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At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.

4115 Veterans Memorial Dr
Adamsville,
AL
US

The town of Brookside owns Five Mile Creek Canoe & Company, which works from a philosophy that nature is a splendor to be shared by all people. Five Mile not only grants access to a bonanza of camping and canoeing activities—such as bench pressing a canoe—it gives patrons the opportunity to control their own adventures. The campground presents enough activity opportunities to keep patrons busy throughout the day, including a playground, a 2-mile walking track, and a swimming hole.

When patrons want to set out on watery expeditions, they carry their own boats down to the creek and steer their vessels from beginning to end. After pushing past the shallow waters, canoes paddlers can traverse up to 26 miles of gently flowing creek lined on either side by a row of trees. These leaf havens obscure guests from the curious eyes of civilization, chipmunks, and Bigfoot's cousin, Steve. Before they hit the water, helpful staff members can give demonstrations to those with little paddling experience. They can also organize group floats for social paddlers.

325 Cardiff Street
Graysville,
AL
US

PGA-certified golf guru Brian Speakman draws from more than a decade of teaching experience to diagnose deficient swings and put golfers on the path to straighter shots and lower scores. Brian augments his hard-won golf wisdom with V1 video analysis and K-Vest 3-D motion capture technologies, which help him scrutinize swing mechanics with the ethereal vision of an 18th-century Scotsmen who holds an advanced degree in astrophysics. The passionate pedagogue offers both indoor and outdoor lessons, helping golfers to shore up unsightly swings and counsel unstable nine-irons back to stable ground regardless of the weather.

4647 U.S. 280
Birmingham,
AL
US

Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.

Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.

3427 Colonnade Pkwy
Birmingham,
AL
US

The Cleveland Women's show is an annual event designed for females of the feminine persuasion and packed with fashion, makeup demonstrations, gourmet edibles, and more. Your tickets grant you and a pal access to a multitude of events, including a bevy of show exhibiters, plenty of shopping, and a myriad of demonstrations and seminars. Meet E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic, or discretely follow other celebrity guests, such as Valerie Mayen of Project Runway, during one of the runway fashion shows on the Fashion stage. Swing by the Spotlight stage for home makeover tips and suggestions on how to cut grocery bills in half, or stop by the "Do It Herself" stage for hints on how to perk up walls with faux-painting techniques. Head over to the Cooking stage for quick and easy classes, such as Cooking Without Sugar and Wine and Food 101. The first 100 guests each day will also receive gift bags and extra swag, and over the weekend, you can sign up to win one of several prizes, such as a Balenciaga weekender bag, a professional landscape lighting installation, and a getaway to Panama City Beach, Florida.

2100 Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard North
Birmingham,
AL
US

Though nestled alongside a colorful EuroBungie ropes course and a zip-line at the Station at Grants Mill Shopping Center, the Pirate's Voyage miniature golf course challenges visitors with a more strategy-based kind of fun. Each rambling green twists and curves, making them perfect for inventive, well-angled shots and shaking off any squirrels that won't stop following you. A model of a wooden pirate ship resting in the middle of the course, and a perpetually melting volcano, provide other obstacles during play. The entire course rests on the painted image of a giant map, and dotted lines lead players from one hole to the next.

5405 Beacon Drive
Birmingham,
AL
US