Four players enter. Two players leave. Then the other two players leave, but only because they've just lost a soccer match. The soccer cage is a condensed form of the sport developed in Europe to hone fundamentals in a confined arena. Matches are limited to three minutes apiece, and the smaller format emphasizes precision shots, ball control, and perfectly timed tackles. Besides this lightning-fast take on every sneaker's favorite game, Soccer Cage Sports also rents a larger cage called the Arena, a multifunctional cage called the Pit, and a 26-foot-tall climbing wall with an auto-belay system.
The instructors at Denton Boxing Club teach their students to follow in the footwork and land punches in the fist prints of the great boxers who have come before them. That doesn't mean they're a bunch of roughnecks, though. Rather, they embrace the sport’s classic training style, focusing on fitness during group lessons and reserving actual sparring instruction for private sessions. In addition to arming students with self-defense-style combos, these group classes increase strength through sessions with the heavy bag, and boost stamina with targeted of cardio and endurance work. Designed by actual boxers, classes also torch calories and slim down waistlines, and boost overall fitness with workouts that engage muscle groups throughout the body.
As waves churn in the mid-Atlantic, Captain Matt Meadows is hard at work. He has to deliver a sail boat to an eagerly awaiting customer at his destination port in Italy. Though the United States Coast Guard Master occasionally delivers boats domestic and abroad, his main passion is teaching. From his home base on Lake Lewisville, Captain Meadows and his team of skippers lead lessons ranging from intro to sailing classes all the way through advanced sailing certifications, during which they teach students essential sailing lingo, such as starboard and Pirates of the Caribbean. They also instruct on specialty concentrations such as celestial navigation and offshore sailing. They lead beginning and advanced racing lessons for students interested in performance sailing, and they also rent out their schooners for all sorts of occasions.
Boasting a spacious driving range and practice areas for putting and chipping, Timbercreek Golf Center helps club-toting clientele hone all facets of their golf games. Buckets brimming with obedient range balls facilitate swing improvements, as each spheroid willfully subjects itself to swing experiments while commending duffers for their stylish neon knickers. All-grass hitting areas further enhance practice sessions, as the organic surface more closely emulates on-course lies and allows golfers to seek divot-tearing vengeance on Mother Earth for a lifetime of debilitating grass stains. Well-struck drives jettison balls into the stratosphere before they rain down on the range's large target greens that beckon in the distance. The range is also illuminated each night, enabling divoteers to hone swings in late-night sessions.
The instructors at Excite! Gym, Cheer, and Dance fulfill many roles for each child, from leading dance, gymnastics, cheer, and tumble classes to ushering fun programs. They work with students preschool aged and up, focusing mostly on the physical skills needed for tumbling, cheerleading, and dance. They hold regular classes for kids to attend, and also conduct more succinct summer and holiday camps. All the while, instructors monitor their charges' progress carefully, regularly promoting them to more challenging classes as they master the skill requirements.
Equipment: Trampolines, tumble mats, foam pit, bars, beams, all spring floors.
Students should bring: Comfortable clothing, pack a lunch and drink.
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 25+
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
At Kim's USA Taekwondo and Gymnastics (Lewisville) and Kim's Taekwondo Institute (Amarillo), students hone their technique in martial arts and soccer with the help of experienced instructors and supportive class environments. Students who attend Kim's Lewisville location can also hone their gymnastics skills. Afterschool martial-arts camps are not only physically beneficial and fun for kids, but they're also convenient for parents—kids are picked up from their elementary school and transported via van or magic carpet to Kim's studio for camps. Themed birthday parties round out the menu of offerings at this 25,000-square-foot facility.