As co-owners of The Yoga Room, Elizabeth and Tammy draw on their extensive medical backgrounds to design classes that are fun and effective. Elizabeth's master's degree in public health helps her envision yoga practices that relieve students suffering from diabetes and cancer. Similarly, Tammy's 18 years of chiropractic experience help her tailor yoga practices to improve posture and strengthen seniors' muscles.
Together, they've designed a full schedule of classes that blend traditional yoga poses with Pilates techniques. These classes range in difficulty and intensity; power yoga strengthens muscles through intense, sweat-inducing poses, while restorative yoga relaxes the body more effectively than a shot of government-issued calming serum.
Adrenaline rushes often lead to addiction. Having developed a tolerance through many a marathon and obstacle course, the elite athletic team of Adrenaline Games wanted to capture the thrill of the first rush. To that end, they crafted a treacherous trail that gets the pulses of even the most hardened adrenaline junkies pumping. The details of the course are kept top secret as not to spoil the element of surprise, but it can be revealed that elements of mud, foam, and water play their part in keeping competitors adrenalized and dirty as they vie for the top Junkie prize. After the finish line has been slathered in mud, participants can catch their breath while celebrating their victories with food, drinks, and live music.
At Lipo for Life, medical professionals help clients slim down and target problem areas with high-tech, noninvasive treatments. Cold-laser light applied directly to the chin, belly, thighs, or arms applies the secret password needed to access fat cells, causing lipid deposits to shrink by releasing excess water, fatty acids, and glycerol. Coupled with a healthy diet, these quick, simple treatments can help patients reduce tough-to-trim areas of the body.
Marengo Ridge's congenial director of instruction and the coach of more than 3,000 lessons, Greg Baresel prioritizes fun as well as golf fundamentals to develop consistent, powerful swings. Baresel's relaxed coaching style and custom improvement plans have helped to banish embarrassing bogies from the games and noses of beginner and professional athletes. After fleshing out goals, bodies and minds focus on the three graces of golf—grip, stance, and alignment—to lay a foundation for future par chasing. Finely tuned positions promote coordination and sidestep swing flaws, and budding kinesthesia fosters insight into correcting errant club paths or safely picking up bindles. Hone a newly acquired swing on the course's driving range ($5 for 50 balls; not included in this Groupon) or indoors in the event of weather.
Decades in the saddle has shown Randy Manuel and his partner, Jackie, that the art of horseback riding is much about becoming one with the horse, so their style of instruction involves a more nuanced approach than traditional instruction. Students begin with the universal fundamentals, but as their experience advances, Randy and Jackie show them how to ride with the horse's natural rhythm while maintaining a relaxed balance. Since these skills must be carefully cultivated, Randy and Jackie conduct each lesson in a one-on-one format, up until students are ready to participate in A-level competitions. The 62-acre Contento Farms sets the backdrop for hunter/jumper instruction, affording students access to a 140'x240' outdoor arena and an 80'x200' indoor arena.
Horses trot across 59 lush acres of Illinois countryside at Platinum Farm and leap over obstacles on a training course. Students of all skill levels can learn proper techniques and horsemanship during horseback-riding lessons. At weeklong summer camps, equestrians bond with horses through riding and crafts, culminating in a lavish horse prom. Platinum Farm also offers boarding for horses in 21 bedded stalls with daily cleaning, turnout, and nutrition management.