After competing together on the 1996 US Olympic gymnastics team, John Macready and John Roethlisberger channeled their enthusiasm into another athletic venture—except in this one, the balance beams were replaced with mud fields. Mudsanity—a 5-mile mud run—resulted. The race’s permanent home by the banks of Lake Frances ensures boggy terrain and allows the founders to build creative obstacles right into the scenery. These obstacles range from mountains of hay bales to steep hills and outright vertical climbs. After the race, athletes relax at an Oktoberfest party that lasts all weekend, complete with live music, piping-hot bratwursts, and beer grown in the onsite beer garden.
With locales dappled throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the brains behind Workout Anytime funnel more than three decades of fitness-industry expertise into filling their gyms with positive vibes and state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness gurus spread Magnum-brand strength-training machines and cutting-edge treadmills—whose frames can support up to 500 pounds—throughout their hygienic antimicrobial floors. They also provide certified personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and weight-loss plans.
Workout Anytime's doors are open to members 24 hours a day every day of the year, permitting access to public exercise zones and areas that offer tanning and massage sessions. Each gym also strives to cultivate a familial atmosphere with staffers who memorize each guest's name and carve each one's Thanksgiving turkey.