Bill Goudeket can trace the roots of his business career back to his parents and a swimming coach. After failing beginning swimming three times as a child, the owner of FINS persevered thanks to his parents' encouragement, eventually swimming competitively at age 12, qualifying for the 1968 Olympic Trials five years later, and training under Hall of Fame coach Don Easterling in college. Taking inspiration from his coach, Goudeket decided to share his love of the sport and become a competitive swimming coach, eventually opening FINS to expand his reach to first-time swimmers as well. Along with his family and his teaching staff, Goudeket works with students of all skill levels and ages, instilling skills that can be applied to recreational swimming, competitive swimming, and sneaking into meetings of the dolphin Illuminati.
Shankz Black Light Miniature Golf has two locations that encompass 18 holes apiece, with each course set aglow in neon and covered with exotic creatures. As they travel through the indoor facilities, each putter must navigate around wrecked pirate ships, shoot between stubby dinosaur legs, and wrest their clubs from the mouths of tigers in what typically amounts to a 35- to 60-minute round of golf. To accentuate the course's glowing artwork and scenery, golfers can opt to put on a pair of 3-D glasses. Beyond the neon greens, Shankz also features the Balladium and Ballaster game rooms, in which competitors fire Nerf balls from air cannons at targets and at each other to score points and ward off encroaching Nerf army tanks.
Inspiration can strike an artist before he's even old enough to tie his shoes. Young Artist Art Studio gives kids an outlet for that inspiration, starting as young as age 3. Its preschool art classes teach cognitive and social skills as youngsters paint, draw, and sculpt. For older children, teenagers, and adults, classes focus on aspects of art such as composition, color, and perspective through oil paints, watercolors, and charcoal. For adults only, Picasso and Wine Nights show attendees how to re-create a painted or sculpted masterpiece while they drink and chat with friends.
Whether she's framing a sultry boudoir pose, an actor's headshot, a couple's wedding vows, or a proud high-school senior, Victoria Schklair keeps her eyes peeled for fleeting candid moments to capture on film. During her on-location and in-studio sessions, she harnesses natural light to frame her clients using a photojournalistic style. After reviewing each color or black-and-white shot, Victoria preserves her best images as edited and retouched proofs, in panoramic press books, and on DVD slideshows set to music or a favorite political sound bite.
When the trainer unveils a new workout of the day to her students, variety is key. CrossFit incorporates a healthy mix of exercises to keep things fresh and ensure that each person gets a full body workout. In each session, exercisers are encouraged to complete the workouts as quickly and intensely as they can, which means trusting oneself to put that extra oomph into each pull-up, kettlebell swing, squat, sprint, or vending-machine toss. The workouts can easily be adapted to all ages and fitness levels.
Certified personal trainer Danielle knows about weight problems; in her adulthood, she has weighed everywhere from 98 to 184 pounds. Now a fitness writer and life coach, she has dedicated herself to helping people of all ages and fitness levels swap sedentary lifestyles for active, empowered attitudes. She leads boot-camp fitness classes designed to jump-start metabolism and ends the cycle of yo-yo diets by sharing nutritious recipes such as healthy tortilla chips, pancakes, and unfried chicken.