With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. 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. 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.
During The Burner? a 7-mile obstacle course, created by Winger Productions, LLC, and located on some of the toughest terrain in Ohio ?participants test their personal endurance through a series of challenges. While each challenge is designed to test personal strength, it's also designed to create synergy among the group. Whether participants run, walk, or crawl their ways to the finish line, The Burner is all about perseverance and personal bests. Furthering their mantra that they're not just about physical personal betterment, Winger Productions, LLC is also a proud supporter of Akron Children?s Hospital Mahoning Valley.
Getting kids started at a young age builds a strong foundation for the future?whether it's heading to competition or simply learning the value of self-discipline. At Olympic Dreams, students as young as 18 months can enroll in gymnastic classes that work to develop coordination, physical prowess, and how to execute a perfect-10 somersault. In addition to general gymnastics courses for boys and girls, the center also offers more specialized and focused classes, such as tumbling and trampoline.
The Youngstown State Penguins ignite the crowd with intense athletic prowess and orange orb-slinging action. With the two-ticket package, dunk-hungry duos will witness the Penguins as they strive to overcome the Bowling Green Falcons as part of ESPN's BracketBusters weekend, which generally features non-conference matchups of teams looking to clinch the NCAA Championship and claim the spoils of basketbattle. Groups of four can maintain the hoop-hammering adrenaline rush with a second basketball viewing, as the Youngstown State men's team finishes its 2010–11 regular season against the feisty felines of the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers in what will be the senior Penguins' final home game at Beeghly Center.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Skate Zone Fun Center houses six different zones that give visitors a variety of entertainment options. The skating rink entices them to strap on a set of wheels and glide through crowds while a live DJ spins popular radio hits. Laser Storm thrusts competitors into a friendly game of laser tag that requires quick reflexes and cunning to outscore their opponents. Suspended over the skating rink, Web City contains 10,000 square feet of rope mazes and obstacles. The 18-hole mini-golf course tests players' putting skills, and the bumper cars arena provides student drivers with a safe way to practice true-to-life parallel parking. Meanwhile, video game players in the arcade zone can redeem their tickets for prizes.