Since the age of 6, Fernando Rodriguez knew that fitness and athletics would play a big role in his life. While most kids his age were busy at play, Fernando was swimming four hours each day and eagerly counting the hours until his next meet. His hard work paid off, earning him a spot on the Mexican Olympic swim team and instilling him with a passion for fitness that would continue into his adult life.
Today, Fernando draws from his years of athletic and coaching experience to guide others toward their fitness goals in his own private training studio, The Underground Lab. Alongside his staff of fellow certified trainers and fitness aficionados, Fernando leads group workouts that combine traditional exercises with imaginative and innovative techniques. The team also conducts personal-training sessions, employing a variety of cardio and strength-training equipment, and designs a unique 19-day nutrition program to help clients lose weight rapidly in preparation for special events, such as a wedding or an outing in a flimsy rowboat.
iFLY simulates skydiving without plummeting toward the earth at 9.8 meters per second by floating patrons in a vertical wind tunnel. Unlike an amusement-park ride, simulator, or a jump off a one-story house, the vertical wind tunnel re-creates the experience of actual flying, with professional instructors controlling the airflow the entire time and communicating with fliers via hand signals. iFLY’s cache of earplugs, flight suits, helmets, and goggles keep divers protected during flight. iFLY plans flights for groups of all sizes and occasions including birthdays, corporate events, and summer camps.
As they enter the training at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Within the serene confines of its Smith Street studio in Union City, Worlds Yoga preaches a simple philosophy—that precise posture and alignment can usher an empowered life transformation. It's hard to argue with the results, as the compassionate instructors use a hands-on approach to adjust myriad poses in a wide selection of methods. Classes touch on hot yoga methods such as Power and Vinyasa, restorative methods such as Hatha and Hot Stone, and even dance methods such as Zumba.
Cricket Strike Zone's four indoor practice lanes stretch across 6,240 square feet, providing batters ample elbow room to hone their cricket, baseball, and softball skills with friends and teammates. Each lane's expansive length allows ball-swatters plenty of space to enact hypothetical game scenarios, and ICC-regulated cricket nets on all sides forcefully apprehend wayward balls attempting to flee the area. Cricket players can swing the time away as a pair of Bola Professional automatic bowling machines imported from the UK dispense never-ending practice balls. Each lane rental also includes helmets and bats, allowing even the unequipped to safely practice their swings or engage in jousts upon their teammate's backs.
William James once postulated that a chain is no stronger than its weakest link. If that's the case, One World Jiu Jitsu's chain would be pretty strong. The lowest rank of any instructor is a purple belt and the highest belongs to head instructor and second-degree black belt Mike Prudencio. Together, Prudencio and his team teach the art of jiu jitsu to kids and adults, offering valuable martial-art skills in a welcoming atmosphere. A typical class involves learning submissions, grapples, defense techniques, and the unstoppable stop, drop, and roll tactic.