Hunters Pointe Farm takes advantage of its 20 acres of picturesque farmland, using it as the backdrop for teaching proper horse riding. The farm is helmed by Robin Lawrence, a trainer with 35 years of experience who’s in the process of receiving an official United States Equestrian Federation judge’s card. Here, equestrians of all experiences and backgrounds can learn more about the sport on multiple trails, two jumping field, or inside an indoor arena. Lessons range from introductory sessions that go over the equine basics to more advanced elements of horsemanship, such how to neigh a top 40 single. If you’re interested in jumping into the world of horse ownership, the farm has a number of animals available for sale at any given time.
Heartland Dental Care's member practices pursue a patient-centric approach to keeping teeth tartar-free and bite-ready. Show off your champion chompers to an oral x-ray machine, which will be so suitably impressed it'll snap photos providing toothy views unavailable to the naked eye or standard-issue x-ray specs. A thorough cleaning polishes each mouth stone without the clumsy mechanics of a jaw-mounted rock tumbler, turning average grins into blinding megawatt smiles. An expert exam makes sure each tooth is in good shape and securely welded to the cranial frame. Superb for competitive taffy eaters and Cheshire Cat impersonators, rebuffed teeth provide everything a mouth needs to preserve its reputation of being the most dangerous place for food.
More than 17 acres of lush pasture skirt the facilities at Sterling Shields Stables and Riding Academy, a horseback riding school aimed at beginner to intermediate riders. The school’s instructors place an emphasis on proper form, starting pupils out in the English saddle to learn balance and fundamentals. From there, students progress at their own pace in disciplines such as English riding, hunter/jumper, Western pleasure, and dressage.
Sterling Shields' facilities are carefully designed to ensure comfort year-round. During each lesson, parents can watch their child's progress on monitors in a viewing room that also doubles as a coffee bar. A warm, insulated barn keeps riders toasty as they prepare their mounts in winter. During the summer, the academy hosts horse camps for all levels of experience, during which participants attend daily lessons, learn proper horsemanship, and study the parts of a horse to gain a knowledge base for future veterinary careers and Jeopardy rounds.
In their no-nonsense gym, certified CrossFit trainers Dan Moss and Darin Moon lead intense, fat-blasting workouts that focus on functional movements and varied exercises. It's a method that works every muscle group, sheds weight, and inclusive, scaling up or down to all fitness levels and body types. During one-hour sessions, Dan and Darin motivate fitness enthusiasts to shimmy up ropes, heave heavy barbells, and hop on and off plyometric boxes in preparation for visits to Q*bert's home. Their schedule accommodates students Monday through Saturday, with each membership package including unlimited workout sessions and one-on-on attention.
It’s hard to imagine a trainer more dedicated to fitness than Josh Kuklak, the owner of Survival Fitness Gym. An ACE-certified personal trainer, Josh holds state records in powerlifting on the bench-press and deadlift platforms, and has also competed in hockey, tennis, karate, and weight training. Along with Diana Fisbeck, also an ACE-certified trainer, he leads boot camp-style workouts that call upon muscle confusion—through constantly varied routines—to promote building strength and melting fat.
Their boot camps fuse cardio, resistance training, and plyometrics into workouts that change every day to prevent workout burnout. Leaving treadmills and weight machines behind, the sessions incorporate a slew of nontraditional fitness equipment. Students might flip oversize tires and hang from gymnastics rings one day, and then heave sledgehammers and box heavy bags until they cry uncle the next. Their basic-training class focuses on core work and endurance, and strength training blends elements of powerlifting, bodybuilding, and functional training to pack on muscle and annihilate fat. The fitness duo also leads personal-training sessions, motivating clients to reach their goals and harmonizing with them during workout songs.
When designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. made Prairie View Golf Club his first Indiana project in 1997, he peppered 18 holes across 206 acres of natural beauty. His design hugs the White River, which rings the course on three sides, but only interferes with shots at four holes. Native grasses trim the entire perimeter of the former soybean- and cornfields, while oak, sycamore beech, and cottonwood trees surround the back nine holes. But the natural obstacles pale in comparison to the manmade impediments – 90 sand traps, including one that stretches 135 yards, make the par-72 course a challenge for even the most avid golfer. Creative flagstick positioning invites visitors to modify their technique for approach shots, with an emphasis on precision rather than power, much like surgically extracting a swallowed engagement ring.
For some added muscle on the course, patrons can practice swings at golf lessons or map out a plan of attack over breakfast at The Albatross Grille, which overlooks the course.
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