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 to 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.
Club 14 Fitness' roster of trainers reads like the manifest of a submarine on its way to SEALAB III. It includes one University of Chicago educated biologist, one former Navy man, one chiropractor-turned-holistic healer, one nutritionist, and the first runner-up in the Mr. Wyoming bodybuilding competition. Together, they downright plaster the walls with all manners of certifications, issued by everyone from AFAA to CrossFit. They lean hard on their multifarious backgrounds to build personal-fitness regimens and a schedule of calorie-blasting classes, including a lineup of LesMills sessions, that firm up bodies more effectively than falling asleep in a cement mixer.
When not dancing or spinning through group fitness sessions, members can bolster heart rates in the cardio room, hoist free weights, or target hyper-specific muscle groups on the gym's cache of Star Trac equipment. Guests wind down in the wood-paneled sauna, slake thirst at the juice bar, or bronze up in the tanning bed. To make getting to the gym more accessible, Club 14 keeps kids entertained with childcare and pint-sized fitness programs, and keeps its doors open 24 hours. All of this earned the gym the Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year award in 2010.
Since 1959, Putt-Putt of Fernandina Beach has hosted friendly rounds of mini golf for families, leagues, and tournaments. Co-owner Aaron Bean was one such player—he began working at the putt-putt location as a teenager and still currently holds the course’s nine-hole record of 10 strokes and most convincing celebratory swan dive into the ocean, which is located just steps away. The course has also tested the putting prowess of players in the 2010 Sonny’s Florida State Putt-Putt Championship and 2011 Southern Putting Tour Championship.
Amelia Island Ghost Tours unmasks the island's spooky side, weaving groups through the streets of Fernandina on treks that combine eerie vibes with educational tales. Led by an insightful guide, tours trace through a history addled by piracy, plunder, and death, all while exploring the area's shadowy nooks that are haunted by paranormal activity almost nightly.
Anne Cain, an LPGA instructor and one of Golf Magazine ’s Top 100 Teachers in America, refines students' swings with advanced training technology. During a one-hour lesson, Anne videotapes each student from three camera angles. Following each swing, a computer draws in reference lines, measures distances and angles, refigures all eight of Newton's laws, and displays side-by-side comparisons with professionals from a video library of over 2,000 swings. Using this data, Anne offers suggestions to improve her students' techniques. At the end of the lesson, each student receives a DVD of the footage, which should be bronzed immediately for decades of preservation. The 30-minute perfect practice session uses Hot Lines technology—a patented computer program that detects any flaws in a student's swing—to provide instant feedback: if the student makes a mistake, the golf ball drops away immediately, only to be replaced with a head-shaking effigy of Grover Cleveland, inventor of golf.
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