Founded by an interventional pain physician and a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, Performance Spine & Sports Medicine takes a team-oriented approach to treating injury and illness. The interdisciplinary, nonsurgical institute develops a physician-directed plan for each client that may incorporate physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments with a whole-body approach, and acupuncture. These plans address anything from herniated discs and sprains to migraines and chronic pain. Whether the experts are treating nervous-system maladies or assessing sports performance with OptoJump technology and simulated locker-room pep talks, they continually check in with each patient to make sure treatments meet individual needs.
Husband-and-wife duo George and Sydney Fisch founded The Scuba Connection in 1996, later adding two very special instructors to their facility’s staff: their sons. Brothers Wayne and Jason Fisch helm the five-star PADI Instructor Development Center, where they guide aspiring dive teachers, as well as hobbyists, through all levels of scuba instruction. To further bulk up their school’s curriculum, the Fisches teach a handful of highly specialized courses that explore unique underwater interests, such as videography, wreck diving, and whale-call translation techniques. Technical class offerings include trimix and rebreathers.
Sports Authority's ski and snowboard rejuvenations mend mountainside wear and tear to help improve performance during gravity-fueled sojourns. Stonegrinding sessions score underside surfaces with striations, cutting down on suction and allowing the precise directional control needed for conquering moguls, slaloms, and decorative rosettes on slope-sized birthday cakes. P-Tex candles provide restorative wax drips across battered board bottoms, filling in gashes and gouges created by errant roots, protruding rocks, and bites from board-eating snow leopards.
Slow and steady wins the race—a good tip for both tortoises competing in races and humans looking to stay healthy while exercising. Instead of seeing how many reps their clients can complete in a session, always egging them on to do more even faster, the trainers at Enlightened Exercise use the SuperSlow technique. Exercisers spend 10 seconds lifting the weight and another 10 seconds lowering it. In addition to making the muscles work longer, the 20-second rep also allows exercisers to focus on proper lifting form, resulting in fewer injuries and more bodybuilding poses. The slow-motion workouts—which take place in a private, distraction-free fitness studio—only need to be performed once or twice per week for 30 minutes.
The rumbling of thunder and flashes of lightning normally mean soaked and dejected sports players, but The Edge Sports Center keeps balls soaring through the air regardless of the weather outside. This is thanks to the center’s indoor field, which sets the stage for athletes hurtling footballs through the air or honing the fancy footwork needed to waltz with a soccer ball. The roster of classes expands beyond these sports and into speed and strength training to prepare youths planning to track down the yeti. Groups can rent the field for rainout-proof trainings or games, and the center also hosts birthday parties complete with pizza and cake.
Across the woodsball fields and speedball arena of Long Live Paintball, contenders dodge the colorful fire of their opponents as they leap over cable spools and post up behind a charred bus or towers of barrels. It's on these obstacle-ridden grounds that dye-slingers compete in elimination-style games or battle to complete a given mission, such as capturing the adversary's flag and using it to pick popcorn kernels out of their teeth. Admission rates range from simple entry fees for the fully equipped to all-day Gold packages that supply players with a marker, 500 paintballs, and all the other necessary provisions. Rentable chest protectors cushion trunks from crossfire, and disposable camo cuts down on the time players spend fusing their DNA with that of a tree. Although the field is generally first-come, first-serve, the staff can prepare for parties of 10 or more with an advanced reservation.