Many of Marlynna Waller’s young riders begin lessons soft-voiced and shy. But those traits quickly dissipate in the arena. “There has to be constant communication between horse, rider, and instructor,” says Waller of her lessons. The award-winning rider has trained students for a decade and has seen many of them bloom into skilled riders whose confidence extends beyond the arena.
Waller recognizes that every rider comes to her stable with different goals, so she tailors her lessons to the rider’s aspirations: training without stirrups, for instance, helps students strengthen their legs. Gentle trots offer slow-paced relaxation, while jumping offers an unparalleled adrenaline rush. Regardless of the itinerary, Waller strives to foster a safe learning environment where students can decide which area of equestrianism they wish to pursue, be it dressage or carousel operations.
With its hardwood floors and brick walls, Title Boxing Club could be a cozy living room—it weren't for the rows upon rows of punching bags. The fitness center's group workouts focus on boxing and kickboxing; boxing sessions hinge on a series of three-minute bag rounds, and kickboxing sessions cover classic maneuvers, including roundhouses and back kicks. Personal-training sessions offer more one-on-one attention, with workouts tailored to the client's individual needs.
At White Horse Equestrian, riders earn their spurs during lessons, classes, and outings run by the ranch’s corral of coaches. Students learn horsemanship and riding techniques according to their existing skillset, whether acquiring advanced communication skills or fundamentals, such as where in the saddle to store a pony's sunglasses on cloudy days. Casual visitors can board rented steeds for trail rides, attend themed summer camps, or use the idyllic grounds to host a birthday party featuring games, crafts, and instructional trots.
In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their children's development, their kids learn to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of their preschool knitting circles.
The staff at Cain Park Bicycle stocks bikes and bike accessories for pedal pushers of all stripes. Acquire an adult-oriented velocipede such as the Bianchi C2C Via Nirone 7 2300 ($650), or teach a tot about the liberating loneliness of the open road with a Kazam Kid's balance bike ($75). The two-wheeled emporium proffers bikes from Biria, Rocky Mountain, and Miele, among other well-known brands, and delights in fixing up ailing cycles of any make, whether they need a tune-up or complete rebuild.
Aerobic kickboxing melds martial arts with time-tested workout regimens and enhances the scene with energizing tunes. While improving flexibility and battling body enemies such as heart disease, kickboxing annihilates up to 800 calories in one hour, scorching the evidence of midnight bakery raids. The certified fitness pros at Asian Sun inject cardio-fit kickboxing classes with punches, jabs, and kicks that tone physiques and arm fitness seekers with a self-defense artillery to ward off hordes of alley-lurking trolls.
The 6,490-yard course at Wicked Woods Golf Club challenges golfers of all types with rolling tree-lined fairways and ball-gobbling sand traps. Each elevated tee box proffers whimsical views of undulating greens and serene water hazards, and provides peace of mind to sensitive club heads that favor precise placement over crushing drives or explosive putts. A complimentary cart transports twosomes and their clubs to pins or shanked shots more easily than a piggyback ride from a caddy, and keeps muscles well rested for canoodling with the gallery after sinking holes-in-one. Resulting in the utmost of relaxation, weekend rounds cap off long workweeks, and weekday matches utilize fast-rolling greens to get golf balls home before curfew.