Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. A free personal-fitness orientation, offered to each new member, helps determine an optimal fat-frying program and teaches muscle-pumping principles of safe, effective exercise. This deal also includes a month of unlimited tanning ($20/month) to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.
At Raynee Days Riding Stable, riders receive comprehensive instruction on the basics of horseback riding, from barn safety to proper form in the saddle. Students and their horses practice working together as a team, developing a bond centered around body language, self-esteem, mutual respect, and a shared love for snacking on raw oats. Starting with ground lessons, which are catered to all ages, the instructors impart information about basic horse anatomy, grooming, and washing, and all-ages horsemanship classes cover all the necessities of equine care with more in-depth instruction.
Bert Earehart grew up on horse farms alongside his three brothers, learning horsemanship fundamentals by watching his father and sneaking rides on his siblings’ shoulders. He and his brothers honed their craft by working with a wide range of breeds, including morgans, arabians, and ponies.
Today, hoofs beat sharp drumrolls across 38 acres of woods and fenced pastures at Bert’s own operation, Copper Leaf Stable. Bert passes on his keen equine insight to students through lessons on the stable’s half-mile outdoor track or inside the heated indoor arena. Instruction can be geared toward riders with all skill sets and goals, from those aiming to show one day to those searching for outdoor exercise or trying not to disappoint the yearbook writers who named them Most Likely to Become a Train Robber.
Operating in Sturgeon Bay in Door County, Wisconsin, the intrepid guides at Trophy Ice Fish escort fishing groups onto the icy tundra of Lake Michigan, drill a hole into the frozen floor, and get out of the way while the brood tries to haul whitefish up from the deep. Well-suited for family outings and corporate team-building trips, each excursion includes an ice house erected over the fishing hole to keep the gang warm, and industry-leading fish-locating electronics take some of the guesswork out of finding a good spot for setting up shop. With the help of the equipment and experienced guides, fish-catchers can nab walleye, whitefish, and northern pike.
Sometimes, seeing a city from the water that surrounds it gives you a deeper appreciation of its beauty. That's the approach behind Foxy Lady Cruises, a company that grants its guests sweeping views of Jacksonville from their perches on a luxurious yacht. From the various open-air decks, visitors can take in skyscrapers, bridges, and squirrels playing chess in nearby parks during dinner cruises, cocktail cruises, narrated cruises, and even weddings.
NRA-certified instructors host classes including handgun safety, covering fundamentals such as proper grip and stance.