A South Suburban Parks and Recreation course, Family Sports Golf Course showcases a nine-hole, par 31 layout that loops around a two-tier driving range. True to its name, the course caters to all members of the family, including seasoned adults practicing their short game touch, beginning juniors making a smooth foray into the game, and grandmothers looking to back up claims of 350-yard drives. Renovated in 2009, the two-tier driving range invites players to hone their stroke on one of 25 grass tees or 30 tees that are covered, lighted, and heated year-round.
Trainers Daniel Torres and Heidi White help clients lose fat, gain muscle, and look their best in highly customized personal-training sessions. The trainers use a fitness assessment to determine which muscles are underactive or overactive, then design workouts that will correct existing imbalances. Sessions take place in both indoor and outdoor facilities.
During her 19-year career, Tonja Hadley—or “Coach T” as her students call her—has motivated athletes to victory at the NCAA’s Division I and Division II levels. Now leading boot-camp classes at The Edge Sports Center, the registered strength and conditioning coach applies her wealth of fitness expertise to students looking to get in shape. Her workouts combine the benefits of cardio and strength training into a single rigorous routine. Students rapidly move from exercises on body balls to floor routines and lifting weights, keeping pulses pounding and muscles guessing. Classes are sometimes held on The Edge Sports Center's 22,000 square foot indoor field so students can eschew drawn-out stints on the treadmill.
The goals of Youth Sports Academy are many. The courses here aim to get locals active?youths and adults?while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, and the importance of teamwork and respect. Programs range in focus from roller derby to Pilates, and take place throughout the week, catering to busy schedules and kids who own a pair of shoes for every sport. Adult athletes can also get fit during one-on-one workout sessions or group fitness classes.
With over 160 centers nationwide, Athletic Republic has helped nearly one million athletes reach their performance potential by applying innovative techniques developed through decades of sports-science research. Designed to improve the ability to visually track moving objects, the Nike Vapor Strobe may grace athletic eyes with enhanced peripheral vision, reduced reaction time, and the ability to fast-forward through time-outs. During training, classes of up to six trainees practice their sport while wearing specially designed glasses that inhibit vision with rapidly blinking strobe lights. Wearers gradually adapt to the limited vision so that, when their full vision is restored, they can more effectively process visual information without undergoing the costly third-eye implants of traditional vision-enhancement programs. Classes run every weekday at 4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. Though trainees may reserve their classes at any time, Athletic Republic recommends that trainees maximize the program’s benefits by completing the six courses within three weeks.