Today, it's undeniable: Jazzercise is a worldwide empire, spanning more than 1,800 locations and 32,000 weekly classes across the globe. It's also hip; gone are the leotards and legwarmers of the 1980s, replaced with a high-intensity blend of cardio, strength training, kickboxing and power yoga performed to hits by chart-toppers from Shakira to Justin Timberlake. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set, with recent additions such as Fusion, Core, and Strike broadening the workouts' variety and application. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background. This sense of community keeps Jazzercise devotees coming back, but so too do the results; benefits ranging from weight loss and boosted core strength to increased flexibility and stress relief.
Jazzercise's continued success can be traced to the innovation of its founder, Judi Sheppard Missett. While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, she decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. Little did she know that this ?just for fun? class was the prototype for what would become the Jazzercise sensation.
With one foot planted in traditional martial-arts pedagogy and the other roundhouse-kicking modern sports science, Tiger Rock Taekwondo Academy schools limbs with fast-paced, total-body fitness classes. The health-and-fitness program consists of YogaFit and Kisado, which blends martial arts, yoga, and nutritional counseling to build up the whole body and tone each strand of hair on the head. Martial arts classes for adults and kids cover counter aggressive forms such as taekwondo and hanmudo, a style based on grappling and takedowns.
The trainers at Kosama Lincoln keep members' muscles confused. Alongside nutrition counseling and heart-zone training, muscle confusion stands as one of the three pillars of Kosama's fitness philosophy. Programs provide an original workout everyday of the week that may incorporate kettlebells, TRX suspension gear, plyometric equipment, and other training methods. These constantly morphing workouts keep muscles from adapting to a set fitness regimen, which would otherwise cause bodies to come up against fitness plateaus or frustrations. Trainers further hone the fitness optimization through heart-zone training, a process in which clients exercise at an optimal heart rate that maximizes their exertion without pushing them to an unsafe level. Kosama welcomes clients of all body types and abilities to their non-intimidating environment.
At the race emcee's cue, flashes of neon pink, lime green, and electric blue pour across the starting line. They may not be the hues of typical running apparel, which usually include black and grey so runners don't distract drivers, but this isn't a typical 5K. The Totally Rad 80s Run pays homage to the decade of the leg warmer by encouraging (though not requiring) runners to don '80s-inspired gear?workout or otherwise. The "raddest"-dressed participants win prizes, but everyone is welcome to beer and food available for purchase at the finish line. And since the 5K moves at a laid-back pace, you won't be too exhausted to enjoy it.
Cruising at 12,000 feet, the airplane opens its hatch and Skydive Atlas' professional jumpers usher clients right on out of it. Because they're strapped to an instructor, first-timers get to enjoy maximum freefall time before the chute opens. Equipped with state-of-the-art gear that's checked and re-checked before take-off, the instructors help jumpers experience the thrill of skydiving without requiring long lessons or certifications.
Ten different types of grapes sprawl across 12 acres that sit along banks of Spring Creek, soaking up the ample Nebraskan sunlight. Mac's Creek Winery & Vineyards—a joint venture of the McFarland family, whose roots run deep in central Nebraska—handpick these grapes to produce a collection of red and white artisanal wines, including their award-winning 2009 Mac's Lantern.
Guests can savor the cherry flavor of the Frontenac grapes found in the above-mentioned Mac's Lantern or sip on other varieties—such as the light-bodied 2010 Spring Mist—in the spacious tasting room or on the sun-drenched lawn. On weekends, they can enjoy a prairie bistro lunch from 12-4p.m., and on Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., they can toast to live entertainment or dramatic readings of the wine list.