More often than not, PGA Class A Professional Steven Pfeifer can be found doling out instruction to club-swinging students out on the practice range or on the course at Hawks Creek Golf Club. During lessons, Steven’s overarching aim is to find the mechanics that work best for each student; he believes that golfers too often overanalyze their swing when they simply need to relax and make contact with the ball. Private lessons include coaching them on every facet of the game, from tee, to green, to tiebreaking tugs of war with the 18th flagstick.
The emerald easements of Hidden Valley's 18-hole miniature golf course encompass more than an acre of topsy-turvy terrain lined with rocky outcrops and windmills. Miniature golf posses engage in rapidly escalating one-upmanship as they traverse the scenic circuit, rolling colorful golf balls over multitiered greens that create breaking putts more difficult to read than ancient hieroglyphs projected onto a fun-house mirror. Putters lose their sense of direction with streams, waterfalls, and fountains that mist throughout the course. Hidden Valley also offers a game room and picnic area, along with refreshments to slake parched putters or create impromptu water hazards in front of their opponents' orbs.
Whether serenely building up endorphins, balance, and strength through yoga classes or taking in the surrounding sights on a sunset tour, Lakeside Paddle has a team of professional instructors ready to help students of all levels master the sport of standup paddleboarding. Besides offering introductory standup-paddleboarding lessons, the instructors help students connect with nature and and themselves with floating nature tours and 90-minute yoga sessions surrounded by gently rippling water. To further its commitment to the growth of inland surf sports, Lakeside Paddle offers club memberships, performs monthly cleanups of trash in the lake, and supports local events such as the upcoming Centennial Celebration Boat, SUP, and Kayak Parade.
At Sigma Performance Swimming, dedicated instructors coach everyone from toddlers taking their first splash to adults training for professional trials. The waters in 25-yard indoor and outdoor pools are churned to a froth as swimmers work to hone the school’s three focuses: technique, speed, and endurance. With a ratio of five students to one instructor, pupils are granted ample individual attention as they learn basic aquatic strokes. Students can consult footage of their form during an underwater-stroke analysis to further refine their technique. As their talents grow, swimmers can join Sigma’s nationally competitive teams or set personal goals, prepare for races, and perfect their sailfish Halloween costumes.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
More than 40 years ago, the four Machado brothers—Roger, Rigan, Carlos, and John—founded RCJ Machado Jiu-Jitsu to pass on the Brazilian martial-arts knowledge they acquired from the late jiu-jitsu master Carlos Gracie. Although the Machado brothers' legacy now spans TV and movie appearances, plus work with celebrities ranging from Chuck Norris to Usher, their school still takes new martial artists of all ages through the fundamentals and beyond. Some locations also include classes in kickboxing, MMA, and capoeira—a Brazilian blend of martial arts and dance.