As garage doors slowly open, the spartan practice room is revealed: an indoor golf studio with a green carpet floor specked with square golf hitting mats that transforms into a covered driving range. Located inside a stately, sandstone-brick clubhouse, the practice area serves as the practice grounds of Colorado State University golf teams and ground zero for the Golf Academy of Northern Colorado, where golfers consult PGA-certified instructors about their golf swing rather than waiting in vain for Jack Nicklaus?s spirit animal to appear in their dreams. Outside, players take advantage of a practice facility featuring tee box training as well as a short game area.
Though Sue Harragan and Tawnya Christian discovered barre workouts on opposite coasts, a mutual love of fitness and their desire to help others achieve their "best self" brought them together in Las Vegas. They became business partners and founded their first fitness studio, where they strengthened hearts, cores, and limbs with ballet-inspired barre workouts. And that was just the beginning. Since then, Sue and Tawnya have trained new instructors who have gone on to found studios throughout the country, creating a national fitness empire the duo dubbed thebodybar(re).
At each location, upbeat music fuels the signature class, during which students line up at the ballet barre and perform a toning routine. These routines are based on dance-training moves blended with elements of yoga, Pilates, and orthopedic stretching, though no experience in dance is required to succeed. They combine fat-burning bouts of interval training with flexibility-boosting and muscle-toning moves, giving students the lithe, slim limbs of a ballerina or Gumby. And some classes offer variations on the signature workout, too, incorporating resistance equipment or slow, calculated movements to emphasize form.
Sylvia Chan loved painting when she was a child, but the only formal training she received was in high-school art classes and while studying fashion design. Her love for the art stayed with her later in life, though, and she eventually founded Picasso and Wine, creating a supportive, stress-free environment where guests could exercise their passion for painting while getting guidance from local artists. These highly social art parties remain open to any skill level, and the studio provides all the paints, canvases, and brushes. Each session presents attendees with an original work—such as a city skyline or a fall landscape—and tasks them with creating a faithful rendition of the piece while using sips of wine, beer, or gourmet tea to jump-start their creative impulses. The instructors offer helpful tips for capturing the light or painting anti-theft symbols into the background, and they allow partygoers to take their pieces home afterward.
Terry Sandmeier, informally known as Captain Sandy, began cultivating his lifelong passion for sailing as a boy growing up on the Gulf of Mexico. He first acquired the taste for sailing while cruising along the gulf coast from Texas to Mississippi. Today, with more than 35 years of experience, Captain Sandy alternates between sailing Colorado's mountain lakes and the warm waters off the Florida Keys. He imparts his experience to burgeoning sailors aboard his US Yachts 18, teaching them skills from interpreting the wind to lassoing passing clouds on breezeless days.