Fernando Nicolas "Nico" Clavijo knows a thing or two about soccer. The son of former USA World Cup player and National Soccer Hall of Famer Fernando Clavijo, Nico was exposed to world-class play from a very young age. He grew up to start a successful career of his own, playing for C.A. Atenas in Uruguay, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and currently, a professional beach team that competes internationally in front of pods of vuvuzela-blowing whales.
Nico pools all of that experience into Clavijo Soccer Academy, where he dribbles wisdom into open ears during private and group lessons. He uses the facility to school young players, especially, in an effort to bolster the USA soccer presence amongst global powers such as Brazil, Spain, and Argentina.
Swinging and serving on the secluded Deer Creek Tennis Resort's 12 courts, a trained staff of tennis pros helps players to improve their racket skills. Under the tutelage of a certified instructor, novice and seasoned competitors alike receive customized coaching during private lessons, whether it’s learning the versatile racket's mashed-potato-making methods for newbies or mastering a steady serve for tennis vets. Tailored to each player’s personal needs and skill level, the one-hour sessions focus on practical tennis techniques such as proper grips, body position, and swinging methods.
Safe, springy, and super-exciting: kids and adults can agree on that description of Off The Wall Trampoline Fun Center's 11,000 square feet of trampoline space, where every surface (walls included) is either bouncy or softly padded. Besides hopping around like kangaroos on a moon mission, visitors can play low-gravity versions of dodgeball, volleyball, or an all-dunks take on basketball. The trampolines also add an extra thrill to the aerobic workouts during Off The Wall's fitness classes.
Off The Wall's remaining 25,500 square feet contain other exciting indoor attractions as well, including a rock wall and and arcade full of new and old-school games with a variety of prizes available. A restaurant with a java bar is also available for guests looking for something to eat or drink. Inside a two-level laser tag arena, players defend earth from invading alien robots during pitched battles beneath strobe lights. A special jump area has also been set aside for younger kids, along with a toddler playground designed for kids 6 and under. To reenergize after a long day of play, the whole family can reconvene at Off The Wall's café for Angus burgers or slices of New York-style pizza.
To properly care for these baby birds, SNC's professional staff and volunteers feed them, supply a heat source, and give medication when needed, along with keeping the bird enclosures clean. When the birds are ready, they're moved to larger cages, and finally move to the flight aviary where they strengthen their wings. The SNC relies on donations to help it accommodate the extra charges it receives during breeding season, including the costs of purchasing specialized food and other necessary resources to care for the birds.
In a one-level, 9-lane shooting range, 75-foot galleries with backstops capable of waylaying up to 50-caliber rifle ammo stare back at marksmen as they take aim. National Armory's well-thought-out facility creates a practicing environment that helps ammo find its way to the center of its targets while keeping visitors' well-being in mind. Year round, the facility's air conditioning keeps shooters comfortable, and an environmentally friendly air-filtration system quickly extracts gun smoke and discharged lead particles.
In addition to overseeing the shooting range, the staff leads classes that cover topics such as obtaining concealed-weapon permits and meeting the requirements to become an armed security guard. Marksmen looking for new firearms or for to upgrade often find their match in National Armory's store, where in-house weapon experts advise buyers on new and used guns and dispense ammunition and police supplies.
Dream Theater, the inimitable heroes of progressive metal, return to the road to give distinguished ears a heaping taste of its thick, impenetrable soundscapes. Touring behind its 11th studio album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, the band possesses a musical virtuosity that suggests each member started writing songs in utero by practicing on their umbilical cords. From guitarist John Petrucci’s Guitar Player magazine centerfolds and mantel of Best Metal Guitarist medals to John Myung’s acclaimed undertow bass and Mike Mangini’s labyrinth mega-drum kit (a city made of skins, cymbals, and Neil Peart’s bucket list), the prodigious talents and mind-altering melodies of Dream Theater have drilled into the subconscious of millions of fans for more than 25 years. Its live show beckons audiences to dip their ear toes into pools of molten imagination and whimsical metal, courtesy of an unpredictable set that may consist of new songs, old ditties, or “Mary Had a Little Lamb” as sung from the point of view of a melancholy fire hydrant.
Frills equal distractions when it comes to working out, according to the certified trainers who own CrossFit Hardcore. That's why none of their classes involve fancy treadmills, designer rubber bands, or hot-pink tutus. nstead, the staff, which features trainers such as Dr. Adam Locker and Rachel Batista, lead students through group classes and personal-training sessions as seasoned coaches oversee each participant, monitoring progress as they deliver safety tips and words of encouragement. Gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises such as handstands and muscle-ups build lean muscle mass, and plyometrics foster agility and stamina with hops and leaps. Many sessions also incorporate running or rowing to raise heart rates and melt calories. In addition to sculpting sinews, kettlebell training cultivates flexibility with focused squats and swinging motions. Also, instructors instill in their clients the CrossFit style, with functional movements designed to boost strength, power, and coordination. Workouts take place in warehouses and other spartan spaces, which lack the bells and whistles that often masquerade as fitness essentials. Here, basic tools such as kettlebells, jump ropes, and weighted sleds get the job done for a wide range of exercisers, from absolute beginners to advanced athletes. Between adult classes, the coaches train kids aged 4 and older using CrossFit workouts scaled to different levels of strength, endurance, and giggliness.
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