Downingtown Running Company adorns sidewalk sprinters with all manner of athletic apparel, sporting more than 100 sundry kicks from such top shoesmiths as Asics, New Balance, and Saucony. Safeguard stompers from rough pavement and treadmills made of sandpaper with stylish foot-forts for men and women including Saucony’s Guide 4, Brooks' Adrenaline, and New Balance’s Minimus Trail or Rode ($100 each). Lady trotters can drape torsos in the form-fitting Epiphany sports tank ($38) and legs in the ultra-comfy two-in-one shorts from Brooks ($38) or the relaxed fit of Nike’s Tempo shorts ($25). Nike Run’s men’s singlet ($25) ensconces torsos in breathable, aerodynamic material that gives runners a competitive edge over jogging cubes wearing snowsuits. Downingtown’s shoe sultans eagerly assist customers in the search for a new sneaker, employing a cadre of expert fitters to adroitly ensure toes and soles have optimal breathing room.
At more than 1,200 Snap Fitness centers around the country, dedicated exercisers can head to the gym any hour of the day, every day of the year. Inside each 24/7/365 space, a fleet of Cybex cardio and strength-training machines steels muscles and boosts heart rates, and free weights enable old-fashioned iron pumping. Televisions contribute news and entertainment to help pass the time during workouts.
Though its amenities may be similar to other gyms, Snap Fitness goes beyond the basics by striving to keep its members motivated to work out and meet goals. Members receive complimentary personal-training sessions to kick-start fitness routines, and afterward, a workout buddy system keeps members inspired. In addition, personalized websites track nutritional and fitness info without the need to scratch tally marks on the surface of your human-sized hamster wheel at home.
Each of Hollywood Tans' 140-plus locations, scattered from coast to coast, houses UV tanning booths that allow patrons to tan while standing for 8–11 minutes. With an average of 15 hygienic booths per salon, patrons rarely encounter waiting times and can stop in without an appointment. Hollywood Tans also offers UV-free methods of adding color to one's skin, including Mystic Tan's DHA-infused spray tans, tanning lotions, and public readings of guests' teenage diary entries.
This Groupon allows you access to the coming year's 39 introductory courses, which you may attend at a rate of one per week. Newbies can start with the introduction courses, continue straight into the intermediate, and finally matriculate into the advanced classes in multiple Mac programs. Windows-based expats can ease the transition with Switching From Windows, while current Mac loyalists will discover the underground tunnels and classified information of the Mac OS X platform. Classes also cover backing up data, recording and podcasting with GarageBand, as well as all the basic and non-basic Mac software, including iTunes, iMovie, Photoshop Elements (intro., interm., and adv.), MobileMe (essential if you own more than one Apple device), both the Word-Excel-Powerpoint and Pages-Numbers-Keynote suites, Bento, and more.
The Mattress Factory's knowledgeable, non-commissioned staff guide customers to high-quality memory-foam, hybrid and innerspring mattresses from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Stearns & Foster and Beautyrest. Customers can shop at ease in an atmosphere that's free of sales pressure, price haggling, and the complex conversion of U.S. currency into the steel ingots accepted by mattress-making dwarves. The Mattress Factory will also set up your new mattress and remove your old one for free.
Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing, as each class (a $15 value per class) provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags. Classes take place Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.