Within Dudziak's School of Gymnastics’ two-story, 12,000-square-foot facility, athletes back spring across three tumble tracks into foam and resi pits or flip atop four in-ground trampolines. With the help of this equipment, certified instructors lead students, primarily aged K–12, through lessons in gymnastic and tumbling. Their routines cover skills from tumbling basics to high-flying maneuvers as advanced as opening an airplane’s sunroof. Summer camps and afterschool programs help keep kids active when they’re not in school.
Techniques from traditional and modern martial arts styles coalesce in drop-in classes that bestow the self-defense skills necessary to make calories and future foes flee for their lives. A black-belted staff of martial arts gurus guides students of all skill levels through the combat techniques of kickboxing and jujitsu, pausing only to relay snippets of sage wisdom and to put out fires inadvertently started by the studio’s pet dragon. While instructors respect the ancient practices of their forebears, classes rely on an up-to-date scientific understanding of martial arts to maximize fitness benefits. Whether unleashing a flood of punches and kicks on hapless bags in basic kickboxing classes or sparring with opponents in advanced Brazilian jujitsu standoffs, students may expect to emerge from training with sharpened concentration, improved self-esteem, and a tendency to speak only in opaque aphorisms.
Influenced by a background in ballet and intensive study of Egyptian dance, Rosa Noreen mixes up her traditional belly-dancing skills with a touch of Western style. She emphasizes the power of pauses, and her fun and sophisticated dance style has spawned its very own instructional DVD, Delicious Pauses: Negative Space in Movement. All the material on the DVD comes directly from her experience teaching belly dancing at her studio, where students of all skill levels learn to shimmy and shake according to ancient techniques. As students progress through the curriculum, they learn to improvise moves and create choreography on the fly. Rosa also goes on location to put on shows with other traveling belly dancers and students, even attending national gatherings in Las Vegas.
Playing a round of golf is always unpredictable. Rain can spoil it. Any storm can, really. And in most places, golf courses lay dormant for half a year, their fairways untouched as they await the passing of the season. Fortunately, the courses at Fore Season Indoor Golf never close. That's because they exist in the massive, high-definition screens of seven Full Swing golf simulators and are impervious to weather. Best of all, the simulators let golfers play replicas of 42 world famous courses, including Pebble Beach and Pinehurst No. 2., without having to book airfare or turn their golf bag into a personal jet pack.
Along with the golf simulators, the facility’s driving net and indoor putting green allow for golfers to work on every facet of their golf game or schedule lessons conducted by the center’s two instructors. Fore Season Indoor Golf also shares space with a Pub that serves a menu of hot dogs, burgers, and sandwiches that golfers can eat by spearing them with golf tees.
The Academy's coaches are serious about self-defense. They lead a variety of classes that teach the technical side of martial arts, such as Brazilian jujitsu classes, as well as those that combat the realities of an unexpected attack, such as women's self-defense classes. They also offer lessons for kids.
Owned by winter-sport wizards Chris Carleton and Mike Davies, Allspeed Cyclery & Snow toils to restore out-of-shape skis to tiptop form with expert and personalized attention. Eschewing repair machines and constantly rebooting robots, Allspeed painstakingly iron-waxes all skis by hand, providing a finer tune that endures much longer than with traditional tuning processes. After their skis' bases and edges are flattened and sharpened by Allspeed's wet belt, snow junkies will zoom down the mountain while gleefully taunting gangs of abominable snowmen. With 20 years of ski-retailing prowess, Chris and Mike possess the detail-oriented knowledge needed to tune-up anyone's skis or elongated clown feet.
Since man’s earliest days, when bows and arrows were necessary for hunting and surviving among dangerous creatures, archery has been a test of mettle that demands patience and precise movements. At Lakeside Archery, owner and National Archery Association Level IV coach Steve Dunsmoor shows students the ways of the ancient practice. He and his team lead private and group training sessions, and oversee a Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program for serious young archers or aspiring birthday balloon hunters. Training may take place on any of Lakeside's ranges, which include a seasonal indoor range with bull's-eyes and 3D targets, an outdoor 3D range, and an 80-yard outdoor shooting range. The academy also houses a pro shop where factory-trained technicians repair bows, build custom arrows, and offer expert advice.