The coaches at CrossFit Virtue believe in the CrossFit system because its virtues are applicable in the real world. Since the system incorporates full-body exercises that use functional everyday movements, it readies its charges for anything from picking something up from the floor or getting out of a chair to playing a sport or running a marathon. It also makes activity safer by increasing durability through the strength and flexibility earned from those exercises. At CrossFit Virtue, instructors ease newcomers into the system with fundamentals classes, and they also offer one-on-one training.
At the end of a fruitful career that led her from the Cincinnati Ballet to the Sacramento Ballet, Jennifer Williams funneled her dance savvy into creating the barre-inspired exercise system taught at Pop Physique, a 2013 CityVoter finalist for Best Gym. Her fleet of handpicked and personally trained instructors pairs graceful ballet moves with other low-impact exercises in order to chisel cores without injuring muscles. Deep stretches further preserve tendons and leave each student more relaxed than a tortoise moseying past a state patrolman with a radar gun. Sessions run multiple times a day, seven days a week at an expanding network of SoCal locations. The roomy studios are lined with sprung dance floors and design accents that lend each location a distinct personality and a chance to forget its past as a storage room for defective food processors.
After studying handmade jewelry design at New York City's Fashion Institute of Technology, jewelry artist Heather Kraty embarked on a globetrotting adventure, living on a catamaran off St. Martin, opening a Miami nightclub with Sean Penn, and mastering silverwork in Mexico. After her whirlwind of travels and enriching life experiences, Kraty settled in Huntington Beach. She now looks back to her childhood love of nature to inspire her as she crafts elegant rings, anklets, necklaces, and earrings infused with a charming rustic aesthetic.
Each sterling or 14k gold-covered adornment inspires wearers with hand-carved maxims and heartfelt advice, such as "Be your true self" or "Always buy plane tickets when petroleum prices are low on the world market." Kraty plies her trade with time-honored jewelrysmith techniques such as lost-wax casting, willing into existence handmade, one-of-a-kind works of art that beg to be cherished and worn forever.
Until 1970, Doug Warbrick and Brian Singer ran one of hundreds of Australian surf shops vying for attention in a highly competitive market. Both avid surfers, they realized that too many companies supplied boards while too few manufactured wetsuits. So they bought a small house and a pre-World War II sewing machine, then cut up rubber from the floor to weave into prototype designs that they test-piloted themselves. Rip Curl was founded on the principles that, "Rip Curl is a company for, and about, the Crew on The Search." The company bases its foundation on the guiding concepts that the products they make, the events they run, the riders they support and "the people they reach globally are all part of the Search that Rip Curl is on" .
Now made with the duo's own Elastomax and SlickSkin technology, the wetsuits are one of many Rip Curl items designed and distributed in more than 60 countries around the world. Though products such as handcrafted custom boards and tide-tracking wristwatches retain the company's ties to surfing, the business has since expanded to gear and accessories for boardsports that include snow, skate, and wake. Rip Curl also continues to foster the boardsport community with Rip Curl Pro competitions throughout the globe and sponsored teams of top surfing, snowboarding, and wakeboarding athletes.
Besides hanging a family portrait over the mantel, most folks share and look at photos on the Internet. Digital cameras and social media have made photography even easier than the last technological advance, the "Say cheese!" method, but there's something missing?namely, a sense of occasion. A link to a Facebook image of your grandmother as a young woman will never carry the same weight as holding the photograph itself.
That's where MailPix comes in. Its graphic designers transform digital photos into stunning keepsakes, including gallery-wrapped canvas prints or metallic panels that give snapshots the look of museum-quality photographs. For people who'd like to snuggle with or drink from their photos, MailPix can turn images into high-quality blankets, iPad cases, or coffee mugs.
The key to Zazzle.com?s success isn?t a 3,000-strong stock of T-shirts, phone cases, and accessories?it?s the fact that customers can express themselves on products before they're printed and shipped, generally within 24 hours. The website?s user-friendly design interface allows customers to affix their favorite pictures to messenger bags, scrawl personalized messages on coffee mugs, or insert their favorite movie character into family portraits. Zazzle.com also showcases designs from creative customers around the globe and big names such as Disney, Marvel, and The Who. Each product is made to order and bears a 100% satisfaction guarantee.