Certified personal trainer Mark Waggoner has been bodybuilding since age 11, but he lacked core strength until he discovered TRX equipment. Using the force of gravity as a resistance-training tool, these sturdy straps fortify the abs and back with customizable body-weight exercises. The movements mesh well with many types of workouts, including yoga routines, circuit-training sessions, and escapes from angry swarms of hornets. The studio's TRX Max boot camp incorporates tools such as kettlebells and jump ropes to cultivate functional brawn and flexibility. To complement TRX's stretches and strength builders, the studio hosts calorie-torching Zumba sessions, which incorporate vibrant international music and up to 15 Latin-inspired dances. Mark also propels exercisers toward their goals during one-on-one training sessions brimming with personalized workouts and goal-setting assistance. :m]]
The designers of Zip Yosemite, Experience Based Learning, focuses on adventure and safety in building their courses, but they also take care to look after the environment. The company uses Professional Ropes Course Association–accredited builders, who anchor single cables to trees using the Eco-Wrap system, a bolt-free method that doesn't pierce the tree and invite criticism from its grandparents. Using this system, the company can string six ziplines up to 1,000 feet long at heights of up to 80 feet through the aromatic canopies of incense cedars and ponderosa pine trees. Guides take visitors darting down these single-cable paths and across three suspension bridges. Then, they rappel toward the forest floor at one of two rappelling stations. As visitors glide through the forest, they can catch glimpses of wildlife as well as the Fresno Dome and other natural rock formations.
Surrounded by towering foothills and nestled next to the waterways of scenic Carson Valley, Sunridge Golf Club’s 18-hole, par 72 course stretches across 6,914 yards of picturesque vistas and challenging course play. The layout demands confident swings from the first tee box—the beginning of a 575-yard par 5—where errant shots will find an aquatic abyss to the right of the fairway. Tight fairways and intervening creeks supply the bulk of the challenge throughout the round, requiring golfers to summon sound course management, deft club selection, and one flutist versed in charming pond monsters. A relatively difficult course, Sunridge’s five tee options and photo-op-worthy topography make for an enjoyable round for golfers of all abilities. Players can warm up their swings prior to the round at the driving range, which offers both grass and synthetic-turf hitting surfaces, allowing players to choose whether to infuriate Mother Earth by tearing divots into her cherished dirt or by favoring her inorganic doppelganger.
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Vertical Fitness's group belly-dancing classes provide an empowering workout, strengthening muscles and improving flexibility in a calming, spa-like studio, with bamboo floors and soft candle lighting. Instructor Wendy Scott fuses a background in Pilates and massage therapy with one-hour belly-dance-basics classes, teaching first timers introductory hypnotizing arts such as stretching, posture, and finger-cymbals work. More advanced torso-wigglers can try Christine Karnofsky's classic belly-dancing classes, which last 90 minutes and cover choreography, chaining together movements, and how to dance atop a photocopier.