It only takes six minutes to find a soul mate—at least that's what Wine Country Chemistry aims to prove with their speed-dating events. During a two-hour evening, anywhere from 10 to 20 pairs of men and women circulate through the room to embark on 10 six-minute mini-dates. Using a discreet scorecard, attendants document whether or not they would want to see the person again by circling a simple "yes," "no," or "my pen isn't working." The event's organizers collect scorecards at the end of the night, later giving mutual yeses their counterpart's email address so that they can arrange a full-length date.
"Home of the Fighting SHE-Weezels," boasts SHE Academy’s website, where a sharp-taloned, grinning weasel dons a furiously furrowed brow and a dainty pink hair bow. This combination of fearsomeness and femininity mimics the comprehensive workshops found at SHE Academy, whose name stands for "self-defense, healthy lifestyles, and environmental and economic training." Workshops prep women and girls for real-world situations, sharpening their physical combat abilities and verbal assertiveness, boosting their body images, and increasing their environmental fluency. The academy also encourages further study, sponsoring a scholarship for participants who exhibit a passion for women's rights and ecological sustainability.
Founder and president Helen Grieco is a women's advocate who used struggles from her own childhood as a springboard toward a lifetime of anti-violence activism. Combining a bachelor's degree in women's study with a master's in female-focused clinical psychology, Helen spent more than two decades as a counselor and cofounded the anti-violence organization Brave People.
Fit Body Boot Camp's instructors all over the world share a common goal: to help clients hit their fitness and weight-loss goals with regimented training programs. Trainers lead group workouts that combine cardio with resistance exercises, strength training, and light alligator wrestling. They design the workouts to be as time-effective as possible and vary the routines constantly to avoid workout plateaus that can leave clients feeling uninspired. Trainers empower their students with healthy eating guidelines to keep motivation high outside of class.
During one-on-one sessions, certified personal trainers plan out tailored fitness programs, which clients can take with them to Fit Body Boot Camp?s gyms to continue shaping up on their own.
As a member of the Pacific Coast Horse Association and the U.S. Equestrian Federation, head trainer Renee shares her equine wisdom through horsemanship lessons at Crystal Clear Farm. She puts her 200’ x 300’ riding arena to excellent use, educating first-time riders, developing beginners, and advanced A-circuit competitors year-round. Over the course of her 30-year career, Renee has seen her students qualify for and win such events as the PCHA Championships. She has also been regularly involved with USEF judging clinics, which further inform her eye for technique as well as her ability to determine whether or not a horse is actually just two guys in a Halloween costume.
TRX suspension training was originally developed to whip Navy SEALS into peak physical condition. Inspired by their chiseled physiques, everyday civilians have taken to the regimen, aided by the group classes at Inspired Fitness Training Center. Helmed by trainer Jennifer Fujii, a three-time USA National Aerobic Gymnastics gold medalist, patrons of all fitness levels work their bodies on the portable suspension-training machine to build strength, flexibility, and balance. The SPINNING-certified studio also hosts pedaling sessions on a fleet of more than 20 stationary bikes, and boot camps challenge guests with a total-body workout proven more effective and safe than playing tug of war with a tank. A spacious independent workout area, chock full of free weights, weight machines, and cardio equipment, complements the classes, along with personal-training sessions and nutrition counseling.