Wine-A-Palooza combines international wines with musical performance during a five-hour evening celebration. Attendees sample a selection of wines from around the world, testing their palate as they suss out the differences in each red and white. While sipping wines, they can also nibble on a variety of international dishes from the buffet. Live music fills the space with rhythms and harmonies, giving attendees a soundtrack to their wine tasting and purchasing experience.
Ocean Sands Scuba's knowledgeable instructors guide divers into the deep with scuba training for beginner and advanced aquanauts alike. Interested patrons test their sea lungs in introductory scuba classes, splashing about in the facility's custom-built pool before moving on to a complete certification course. During certification, students pick up essential information on equipment, techniques, and the trendiest Atlantean nightclubs through in-class study and pool dives. After four weekly classes, burgeoning submergers hit the open water on one of Ocean Sands Scuba's dive trips to Gull Lake or Lake Michigan. Ocean Sands Scuba also stocks scuba equipment from Scubapro, Diverite, and Stahlsac for divers who have already reached certification or for hydrophobic sea turtles.
As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
Girlfriends Fit Club brings ladies seeking healthier lifestyles together, combining an encouraging environment with chic amenities and plentiful equipment. The club welcomes new members warmly with a gift bag, orientation session, and body analysis, which is used to personalize three workouts. Unlimited group classes allow members to party their way to toned bods with Zumba's Latin beats, reach deeper poses during yoga sessions, or sample the club's step, kickboxing, and other body-bettering classes. A cardio theater brings entertainment to exercise machinists with TVs and finger-puppet stagings of Tamburlaine, and weight-training equipment sculpts muscles and strengthens frames.
Trainers pass along more than 15 years of international equestrian experience to riders during Great Lakes Equestrian Center’s private horseback-riding lessons. Students arrive 30 minutes prior to the class to be paired with one of the center’s trained horses based on stature and ability to harmonize while singing their theme song. Pupils then prep their mounts before trotting out to learn the reign-wielding ropes. The galloping guru instructs burgeoning gauchos on the basics of positioning, balance, and communication before moving on to more advanced techniques. Petersen’s extensive experience allows her to tutor jockeys of all levels, and the private lesson provides one-on-one interactions that can leave novice riders galloping smoothly. Great Lakes' facilities include an outdoor jumping stadium and a 70' x 200' indoor riding arena.
Atop a black padded floor, men and women heave barbells aloft, leap atop plyometric boxes, and toss medicine balls to one another. Over on a green strip of turf, they push weighted sleds and scale ropes, while against the wall others lift themselves into handstands. This might seem like chaos, but all these separate operations are actually a carefully orchestrated class that is closely monitored by CrossFit Flight’s coaches. They create one-hour daily workouts chock-full of a variety of strongman-style functional-movement exercises that are designed to deliver striking, natural muscle tone all over the body and boost fitness including speed, agility, and power.
CrossFit Flight’s coaches change up the workout routine during each session. This strategy keeps the hour feeling fresh and interesting so participants stay engaged and muscles don’t become too used to any one exercise, which can cause fitness gains to plateau. To help rookies ease into the intense workout regimen, the coaches lead free 60-minute workout to introduce students to CrossFit principles and evaluate current fitness levels during a baseline workout. Additionally, new participants can enroll in the On Ramp program, which familiarizes attendees with the terminology, motions, and concepts of the CrossFit system.
Once they’ve settled in, CrossFitters will find that these challenging workout routines can prep them for all kinds of physical activities, from strenuous athletic pursuits to rapidly unloading groceries into a trebuchet to ambush the neighbors with a food fight.