What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
Of course the slaps of hockey pucks and the whoosh of ice skates resound throughout the arena at Fraser Hockeyland, but other sounds might be less expected. On Friday and Saturday nights, for instance, those hockey puck slaps are replaced with the resounding thumps of club music supplied by DJ Booger during an event that also includes games, lighting effects, and prizes. The facility also hosts a wide variety of events and classes, from drop-in and league hockey programs to jazzercise and dance.
PGA pros Alex Macko and Alex "Breezy" Koskos propagate sound pin-hunting form from their post at Jawor's Golf Center, which fosters year-round practice with indoor and outdoor training areas. The duo can demystify the subtle mechanics of the golf swing at the center's 44-tee driving range, which features 14 covered, heated stalls that enable practice sessions during inclement weather. With clubs and apparel from brands such as Callaway, TaylorMade, and Titleist, the full-service pro shop offers equipment upgrades as well as repair services for club shafts snapped by players who mistakenly teed up a bocce ball. Two outdoor, 18-hole mini-golf courses buttress the facility, inviting players to work on their putting form as life-size cartoon characters break the tension after a missed gimme or a dispute about whether or not an abandoned shoe is an acceptable ball marker.
Snap Fitness is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because this deal includes the all-access key card, you don't have to let the strictures of "time" dictate when you can avail yourself of cardio and strength benefits. Arrive at Snap super late and pretend you're working out in an Edward Hopper painting, or pound the treadmill at 5 a.m. and get pumped for 6 a.m. Even if you exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary schoolyard you've experienced.
Continental Lanes' open-bowling sessions and holiday events enable bowlers to celebrate special events with 10-pin matches alongside friends and family. After gathering up to four buddies or inviting the starting lineup of their fantasy basketball team, customers can spend two hours avoiding gutters and hunting for turkeys. Holiday revelers can immerse themselves in celestial surroundings during the Bowl in the New Year party. A four-hour year-end celebration that eschews standard lighting for black-light glows and vibrant neon colors, the bowling bash helps patrons bid adieu to 2011 and welcome whatever random number the authorities give to the New Year.
Falcon Flight Center's pilots take passengers up in the skies for breathtaking views of Ann Arbor and sites such as Michigan Stadium or to teach aspiring pilots how to operate a plane. Students learn how to master takeoffs and landings while communicating with an operating control tower. They also have the chance to mingle with other aspiring pilots by participating in group study sessions or enjoying friendly hangar barbecues. The center also rents out its aircraft to pilots who don't have their own planes, and it equips patrons with aerial photography shots of their homes and businesses.