Empower Yoga's team of dedicated teachers share their passion for the power vinyasa tradition with students of all fitness levels during 28 weekly classes. The studio's robust schedule accommodates inexperienced yogis with 80-degree, hour-long basics classes, where instructors provide detailed demonstrations, pose modifications, and hands-on guidance to help aspiring sticky mat warriors build strength, endurance, and bravery. The studio temperature bumps up to a balmy 90 degrees during all-levels power vinyasa classes that invite seasoned stretchers and beginners with three to five basic classes under their spiritual belt to partake in an intense mind-body workout. As students flow through a series of continuous postures linked together with mindful breath, the body's building internal heat helps expel harmful toxins through sweat while easing muscles into deep stretches, helping to strengthen balance and bullfrog hopping impressions.
Led by certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa yoga teacher, Thai-massage expert, and meditation enthusiast Yelena Storma, Lotus Yoga's experienced instructors guide students toward physical health and mental peace in a practice space warmed to 85–90 degrees. The schedule brims with more than a dozen weekly classes, during which students work to build flexible limbs and cores stronger than body armor made of a dozen duct-taped hula hoops. During one-hour basic classes, teachers demonstrate fundamental poses, offer verbal cues, and give students hands-on adjustments to ensure perfect form. Up to 15 students stretch in the sweltering heat of all-levels sessions, where they stretch and bend in the sultry heat to loosen muscles and help pores release sweat bearing pent-up toxins and romance-novel plots. Students perform deep-breathing exercises and athletic poses during Hour of Power classes, developing proficiency that can boost stamina, balance, and concentration.
Inspired by watching her sister turning and leaping in ballet class, Harley Atkinson began dancing at the age of 3. Throughout her life, she has gained a strong groundwork for dance, performing at the prestigious Makaroff School of Ballet and moving on to study contemporary and modern dance in college. Now a teacher at her own studio, she believes that everyone can learn to dance. She aims to free her students of their self-imposed limitations, motivating them to move their bodies to the music and gain confidence in their own styles. Following in a tradition she learned from her parents, Harley also offers reiki sessions for people who want to relax sans toe tapping.
The studio’s light and airy atmosphere contributes to the freedom of leaping as high as your body will allow. Upbeat music plays over the speaker system, a cushioned wooden floor prevents injuries, and floor-to-ceiling mirrors wrap around the walls to expose any tap-dancing shadow people.
The night sky is a vast ocean of celestial objects such as the moon, the bright lights of our closest stars, and the warm glow of neighboring galaxies. Located at the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley, Barlow Planetarium helps uncover the vastness of the universe through a 3-D-capable Digistar projector, which—combined with 10,000 watts of digital sound and a 48-foot projection screen—transports guests into the deepest trenches of space. The facility's star shows include family programs that make astronomy easy to understand as well as feature shows that tickle the minds of more hardened astronomy buffs. Along with celestial exploration, the planetarium transforms with dancing lights and rich sounds during laser shows. These programs add visual touches to music from the likes of The Beatles or Isaac Newton's little-known punk band.
The planetarium also hosts academic programs for grade-school children. These include the Wisconsin Space Academy, in which students build and launch rockets, and the Wisconsin Astronomy Academy, which lets pupils peer through telescopes and discover vending machines floating through space.
Premier Fitness of Appleton stocks its 6,000-square-foot muscle manufactory with modern cardio- and strength-building machines, surrounded by staff who aim to melt away fitness frustrations. The cheery citrus-hued facility offers buffening opportunities around the clock 365 days a year. A 15-inch TV perches atop each treadmill, cross-trainer, and other stamina-extending equipment. Melon farmers and globe salesman can relieve workday stresses by taking out aggression on a collection of medicine balls, and all can achieve a more sinewy shape with free and cable-assist weights and dumbbells from 2.5–95 pounds. Hop into Premier Fitness's tanning capsule at any time to turn biceps and elbowceps into a new tone. Private changing rooms and showers provide comfortable spaces for post-workout body-debriefing, while security cameras protect patrons at all hours elsewhere.
Ryan Dart's passion for sports started when he was five years old and continued through his college rugby career and beyond. After trying his first CrossFit class, the positive experience had Ryan hooked. Now this dually-certified CrossFit and weightlifting coach shares his knowledge with clients at his own gym, CrossFit Appleton. Ryan adapts CrossFit's scalable approach—which is used to train military personnel—to people of all fitness levels, from cage fighters to the elderly. Both he and his fellow trainer, Marie McCarthy, often encourage their students to go on a Paleolithic nutritional plan to achieve maximum results. This no-nonsense approach to eating cuts out carbohydrates such as sweets, sodas, and delicious looking wax fruit.