 action figures at once.
Brawnstone Tactical Training Center has certainly earned the "tactical" in its name. The staff has more than its share of experience in the subject, though the staffers backgrounds come from about 10 different fields?including law enforcement, private investigation, and military training.
These instructors work with men and women of all experience levels. Hands-on courses include concealed-carry and handgun-defense classes, bodyguard-certification classes , and CPR classes.
Brawnstone also harnesses the power of the Internet to provide virtual training in private investigation and security, among other subjects.
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