Plexus Fitness manages muscle maintenance with a team of fitness coaches, personalized workout regimens, and sleek exercise machinery. Staffers greet regular health habitués by name as they enter the gym and administer a complimentary bottle of water and soft towel as an omen of the sweat-dabbing to come. New members are entitled to a complimentary personal training session led by one of Plexus's nationally certified fitness coaches, who are trained in anatomy, exercise physiology, and bunsofsteelonomics. Each session focuses on personal wellness, effective exercise execution, and continuous movement techniques. For calisthenicians who wish to remain masters of their own fitness domain, Plexus offers a non-trainer program, in which members can monitor their progress through a personalized, coach-prescribed workout regimen, guided by willpower and the memory of inspirational hugs from personal trainers past. With cardio and strength-training equipment galore, as well as spinning classes offered five days a week, fitness freestylers can devise a routine to suit their physique's preferences.
At Delaware Aviation Center, fledgling aeronauts get a one-hour one-on-one instructional session with a certified flight instructor. Pilots-in-training spend 15 minutes being prepped before their flight, gleaning all the information necessary to become a safe and skilled Wright Brother incarnate. Shed the shackles of gravity in a Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP from the aviation center's fleet. During a 30-minute flight, students can choose to take over the controls, or just kick back and enjoy the view soaring over an endless variety of envious land-bound mammals before the winged journey's conclusion. Afterward, spend another 15 minutes getting a postflight briefing from the instructor, and get credit in your logbook, if you have one.
Brothers Riyad, Ousamah, Bachar, and Haitham Albaroki draw from years of work at their family restaurant in Fez to transport diners to the Maghreb region with exotic banquets of Moroccan cuisine. The walls and floors set the scene with red, yellow, and green rugs and drapes, and stone vases and receptacles of polished brass evoke images of rustic North Africa. After washing their hands with fragrant rose water, diners take their seats amid a sea of cushions and, on weekends, troupes of dancers regaling the room with flowing movements and metronome impressions. Over the next two hours, guests work through seven courses, which they can complement with honey-drizzled pastries and flavorful wines from Europe, California, and Morocco.
Although its playground is all indoors, Hullabaloo Amusement Center encourages kids to use their outdoor voices. In fact, it would be difficult for them not to once they see the 2,500-square-foot soft-play structure. With walls to climb, zip lines to descend from, and bouncy floors to jump on, the playground is the perfect place to let off some steam and the snack room offers a place to refuel. Toddlers escape to their own exclusive area, where they can engage in gentler, age-appropriate play and get the low-down on the drama in their older siblings' play group. Meanwhile, the moon bounce allows kids the chance jump out their energy, the arcade trains hand-eye coordination with ticket-awarding games, and kids can express their creative side by creating custom stuffed animals in the Build-A-Buddy center. Party packages grant guests access to all of the preceding features, as well as a party host to assist with setup and cleanup.
As head trainer at CrossFit Riverfront, Gia O'Keefe's presence isn't always eagerly anticipated by her pupils, but she does get them to sweat. During more than 60 classes each week, O'Keefe ond the other RivFit coaches motivate participants through jumping jacks, lifts, jogging, squats, rowing, pushups, sit-ups, kettle bells, and jumping rope. CrossFit Riverfront also offers CrossFit—a high-intensity, whole-body, muscular-endurance workout—as well as yoga, a barbell club, seminars on nutrition and mobility, and classes for kids.
At BeFit Boxing by Joanie, owner and ACE-certified trainer Joanie Sotomayor has a passion for exercise not just because it burns fat and builds muscle, but because it brings balance to a stressful life. Together with certified personal trainer Itala Murphy, Joanie helps her clients exceed their personal fitness goals with kickboxing workouts, boxing drills, and high-intensity interval exercise.