The owners of One Heart SUP believe life should be as active, which is why they love stand-up paddleboarding. It's an adventurous activity that everyone can participate in. Atop the sun-glinted surfaces of Harris Lake or Lake Crabtree, One Heart SUP's instructors lead one-hour paddleboard classes. In the Paddleboard 101 class, they'll cover the basics—from standing and balancing to other paddling techniques. The activity provides a great workouts, strengthening cores and sculpting muscles throughout the body. During Sunrise Paddle tours, you can glide along the Harris Lake peninsula before breakfast. Or take the Yoga class to practice on-water meditation without resorting to underwater downward-dog poses. For the already initiated, One Heart SUP also rents paddleboards Monday through Friday for afternoon paddles or lunchtime glides.
Although the art of taekwondo may have origins thousands of years into Korea's past, Master Michael Wegmann and his wife Julia inject a modern approach at Vision Martial Arts. Together, they teach effective techniques to kids, women, and men, imparting equally valuable lessons in self-defense, exercise, and mental discipline. They run their six academies with help from a team of trained instructors, who all focus on developing mentor-like relationships with their students through personal attention and powerful speeches delivered atop school desks. At select locations, they also teach a form of kickboxing similar to krav maga.
Fuquay Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teaches its eponymous martial art according to the curriculum of the Caio Terra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association, founded by six-time world champion Caio Terra. On the path toward earning a black belt, students hone their martial-arts skills as well as intangible qualities such as self-confidence, perseverance, and an appreciation for the musty smell of floor mats.
Crooked Creek Golf Club blankets the rolling Carolina countryside with a 6,271-yard layout that challenges golfers with dramatic elevation changes and high-risk high-reward opportunities. The longer of the two halves, the front nine showcases numerous shot-making opportunities, including the drive on the par-four third hole, where golfers must choose to play it safe or try to cut the corner on a water hazard that hugs the left side.
Dramatic elevation changes await on the course’s second act, where the rolling terrain is intersected by multiple water hazards and sweeping views of the surrounding topography. After a day at the links, golfers can refuel with a cheeseburger or a platter of torn up scorecards at Club’s restaurant, The Turning Point Grill.
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For one day, gallons of mud and six waves of screaming, laughing runners fill the scenic grounds of Willow Oaks Plantation in Eden, North Carolina—to give it their all at the Mud and Music Mayhem race on August 16th. This obstacle race pits runners against more than 30 natural and manmade challenges ranging from climbing walls and mud pits to just a pile of stuff that needs leaping over. A post-race party lets everyone celebrate their victories with food, beer, live music, and inflatables.