Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
At C2 It, LLC, horses are the helpers. Since 2007, the facility has offered equine-assisted therapies to individuals with multiple sclerosis, autism, Down Syndrome, and many other conditions. A pair of highly qualified professionals oversees these programs, including Caroline Jaffee, who is nationally certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.
The facility's human staff joins forces with therapeutic horses, each of which goes through extensive training and must present a squeaky-clean criminal record before joining the C2 It team. Once on the relaxed, secluded property, the well-tempered steeds serve as both physical and mental therapists, helping special-needs visitors increase their strength, improve their motor skills, and build personal relationships.
Brianne Gould defies the adage that "those who can't do, teach." Where many acting instructors never make it past summer stock or dinner theater, Gould's résumé of juicy roles is the envy of many an actor. From her recurring role as Brianna Ortiz on Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns to her work in Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son and the Lifetime movie The Wronged Man, Gould knows what it takes to carry a scene, and to get major exposure. Through her acting school, The Monologue Girl, Brianne prepares fledgling thespians for the spotlight. In weekend workshops featuring scene-study exercises that instill students with effective acting, improv, and audition techniques, Brianne enables tomorrow's Poitiers and Streeps with her proven expertise.
Fitness 19's founders launched their first family-oriented gyms in 2003, hoping to splash the exercising experience with local flavor and familiarity. At each of seven Georgia locations, Life Fitness cardio machines—including treadmills and ellipticals—unite with strength-training machines and free weights to help members to build leaner physiques as certified personal trainers patrol the deep-red-carpeted workout area. The expert staff can also guide clients through yoga-, martial-arts, and weight-loss-centric personal-training sessions. Every location also hosts a kids' room, where youngsters can craft macaroni kettlebells under the supervision of a full-time staff member.
Although each of the seven Just Fitness 4U locations has its own distinctions?such as the Lawrenceville location's 24/7 hours or the Marietta location's 25,000 sq. ft. facility and marble lobby?they more or less share the same tools for getting in shape. For starters, each is furnished with state-of-the-art Life Fitness and Hammer Strength equipment, which can be used or lifted to increase strength. Moreover, the facilities have a team of certified personal trainers and group fitness instructors who lead one-on-one workouts and fitness classes such Pilates, Zumba, yoga, and spinning, respectively.
The Archery Learning Center arms bow masters of all skill and experience levels with the training they need to pierce the air. Along with hosting tournaments and outfitting its shop with the latest hunting and recreational bows, the indoor range lines its walls with fresh targets. Since its early days, when medieval archers shot arrows from the castle parapets to direct lost caravans to the village, archery has fostered focus, concentration, and the spirit of competition in people of all ages, from young kids to adults.