At first, Boing! Jump Center measured only six feet square. It sat on the tabletop of Boing! founder Michael C., who wanted to work out the best possible arrangement of bounceable surfaces before opening. Today, each center?s trampoline arenas total more than 12,000 square feet of jumpable surface, where everyone has access to multidimensional springiness.
Boing! also has a separate arena for an aerial version of dodgeball that adds jumping to the sport?s usual ducking, throwing, and curling up into a ball once you?re out. During breaks between aerial activities, guests can stop by the Boing! arcade. The game center also hosts combo deals, including a college night.
Fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and superhero shows, movies, and comics gather to celebrate their shared interests at CONjure. For three days, costumed guests mingle with new friends and old pals, shop for paintings and drawings from professional artists, and play tabletop, board, and console games for hours on end. Panel discussions and seminars from experts such as Space Ghost: Coast to Coast's George Lowe and The Legend of Neil director and writer Sandeep Parikh inform visitors of new trends in costuming, special effects, and media. Attendees can also compare their posters and life-size cardboard cutouts to the real-life forms of stars such as Mark Sheppard from Firefly and Supernatural, Kelly Hu from Arrow and X-Men 2, and Joel Hodgson from Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Drs. Peter and Yolanda Ancona, both of whom are doctors of pharmacy and former teachers, founded The Tutoring Center in Oviedo to provide support for students in their academic pursuits. Using a Rotational Approach to Learning Method developed by Edward S. Thalheimer, PhD, they work to go beyond simple homework help and equip students with long-term skills. Their expert tutors specialize in a variety of programs beginning as early as kindergarten, with subjects that include math through Algebra II and AP math, writing enrichment, study skills, reading, and pre-SAT courses.
The view of Florida wildlife from the lakeview terrace at The Lazy Gator Bar needs
no food or drinks to make it worthwhile. Over buckets of beers and colorful mixed drinks resting on tables, the setting sun casts an orange-pink glow that adds a charming touch to the airboats coming in from a tour. This glow even makes the 8- and 9-foot-long alligators?who soak in a pool at the live gator and bird exhibit adjoining Black Hammock Gift Shop?look friendly. Waiters bring out bar snacks from the restaurant, while guests to linger over drinks as bands play live music on weekends.
All ages are welcome at Studio B, whose calendar includes everything from Zumba to group-fitness classes for clients over 50. Students can energize their bodies and focus their minds through mindful morning yoga sessions, or they can opt to jumpstart a busy day in a fast-paced step class. Instructors help attendees to shave off calories during lively Zumba sessions set to Latin and modern music, and they cultivate stronger cores in PiYo sessions that blend Pilates and yoga movements. Kid Fit classes give children a positive and playful space to work up a sweat while also providing a healthy snack and homework assistance.
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.