John Gustafson began skating at 5 years old, rolling along on squeaky wheels that would carry him toward a lifetime of high-speed competition. At 25, he became a professional skater, winning national championships in both speed skating and figure skating before settling down as the owner of Auburn Skate Connection. His love of skating hasn’t dimmed, though; even with his 69th birthday approaching, John continues to lace up his skates each day to gain an extra 2 inches of height and guide students in the sport he knows so well.
Alongside instructors that he himself recruited, John teaches the art of effortless rolling during private lessons on the rink’s solid-wood skating surface. The team imbues students with the intricacies of quad and inline skating while also focusing on the fundamentals of racing. Their dedication has borne some notable fruit. Olympic gold-medalist Apolo Ohno took his first glides at Auburn, working with John for three years before moving on to his life of ice-based glory.
Rebecca Duty, Tahoma Athletic Club's regional manager, drew from her 15-year career in the fitness industry to engineer the ideal gym. She brought in Precor cardio equipment?including treadmills, elliptical machines, bikes, and steppers?then filled the cycle studios with Star Trac stationary bikes. She picked out Paramount plate-loaded equipment, Hammer Strength training machines, TRX equipment, and Iron Grip free weights. Duty calibrated everything with convenience in mind, down to the video-monitored childcare area. Since a TV perches on every piece of cardio equipment, parents can readily tune in and watch their tots between episodes of Suddenly Susan.
In addition to leading personal-training sessions, Tahoma Athletic Club's instructors lead group exercise classes such as TRX Suspension Training and yoga. Guests can also bronze in the Maple Valley location's SunMaster tanning beds or Lakeland's Montego Bay standup units.
Vision Quest Sport and Fitness promotes a five-pronged approach to fitness, covering cardiovascular, progressive resistance, proper diet, supplementation, and personal training. Like any decent clock factory, the clubs are open 24 hours a day, and each keeps its own schedule primed with group classes such as boxing, yoga, spinning, and hip-hop fitness. Body Sculpt sessions fashion forms with weights and bands, and Total Body Conditioning uses lighter weights and higher repetitions to create lean, mean muscle mass.
Members take part in complimentary wellness seminars from fitness experts to fine-tune their bodies, and teams of affiliated massage therapists, chiropractors, and nutrition gurus save skeletons and muscles from harmful injury.
The KUBE 93 Summer Jam brings together some of the biggest names in rap and hip-hop for an all-day festival of music and entertainment. With a star-studded lineup including Ludacris, Pitbull, T-Pain, B.o.B, New Boyz, Jeremih, and Big K.R.I.T., the festival exposes fans to numerous well-known acts without the scheduling hassles and food-allergy concerns of inviting them all to a dinner party. Although concessions are not included with this Groupon, two beer gardens offer refreshing tipples to guests 21 and older. The covered pavilion space helps provide shelter from the elements, keeping heads dry during rain, cool under the sun, and slime-free during showers of frogs.
Though it's not a stated goal of the staff at Super Jump Party Zone Auburn, after a party here, little ones are sure to be all tuckered out. The store-front space is stacked with inflatable play structures designed to help kids 12 and under burn off excess energy. Twin slides stretch 22 feet into the air, while an air-filled obstacle course challenges problem-solving skills as well as a child's sense of balance in a much more fun way than making them walk on tightropes to get to the cookies. In the private party room, guests perch on spacious picnic tables while the birthday child holds court on an inflatable throne. Meanwhile, parents can keep one eye on the action on the 15-foot screen, on which staff can project the big game.
When the staff refers to Xtreme Bounce of Fun's indoor space as a "soft play" playground, they're not just talking about the safe, pillowy surfaces. Instead of the glaringly bright primary colors of most indoor playgrounds, the space is done in pastels and cream colors. These muted tones make for a more calming environment?but they don't take away from the fun. During open play time, kids can crawl through tunnels, descend a light-up slide, and take turns on the cushioned carousel. As they traverse the playground, squares of blue and yellow padding on the floor protect them from hard falls. Socks are required for play, and are available for purchase in case you forgot them or turned them all into hand puppets on the way there.