David Goodwin’s back pain was so severe that he couldn’t bend over to sit on the floor and play with his kids. In his search for relief, he stumbled upon a CrossFit class. As he returned again and again for four months, he found that each week his pain was less than it had been the previous week. The results saved playtime with his kids and compelled him to complete his training certifications for CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Endurance.
Today, David works at Hermes CrossFit, where he and several other CrossFit Level 1–certified trainers guide exercisers of all fitness levels through CrossFit’s workout of the day. The routines incorporate a changing hodgepodge of bodyweight, gymnastic, Olympic lifting, plyometric, and dragon-tickling exercises that classes of students complete quickly and intensely.
Doctor of Chiropractic Joe Kepo'o, a certified Advanced 2 NAET practitioner, teams up with Dr. Daniel Luster to detect irritants through allergen testing and realign spines in chiropractic adjustments. The doctors consult with first-time visitors, discussing health problems and debating which species of dinosaur would have tasted the best.
At A Place to Smile, Dr. Soutas doesn’t need to forbid his patients from consuming coffee, tea, and red wine—he knows he can erase the stains with Zoom whitening. The whitening treatments, as well as regular checkups, dental implants, and root canals, are conducted in a private room, rather than the dental aisle of a supermarket. Dental technicians also wield lasers and other new technology to battle gingivitis, tooth decay, and other maladies.
The PADI-certified trainers and instructors at Scuba Ted's lead aspiring aquanauts through an array of underwater adventures. To get their flippers wet, novice divers (ages 12 and up) may enlist in the Discover Scuba Diving class, allowing them to test out scuba-diving skills without the need to commit to a full-certification course or one handsome wetsuit.
Each of Professional Dental’s dentists attends lectures, conventions, and classes to further their knowledge of new techniques and cutting-edge technology. They put this knowledge to use during cosmetic and restorative procedures at 10 clinics with extended and weekend hours. At the start of appointments, the dentists thoroughly review the patient’s medical history for anything that could impact health. During the treatments, movies help distract patrons or allow them to watch the scary parts of The Adventures of Milo and Otis with an unshakeable doctor.
When The Yoga Underground's four passionate instructors aren't shopping for shoes, watching the sun rise while hiking up Mount Timp, or partaking in the great American pastime of wearing crazy socks, they're hitting the mat to teach students how to build physical strength and emotional wellness. Although they consider themselves students of the ancient practice of yoga, they aren't afraid to add some modern twists into the Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga traditions, such as incorporating core-bolstering moves from Pilates and, according to instructor Brittany, playing "really awesome music." They offer an octet of lighthearted, yet challenging classes, which includes two fast-paced kick-asana classes, a primary series, and a lunchtime yoga session that accommodates working yogis on the go.
Benjamin Allen believes outdoor pursuits can positively influence those in need. This belief has led him all over the continent, building a ropes course for an orphanage in Mexico and setting up two courses for troubled youth at Provo Canyon School, a bit closer to home. Wanting to share his knowledge of nature with the public, he set up a course, CLAS Ropes Course, near Utah Lake nearly 20 years ago. Benjamin and his crew have since erected more than 50 ropes courses around the country, continuing to inspect ropes and train others how to run them.
CLAS Ropes Course continues to grow each year, creating obstacles such as a giant swing that releases passengers 40 feet in the air, a 400-foot zipline that whizzes through forest canopy, and a "leap of faith," where adventure seekers jump from a treetop platform to a trapeze. A log balance beam hung 30 feet above the ground and a 24-foot-tall rock-climbing tower test agility and endurance, and a fleet of 20 canoes lets paddlers navigate a mile and a half of river. Many of these structures play host to team-building activities focused on developing a group's creativity and tolerance for hearing one another sing. Staff members tailor their instruction to families, dating groups, or athletic teams. They often apply their approach to athletes, such as a professional golfer who traveled all the way from Texas hoping to conquer her fear of not qualifying for tournaments. She defeated the log balance beam, departed victorious, and qualified during her next tryout two weeks later.