Lynne Sadowski's life changed when she saw a photograph of herself at the beach. Despite her success in her career and with her family, she realized she had been neglecting what she now considers the most important piece of the puzzle: her health. She created Body Unleashed Fitness and Yoga Pass in order to help others find their own path to health with a team of medical practitioners, health clubs, and lifestyle coaching.
Ultimate Fitness Center occupies 12,000 square feet, every inch of it dedicated to the single purpose of helping members feel great. The gym’s main floor boasts Life Fitness cardio machines, Hammer Strength free weights, and strength-training machines. In side classrooms, instructors tone bodies with Zumba, yoga, and boot-camp routines. The facility even includes a salon and tanning beds on the premises to beautify skin and hair. For the busy parent, the staff runs a childcare program, complete with a colorful indoor playground bedecked with sports-themed murals and even a giant barbell anchored to the wall.
While Christine smiles every time a client announces another drop in pant size, she is more proud of helping people lower their blood pressure levels and stabilize their blood sugar levels. Motivating people to transform their health on the inside versus how they look on the outside is why Christine opened her own fitness studio, Christine?s Cardio Fitness. She and a crew of certified Zumba instructors help students dance their way into better health with easy-to-follow routines set to high-energy tunes and yodelers in classes like Zumba Fitness, Zumba Toning, Zumba Sentao, Zumba Step, and Zumba Gold. Not wanting anyone to miss out on the fun of Zumba, Christine also offers a free class on Saturdays for kids during the summer months.
Ladies Workout Asheville's supportive, attentive staff help women navigate the facility's full exercise circuit, packed schedule of workout classes, and other body-bettering amenities such as tanning beds and nutrition counseling. Members and pass holders can tone tired muscles while shaking their hips in a Zumba class, tackle cardio and strength machines sized specifically for women's bodies, or channel their disdain for punching bags during group kickboxing lessons. After each workout, a thermal massage on a Migun bed relaxes weary muscles, and the sweat-sapping far-infrared sauna evicts toxins from the skin and lifts voodoo stress curses. Ladies Workout Asheville also offers fitness programs for kids at Cardio Kids.
Inside Female Fighters MMA, Angèle Rodgers whips her clients into shape with dance-fitness routines. Latin and international tunes blast through the speakers so participants won’t have to work out in the silence characteristic of a married couple’s first dance.
Nearly a dozen activities and attractions fill the gargantuan space at Asheville's Fun Depot, but that's just the beginning. The family-friendly fun center is also home to a coffee bar, cafe, and ticket redemption area. All of these options almost add up to entertainment overload, which is why the depot lets guests decide how many activities they'd like to do on a given visit. Guests mix and match indoor and outdoor go-kart rides, laser tag, mini bowling, and trips up the climbing wall for a fun (and full) day of activities. The entertainment is appropriate for kids young and old, but guest 3 years old and younger have the tots turtle lagoon all to themselves.