Rocky Mountain Batting Cages challenges softball and baseball lumber-luggers with six batting cages that use four semiautomatic fast- and slow-pitching machines. Once inside the cage with a free helmet and bat, batters set themselves in the new turf of the batter's box, simulating on-field experience with pre-at-bat rituals such as tightening gloves, loosening shoulders, or singing the refrain from "U Can't Touch This." For ace hurlers and infield clamberers, throwing tunnels and two pitching mounds make for a spot to hone in on an unhittable knuckleball. Rocky Mountain Batting Cages uses video analysis equipment and MotionPro! software to crunch cage-culled data and dispense digital feedback on swing technique and pitch fluidity.
With a collection of more than 250,000 wealth-related objects, The ANA Money Museum educates currency-curious visitors on the history, art, and science of money. Catch the sparkle from silvery English coins from Oliver Cromwell's reign at the Coins, Crown, and Conflict exhibit. Or, watch golden change from 1795 to 1933 gleam in the Harry W. Bass Jr. Gallery, which also features a complete collection of $3 coins. Anyone who uses raw chunks of silver to brush his or her teeth will admire the die-cast craftsmanship and the image of the Goddess of Liberty cast on the museum's two U.S. 1804 dollars, of which there are only 15 known copies.
Mark and Dorie Wexler—along with a staff of instructors that hail from Panama, Brazil, and Peru—enthusiastically spread the irresistible rhythm of Latin beats through their signature Zumba and salsa classes, earning their Colorado Avenue location the title of Best Dance Studio from Colorado Springs Independent in 2011 as well as Best Adult Dance Studio from the Gazette in 2010. The Wexlers view dance as a form of fitness rather than one of competition, allowing students to enjoy themselves and experiment without the fear of being rated or punched in the knees by ornery judges.
GlowGolf's miniature course is tucked indoors, eschewing the sun's rays for psychedelic black lights and letting players putt through 18 luminescent holes rain or shine. Putter wielders send multicolored spheres down jet-black microfairways aglow with fluorescent green, orange, and pink bunkers that ricochet shots toward holes-in-one and give visiting time travelers flashbacks to the alien libraries of tomorrow. Each pass is valid for two consecutive rounds of golf, encouraging putters to spend the afternoon in colorful competition while scoping out the indoor environment ablaze with paintings of phosphorescent palm trees, bright blue ferns straight out of the Cretaceous period, and a living dinosaur named Roy.
"You fight like a girl!" would be considered a compliment at Paulsen's Family Martial Arts. In fact, being able to fight like a girl is the main goal of aptly named Fight Like a Girl self-defense classes, taught by the technique's inventor, Kym Rock. But self-defense classes represent just a small portion of the sparring techniques taught at Paulsen's—go jiu bujitsu, a hybrid martial art, is at its core. A blend of karate, judo, and jujitsu, the MMA method teaches every aspect of combat, from strikes and kicks to traps and locks.