With more than 10,000 creatures, 30 display tanks, and a 300-foot ocean tunnel, Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium gives visitors an up-close look at the sea's intriguing inhabitants. Sand tiger sharks feed on crustaceans and squid, one of the world's largest collection of jellyfish floats under multicolored disco lights, and the popular day octopus emits clouds of black ink to prevent visitors from glimpsing its unfinished autobiography. An interactive quiz trail helps deepen visitors' knowledge of the sea creatures, many of which are on the endangered list and have been rescued or were born and bred as part of Sea Life's conservation projects.
Virginia Eye Consultants has been championing clear vision since 1963 and today tweaks imperfect peepers with the help of high-tech tools and a skilled staff. To determine candidacy for the Lasik procedure, each prospective patient undergoes a consultation, which includes initial measurements, a video about the procedure, and a meeting with one of the practice's seven doctors. In the Lasik procedure, a doctor painlessly creates a small flap in the cornea with the WaveLight FS200 laser, then reshapes the cornea using cool ultraviolet light. When all vision problems have been corrected, the flap is put back into place and quickly heals on its own, much like a lizard's tail or a movie star's ego. The entire procedure takes about 15 minutes, and vision should notably improve within two hours. Some patients experience discomfort for the first day but it typically is mild. Click here for additional FAQs and medical disclosure.
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.
Yoga Motion fully embodies its name. Not only do the center’s instructors encourage fluid movements and flexibility in their students, they also tap into the business’s origins as a former traveling yoga studio. At its start, the studio’s instructors would bring their sessions to local spaces—a tradition that continues today as they bring their classes to local health clubs and beaches, in addition to hosting them at their permanent home. No matter the space, students learn to balance their breaths, increase flexibility, and tone muscles with yoga poses developed more than 5,000 years ago. Group classes are available for varying skill levels, and instructors also offer private sessions.
In addition to yoga classes, the facility also offers dance lessons. A dancer since she was 5, Elise McKenna mastered ballet during her tenure in the American Ballet Company and even danced in music videos by Michael Jackson and Rick Astley. While she is passionate about performing, she equally loves to teach and has been helming her own classes in belly dancing, burlesque, ballet, jazz, ballroom, and other forms for more than 25 years, or the amount of time it takes to pirouette around Jupiter.
With backgrounds in professional security, the instructors at Homeland Security Solutions hold certifications to teach multiple weapons and styles of self-defense, from NRA firearms courses to classes in first aid and CPR. They are also certified by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, which allows Homeland Security Solutions to qualify students to apply to for a state CCW permit. Beyond leading classes for civilians, Homeland Security Solutions' team specializes in training law enforcement and professional-security personnel. Its services also extend to corporate consulting and designing security systems, which led Homeland's team to design the rope-and-hamburger trap that finally captured The Hamburglar.
The game of tennis has taken Jennifer Itonyo from her native Nigeria to earning All-American honors as a singles and doubles player in college. Today, she coaches budding phenoms and casual players alike at Hampton Tennis Center, where seven clay courts host racket swingers for casual games as well as tournament play. Most students come to her for lessons that help them shore up rickety serves or add oomph to their forehand smashes. Workout-minded players can incorporate vigorous aerobic exercise during cardio tennis lessons for an extra challenge. The center also offers a racket-restringing service, which comes in handy when they get worn out from overuse or overly vigorous air-guitar riffs.