When Detric Smith says he's inspired by results, he isn't necessarily referencing someone's new six-pack or bulging biceps. He derives the most satisfaction from seeing his students return to a beloved sport, flaunt a new pants size, or move through the day without chronic pain. Backed by a degree in exercise science and multiple training certifications, he achieves these goals with attentive group and private programming. He adjusts his boot camps and personalized sessions to suit each guest's experience level, and nutritional guidance and regular body assessments keep them abreast of their progress. He also gives clients his phone number, encouraging them to call for moral support or for backup during protein-shake-related hostage situations.
At each Show Bride event, local vendors showcase their wedding wares and nuptial know-how so that brides and grooms may glean inspiration and connections in preparation for the big day. Couples can trade creative thought bubbles while walking arm-in-arm through a roomful of exhibitors that cover 50 categories of wedding execution, from bands and bartenders to dental work and help scrapbooking a lock of every wedding attendee's hair. Each event-goer has ample one-on-one time with vendors for brainstorming, accepting free samples, and hoisting vendors atop chairs to get a feel for their structural integrity. Enter for free prizes that differ at each event but include such largess as travel, gift cards, and goody bags.
The friendly staffers at Bounce House's multiple Virginia locales breathe new life into the term sock hop, as well as lots of air into inflatable play surfaces. During Open Jump sessions and birthday parties, sock-clad moppets aged 1–12 can hop to their heels’ content across a cadre of themed inflatables, which catapult youngsters into TV-station simulacra and onto the surface of an air-hockey machine. As parents supervise, they can compare their children's bouncing with that of the stock market using complimentary WiFi. Each Bounce House fuels fun by keeping its snack bar fully stocked.
Amid all the indoor turf-sports fields of the Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex, there's one dark maze that's lit by black lights and glowing neon walls alone. In this shadowy space, players blast beams of light from their lasers, engaging in team combat and open play inside a 5,700-square-foot, space-themed arena. They dodge behind glowing wall lights, illuminated mock computer screens, and walls painted to resemble metal and rivets. Players as young as 5 can navigate the arena's black-lit halls, while the staff helps keep competition friendly during open play and birthday parties.
The ships of Norton’s Sailing School surge onward thanks to the winds of Chesapeake Bay and the words of instructors such as Brad Sindle—named one of the nation’s best ASA instructors in 2005, 2006, and 2008. Brad and his colleagues lead educational voyages for students of all experience levels, assisting them as they master techniques and learn the difference between southeasterly winds and sneezing shipmates. The school sends students out on late-model Hunter sailboats, which feature both inboard power and wheel steering for enhanced control on the water.:m]]
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.