Spawned by gung mao kung fu, a form of martial arts developed in 19th-century Okinawa, Gangi kung fu arose in 1985 thanks to Master Soshihan Joe Gangi. He held a black belt in gung mao kung fu, goju karate, jujitsu, and many other forms of martial arts. So he combined ancient and modern components of MMA to create something new: Gangi kung fu. The method married yoga-inspired conditioning moves and meditation with sparring. At Gangi Martial Arts & Fitness, Master Gangi and his assistant teachers continue to promote the unique practice through their martial-arts classes.
Exercisers seek out stronger muscles and leaner forms in National Fitness & Tan's state-of-the-art health-club facility with encouragement from a staff of weigh- loss and workout professionals. Rows of advanced fitness equipment fill the 8,000-square-foot health club instead of bulky, human-sized hamster balls or stationary penny-farthings. Pump up with strength-training machines, cable machines, and free weights, or get your heart racing on a treadmill, treadclimber, or elliptical machine, all of which are equipped with televisions to keep brains entertained while bodies get fit. During four sessions with a personal trainer, novices develop a balanced fitness program through conditioning routines and overcome fitness plateaus. They can continue calorie mastery at home after a one-on-one appointment with author and weight-loss expert Trista Rodéo. Trista will analyze clients' eating habits, create meal plans based on their nutritional needs, and explain which foods are best for the body and which are waxen centerpieces. After the consultation, four weekly weight-loss coaching sessions ensure clients stay on the right track.
Diamond Edge LLC's head instructor, Samantha Swanson, got her start as an equestrian when she was just four years old. Because her parents lived on a dude ranch, Samantha started out with Western riding before transitioning to English riding at the age of six—a discipline that would carry her to prestigious circuit championships all the way through high school. Today, with her competition years behind her, she grooms new legions of riders to compete at the same high level. She starts beginners out with the basics of communication with the horse—including vocal commands, body language, and love letters written in hoof tracks—until they're ready to move on to entry-level jumping and showing in intermediate lessons. Students can also fine tune their skills in advanced lessons, and truly push themselves to perform their best if they're willing and able to take on the challenge of show team lessons.
No body is exactly alike. So when personal trainer Steve Mehaffey—who bears a BA in exercise science alongside numerous fitness certifications—meets with clients, he doesn’t prescribe the same programs for every person. Instead, he tailors his sessions to include whether clients want to tone up, lose inches, or build muscle faster than the Hulk in line at the DMV. Additionally, he can work around hindrances such as age and medical conditions to help clients get their health where the want it to be.
Paramount Grove’s head trainer Molly McAdow welcomes eager horseback riders to her 30-acre countryside headquarters, where they’ll find two outdoor arenas, one indoor arena, and a hunt field ready for trotting and galloping. McAdow has honed her expertise throughout a lifetime of horseback riding—a career that includes numerous salt-lick tastings and medals in both the equitation and hunter rings as a junior. Riders learn from her wisdom during lessons, in which she sheds light on proper technique and helps students achieve their goals.
Steeds’ safety is also of high importance to McAdow. Fire-safety sprinklers protect every private stall, and the barn and indoor arena are heated during the winter. This prevents horses from getting cold and snowmen from wandering inside to taunt the animals with their noses.
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Six national flags representing sovereignties such as Germany, the United States, and Great Britain hang valiantly from the rafters of Pine Grove Equestrian Center’s indoor arena. At 63’ x 168’, the heated space provides ample room for riders ranging from beginners to advanced equestrians to pairs of Shetland ponies in trench coats. Students enjoy one-on-one attention from passionate instructors during lessons that focus on developing proper technique in the saddle as well as a bond between rider and horse.