Aspen Athletic Club amasses top-of-the-line equipment, seasoned trainers, and luxurious amenities within five gym spaces across Des Moines. A fleet of cardio and strength-training machinery from brands such as LifeFitness and Star Trac heavily populate the floors, allowing guests ample access to the equipment. In addition to a cardio theater, the Hickman gym boasts 12 onsite tennis courts and specialized studios for martial arts and women-only workouts. Visitors to the 14th Street location can sign up for aquatic classes or swim laps solo across the pool. Other amenities such as tanning, massage therapy, and gold-plated kettlebells vary from club to club.
Certified personal trainers plan out custom routines for clients, and highly qualified instructors lead Zumba steps, spinning seminars, and, at certain locations, fast-paced Les Mills classes. The professional staff also offer nutritional counseling at all locales.
An all-inclusive fitness center, Seven Flags provides its members with opportunities for both leisurely activities and intense athletic training. Its expansive facility comprises an aquatic center, tennis and basketball courts, a running track, and fitness rooms, where trained staff members instruct and oversee their students' performance. In addition to sports-specific conditioning, they provide personal training and group classes, with everything from innovative Kosama boot camps to calming yoga sessions.
Astronaut Basketball Academy gives young players the skills to make it look as though they're dribbling, shooting, and slam-dunking in zero gravity. Even though their shoes are technically on the ground, they fly across the court, developing high-level techniques from a young age through lessons, skill clinics, and camps. Boys and girls can play against their peers in friendly competitions and perform drills to commit the moves to muscle memory. Soon, they'll be hanging from the rim with no effort at all.
For three days each year, the Grinnell Games takes over the central Iowa college town with a gauntlet of fun-focused, family-friendly sporting events and games. Many of the town's 15 miles of bicycle trails and more than 70 acres of public parks become the stage for races, bike races, and sports such as basketball and dodgeball. 5K runs, for instance, follow a gently looping path through this natural setting and historical downtown, while a 10K run at sunset circles around the lake at Rock Creek State Park. The difficult Warrior Run event challenges runners with mud pits and towering obstacles, but rewards them with a live music and beer party. Meanwhile, a scavenger hunt sends participants off on a wild chase throughout the town, where challenges range from solving puzzles and finding landmarks to memorizing the first three paragraphs of the 1976 zoning codes.