The Greater Green Bay YMCA keeps community members in peak cow-tossing condition with a staggering selection of fitness, sporting, and outreach programs. During the unlimited, month-long training montage, members sculpt their physiques with the Y's extensive facilities, including state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment, group fitness classes, open and family gyms, and more. Exercisers can pump up their blood pump with the cardio theater entertainment system, bulk up atrophied gills in the member's pool, or donate sweat during fast-paced bouts of basketball or racquetball.
Laura Bronk loves to dance?she's been at it since age 4?and her passion fueled her to work with master dance teachers. She opened Fancy Dancer Studio in 1997, and recruited a well-studied group of teachers to pass along their experience and love for the art form, just as her teachers did. Instructors include Mary Innes, who's skilled in working with young children, Zoe Bronk, who's a member of the Dance Masters of Wisconsin and teaches jazz, tap, and hip-hop, and Jennifer Kornowske, who began the Middle Eastern dance troup Navah Mirage. Fancy Dancer's classes are diverse as its teachers?one night can see both 3-year-olds dancing and singing along to goofy songs in Junior Tap and adult women tying on jangling hip belts and undulating in fast-paced belly-dance classes.
Signing up for a class at Karate America is like taking the first steps in a long, fruitful journey. The instructors—who have more black belts than even the most fashionable country music stars—start teaching students as young as 4 years old in the Little Ninjas program. Up next is the Junior Basic class, where kids begin to master essential skills like discipline and focus. The most committed students can join the black-belt team and then move on to the masters team upon earning their belts. To accommodate everyone who wants to learn self-defense techniques, the instructors also teach adult classes.
Helmed by triathlete and certified fitness instructor Doug Van Iten, the staff at Pro Fitness, Inc. works with students of all ages in one-on-one sessions aimed at building muscle and boosting clients’ self-image. Each trainer brings a wealth of experience and certifications to the table, as well as an infectious passion for fitness that helps pupils shatter personal goals and overcome a lifelong fear of benches. After learning proper form and advanced techniques from a trained professional or just burning calories on the gym's treadmills, resistance equipment, and free weights, members can cool down with a relaxing shower.
Karen Stoehr established 9th Street Wellness Center after a bout with cancer turned her attention to the healing arts. With the help of her staff, Karen guides clients toward whole-body health using services including massage, reiki, reflexology, and many other alternative energy healing techniques. The center regularly hosts seminars by experts in yoga, EFT, reconnective healing, healthy cooking, and nutrition. They provide clients with access to self-help books and discussion groups, equipping individuals with the ability to self-heal.
At Bare Barre Fitness, owner Darcie Secor relies on low-impact exercises to help clients get in shape. That much is apparent from her Beyond Barre classes, where, in addition to performing traditional ballet barre exercises, students use a cardio glide board to perform an array of movements like ice-skating in place. For a more traditional workout, clients can schedule a personal-training session and lift free weights and old refrigerators.