The sounds of crunching leaves break the otherwise still air, causing a pair of laser-tag teammates to slow their breathing and crouch down low. One of them puts a finger to her lips and peers over a fallen log, catching sight of an opponent before carefully aiming her laser gun in his direction. The sensors strapped to his head detect the hit, disengaging his gear for up to three seconds and rendering him unable to retaliate.
This is a common scene at Mission Quest Adventures, where players cavort in an outdoor arena while clutching weapons loaded with laser beams. Adrenaline levels spike as warriors dive under bushes and dodge behind trees, aiming for victory in organized games such as capture the flag, last person standing, and pantomimed bowling.
Bright colors and self-defense precepts rarely go together, but there’s purpose behind such a coupling in Elite Tactical Training’s paintball sessions. Participants use high-tech paintball guns loaded with multi-hued paint pellets to learn how to fight their way out of real-world defense scenarios with the help of role players. The educational paintball battles complement the company’s other offerings, such as marksmanship lessons and concealed carry courses.
A 15-year member of the US Army, Jose Martinez first discovered CrossFit at the US Army's Infantry Basic Officer Course. He found himself instantly drawn in by the mental and physical challenge of the exercise form and began to pursue it regularly. Soon, he earned a certification as a Level 1 CrossFit trainer and opened his own gym, CrossFit Emanation, where he shares the ever-mutating regimen with his students.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Staff Size: 1 person
Pro Tip: Please come READY to run, PUNCH, sweat and work hard.
Good for Kids: No
Q&A with Tiffany Connell, Owner, Trainer.
What sets your business apart from your competition?
The ladies -nly Power Punch and Cross Fusion Fitness classes were created by a professional MMA Fighter to give all women the ability to train like a pro and look like a pro, without getting punched, kicked, or taken down. The workouts we do are the same workouts professional fighters and athletes use in their every day training routines.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
A girlfriend came to me for help with post baby weight loss, and after seeing results so soon, convinced me to extend my training to other women.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
We've gotten too many to choose just one.
But to see women who have never worked out a day in their life lose dress sizes, and feel better about themselves, is simply amazing.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Seeing people succeed. Seeing people happy about themselves now, when before they weren't.