Planet Rock challenges novice and experienced climbers alike to discover the depth of their willpower reservoirs. Towering as high as five stories tall, the ever-changing climbing walls offer climbers a sense of adrenaline-pumping accomplishment and allow short folks to finally see what grows on top of the human head. And to help climbers reach these great heights, a team of experienced instructors lead free-climb programs, summer camps for kids ages 4 and older, and classes for those of all ages.
But it's not all rock climbing, lead climbing, and bouldering. At the Madison Heights location, the altitude addicts have debuted an aerial silks program, in which they teach students to scale up and slide down long, flowing silks?an activity that can improve the balance and strengthen the core of any participant. The instructors also work one-on-one with climbers who have special needs, assisting individuals with hearing, visual, or physical impairments, and the climbing gym has hosted the climbing portion of the Extremity Games for individuals with amputations.
When the Douglas J Aveda Institute opened in Knoxville in 2011, it joined a family of institutes and salons that Douglas Weaver started in the 1960s. Here, Aveda students pursue certification in cosmetology and esthiology while practicing their craft on real clients under the supervision of licensed educators. And because students perform the services, the rates are lower than at traditional salons. The Knoxville treatment menu includes hair design—cuts, color, retexturizing—as well as Aveda’s Elemental Nature facials, pedicures, and manicures.
The Institute is inside the historic S&W Grand building, a handsome art-deco landmark that, like a compassionate fairy-tale prince, is equally handsome on the inside. The spa rooms have a rustic balance of exposed brick and wood paneling, and the salon’s geometric light fixtures gleam upon checkerboard tile floors and industrial shelving lined with Aveda’s signature products.
Within the walls of the One on One Athletic Club's 35,000-square-foot facility, the sounds of bouncing basketballs and whirring exercise machines reverberate in tandem with the echoing voices of motivating instructors to create a round-the-clock symphony of hustle-and-bustle. Its staff of fitness experts packs the facility, assisting clients with the professional cardio and weight-training equipment or conducting personal-training sessions. The trainers also lead a variety of group classes, from high-intensity boot camps to revitalizing yoga sessions.
The club's expansive sports courts are also home to drop-in games of recreational sports like basketball, squash, and volleyball. Outside of the workout rooms, club facilities include a smoothie bar, steam rooms, and dry sauna.
Arbor Fit Club’s menagerie of equipment lives inside a spacious, sunlit environment that resembles a hybrid between gym and health club. Life Fitness and Hammer Strength machines help build up bodies, and personal TVs affixed to cardio gear permit guests to zone out as they slim down. Group fitness classes scheduled seven days a week include Les Mills weight-training routines and yoga. Away from the workout action, sophisticated amenities await members, including a plush living-room entry lounge and keypad lockers with a holographic doberman guard system. Patrons can sip protein-enriched shakes from the juice bar as whippersnappers enjoy the supervision of professional childcare staff.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
Jump City's indoor play land works hard to live up to its name. The vibrantly colored metropolis surrounds visitors with enough inflated slides, obstacle courses, and bounce houses to make any balloon animal regret its decision to move to the suburbs.