The area surrounding Nocona Lake doesn't exactly lack for leisurely pursuits. People flock to the water by the thousands for fishing, jet skiing, and relaxation enjoyed amid the lake's natural outdoorsy splendor. Therefore, attempts to keep visitors on dry land have a high bar to clear. The golf course at Nocona Hills Country Club succeeds at this unenviable task. Players cruise through the same woodsy ambiance as they notch scores on the 18-hole course, collecting birdies on the smooth Bermuda grass greens and befriending the squirrel community in the dense surrounding oak forest. Lest players be lulled into complacency by their serene surroundings, the course keeps them alert with frequent elevation changes—especially on the seventh hole's 150-yard, entirely-downhill tee shot.
Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.
Canyons Climbing Gym, a climbing center plastered in hand-and-foot holds top to bottom, challenges guests with 80 bouldering obstacles and 90 top-rope and lead-climbing routes fit for all skill levels. Once safely strapped into a harness, climbers make their way up one of the various routes, building up bicep strength by resisting gravity’s pull more forcefully than a jet-propelled magic carpet. Eighty obstacles bedeck the facility’s climbing floor, allowing guests to also try their hand at climbing rounded rock faces without the use of a rope.
Pioneer Sports suits up adventurers for high-altitude outdoor excursions with seasonal sports rentals. In cooler months, the mountain-savvy staff of outdoor enthusiasts hooks up skiers and snowboarders with comfy outerwear and skate-sharpening services. When temperatures climb, the shop's fleet of more than 150 bikes prepares cyclists for bucolic jaunts through rolling Colorado terrain. With bike frames that range from 13.5" to 21", the fleet meets the needs of younger cyclists, adult bikers, and the runts from families of giants.
"Your One Stop Fitness Shop" The best source for home fitness equipment in Texas. We offer the largest selection & the top brands of exercise equipment to fit your budget. As part of our commitment to you our customer, our team provides training on the use of our fitness equipment & provides delivery and installation.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
All youth training is guided by the tenants of the IYCA, or the International Youth Conditioning Association. It's considered to be the pinnacle of youth training in the industry.
What sort of expertise do you have?
I have over 15 years of training experience, a bachelor of science in fitness management, and was awarded the 2010 World Fitness Elite Trainer of the Year. I was also featured in "USA Today" and co-authored the international best-selling book "Total Body Breakthrough."
Do your instructors have any noteworthy qualifications or certificates?
Our Athletic Revolution program head coach Erin Walker is a certified youth-conditioning specialist who earned the 2011 Outstanding Coach award from Athletic Revolution.