The University of Iowa Athletics program spans more than a century of tradition, including a venerated football team founded in 1889 as well as prodigiously successful wrestling and basketball programs. Consistently ranked among the top 25 college stadiums in the nation for attendance, Kinnick Stadium regularly houses more than 70,000 spectators in its stands during home football games. The venue takes its name from Iowa football legend Nile Kinnick, who in 1939 commemorated his Heisman Trophy win by painting himself bronze and dashing across the field.
Since the inauguration of Carver-Hawkeye Arena in 1983, the men's and women's basketball teams have posted .777 winning percentages. One of the largest university-owned facilities in the nation, Carver-Hawkeye packs in more than 15,000 fans for events that have included Big Ten and NCAA Championships as well as an exhibition match featuring the 1984 Olympic men's basketball team. The stadium also hosts the wrestling team, which boasts 18 undefeated seasons and a trophy case of retired mouth guards in its storied history.
The staff at Varsity Cleaners wants to take the stress out of laundry day. Customers with a load of dirties can drop them off at any of nine area locations and have their clean clothes delivered free of charge. They can also escort their clothes to the laundromat, where for a few coins, the machines will wash and dry their garb without the use of a garden hose.
When it comes to getting and staying in shape, the trainers at FIT- Fitness Center inside Grit Gym believe that there are no shortcuts. Instead of relying on too-good-to-be-true pills, founder Adam Rees calls upon science and hard work. After working under nationally recognized strength coach Matt McGettigan, Adam founded Grit Gym to help other athletes whip into top form. Here, he motivates athletes of all ages, specifically those who play football, wrestling, baseball, and full-body-contact chess, to improve their performance, while emphasizing proper training techniques to avoid injury. Based on an initial assessment with each client, he designs a custom fitness program to suit their needs, which may include semiprivate-training sessions, fit sessions, barefoot training, and soft-tissue work.
Five Star Home Improvement Company's home-repair specialists are always thinking of their mother?Mother Earth, that is. The team of specialists is experienced in all manner of home repairs, from installing new roofs to insulating attics, but they focus their efforts in sustainability and energy-conservation services. BPI-certified staff members can inspect every nook and cranny of customers' homes or office buildings in search of energy leaks, and they offer suggestions post inspection to curtail needless waste. Specialists can also prevent energy inefficiencies with a number of services, including new window installations that keep cold weather out while allowing residents to spy on the neighbors they suspect may be aliens in disguise.
Bell Massage Therapy's eponymous bodywork specialist graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in psychology and health promotion, but she felt like something was missing from her education. Specifically, she longed for a tangible skill set. In massage therapy, Bell found her calling, and it has led to a career grounded in increasing the well being of all the clients who walk in her door. Bell's practice is rooted in Swedish massage with a focus on unique modalities such as reflexology, hot stone massage, and aromatherapy wraps.
KO Fitness, Inc. keeps their class sizes small in order to bring more support to clients looking to get fit. In Zumba, Kundalini yoga, cardio kickboxing, and other classes, the instructors maintain an upbeat, supportive atmosphere where they can provide one-on-one feedback and instruction. Additionally, the staff creates for clients meal plans that ensure healthful eating 24 hours a day, eight days a week.