ATA Martial Arts hones well-disciplined fighting machines with classes designed to whip bodies into shape while imparting principles of confidence and self-defense. Developed by the Israeli Defense Force, commando krav maga boils self-defense down to practical essentials, stripping away abstruse martial-arts theories by teaching students how to defend themselves in real-life situations such as street fights, bar brawls, and tightly choreographed gang dance-offs. Commando krav maga classes are held at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and first-time students are asked to arrive 15 minutes early.
Proud Palmetto State native Christopher LaTorre has honed his toothy trade at practices throughout South Carolina, earning the praise of Columbia Metropolitan magazine as one of the top area dentists in 2011. In addition to caring for adult chompers, Dr. LaTorre maintains a convivial chair-side manner with children, putting tykes at ease with magic tricks, balloon animals, and advice on scaling a lemonade stand in today's tumultuous economy. Services range from digital x-rays to implant restoration, comprehensive exams, and custom whitening.
Ron Haynes and his daughter, Jessie, have built a business from smiling faces. They don't snap yearbook photos or transform dentist gloves into balloon animals. Instead, they helm teeth-whitening shops and private office locations where smiles are brightened up to 10 shades. Since 2005, they have brightened over 50,000 smiles across five states. The locations in North Carolina and Georgia offer either convenience at their South Park Mall kiosk or privacy at their office locations. Armed with Beaming White, an FDA-approved teeth-whitening system that pairs a peroxide-based gel with a UV-free LED light, their team of technicians helps clients brighten their choppers by exposing teeth so the gel and light reach every inch of enamel. Once the light unites with the gel, coffee, tea, and grass stains begin to vanish. Teeth continue to lighten after the treatment, achieving a color that's 3-10 shades whiter over the course of 24 hours. With proper care, results can last up to 12 months, or roughly the time it takes to adapt the phonebook into a comedic opera.
24/7 Health & Fitness Center equips members with cardiovascular and weight-training equipment, Zumba classes, and the opportunity to work out at all hours of the day. Kettlebells and dumbbells sit neatly organized, and an array of strength-training machines utilize pulleys and levers to help gym-goers build lean muscle. Stationary bicycles, treadmills, and elliptical machines get legs and endorphins pumping, creating the perfect training circuit for upcoming marathons or city-council races.
The professionals at Accurate Diagnostics answer medical queries through dependable and timely medical testing. Lab technicians paint an accurate picture of cholesterol levels, thyroid functioning, and liver health, while also offering DNA testing services. Accurate Diagnostics can also conduct drug and alcohol testing for employers, and energize patients with supplemental B12 injections.
9Round fitness centers eschew complicated machines or trendy aerobics for old-fashioned boxing and kickboxing circuits, which gym-goers complete in 30 minutes. With a focus on building strength, stamina, and core power, each circuit incorporates dumbbells, kettle bells, medicine balls, heavy bags, and jump ropes and is overseen by a trainer to keep clients motivated. The gym is open six days per week, and new rounds start every three minutes to accommodate a variety of schedules.