Curves has established nearly 10,000 gyms for women in more than 85 countries, with 4 million members worldwide. Three Anchorage locations invite ladies of all fitness levels to the training circuit. Circuit trainees gather in a circle comprised of 13 resistance machines and 13 recovery stations. During the course of a 30-minute workout, they alternate between machines that work two opposing muscle groups with a single motion and recovery stations where they run, dance, or swagger in place to maintain heart rates. Ladies carry Curves Smart chips that feed their personal fitness info into the training machines. A green light on the chip indicates sufficient workout intensity, which rises as one's strength increases.
Curves now offers the 90-day Curves Complete program, which pairs diet and exercise with the motivation of peers and trainers.
The sporting aficionados at Bearpaw Archery believe the art of the arrow can and should be a family-oriented activity. They frequently populate the 20- and 30-yard ranges on their Wasilla facility with activities, instruction, and events that involve archers as young as 5. Youth leagues and 10-week homeschool classes accustom kids to the sport, and veteran competitors and recreational archers are treated to league play and a pro shop outfitted with equipment from brands including Excalibur Crossbow, Genesis, and Parker Compound Bows. The archers also welcome high-level competition by hosting the state shoots—an event where skilled archers plant their arrows precisely where they want them: holding up that slipping poster from Woodstock ‘69.
Anchorage Athletic Club combines years of fitness expertise with the palpable camaraderie of several group exercise classes led by a supportive staff. Solo workouts on cardio and strength equipment can grant the athleticism of a half-man, half-Walter Payton, and three specialized studios host hot-yoga sessions to promote breathwork and the development of a lithe figure. The club augments its body-sculpting services with add-ons such as childcare and tanning beds, and a roster of premium classes hones kung fu jabs and the self-defense maneuvers of krav maga. The Anchorage Athletic Club's staff maintains a friendly attitude while placing a premium on motivating guests in an affable and helpful way.
From inside their Alaska Adventure Unlimited's fire-warmed, creek-side chalets, a quartet of companions can revel in views of the Talkeetna Mountains, fish in nearby creeks and streams, hike glaciers, paddle rolling rivers, and unearth the natural wonders of Denali National Park. The bucolic-brained may explore the outdoors, and those looking to lounge may laze on the chalet's leather living room couches and pillow-topped king-, queen- or twin-sized beds. Chalets are equipped with a 32-inch flat screen television, an indoor jet Jacuzzi, and enough towels to dry off any Jacuzzi John or Creek Candice. While a continental breakfast of muffins and hot and cold cereal is prepared daily, the chalets' stainless steel and granite countertops grant gourmands a kingdom from which to cook the day's catch.
WildRide Sled Dog Rodeos pay homage to Alaska’s furriest and most distinctive athletes with an evening of music, laughs, and incredible exploits. Boasting a line-up of Iditarod and Yukon Quest champions both human and canine, rodeos pit sled teams against each other in races, test lead-dog training with voice-command obstacle courses, and shame local strongmen as a 16-dog team pulls a 10,000-pound truck from a standstill. After the competition, the young and young at heart can snap a photo with adorable husky puppies and meet Hugo, one of the four-legged stars of Disney’s Snow Buddies. Shows run rain or shine, with rodeo viewers safely ensconced in comfortable covered bleachers that protect attendees from the elements like stadium-sized mukluks.
Amateur pilots can learn how to fly Cessna planes, Piper J3 Cubs, and Maule MX7s during float ratings, bush courses, and tailwheel training with Legends Aviation. For those who'd rather see the sights than take the controls, tours traverse some of Alaska's most notable landscapes, including Denali National Park, the Mount Spurr volcano, and the Knik Glacier. Soar over the icy peaks and deep valleys or hire a plane to take you to official checkpoints along the Iditarod Trail to look for abandoned foam fingers.