Glaza Studio courses with movement. Live percussionists strike drums during Afro-Brazilian dance classes, hastening the tempo as students transition from warm-ups to folkloric dances. In capoeira sessions, teachers blend acrobatic and fight movements into a workout that makes the heart pound like Thumper's left hind foot. Some classes have a quieter personality. Vinyasa yoga, for instance, strings together a fluid sequence of movements. As participants transition from one pose to the next, they bridge the transition with calm, purposeful inhalations or exhalations. All classes take place in an expansive room that resembles a warehouse. Narrow planks of wood stretch across the floor, and rectangular beams brace the ceiling. Coating the walls, naturally distressed paint gives the space a historical vibe.
The Glo Run?s 5K fun run event always takes place at night, but it doesn?t seem like it. The course is lined with black lights and lasers, and runners sport glow-in-the-dark gear from t-shirts to sunglasses. On-course DJs add to the festivities, blasting tunes as the untimed participants run, walk, or dance to the finish line. Even more DJs await them there at the glow-in-the-dark after party, which lights up the night better than a raccoon that's swallowed a flashlight.
Towering cedar trees mark the edge of the slopes at Sundown Mountain, separating the wilderness from 21 scenic trails accessible by four lifts. Skiers and snowboarders also have access to two terrain parks, both of which are constantly coated with fresh powder thanks to a technologically advanced snowmaking system. The terrain park's rails and boxes might look intimidating, but even first-timers can enjoy a few runs on the beginner hill after an introductory lesson. If you prefer to heed the code-orange Sasquatch alert and stay indoors, two lodges atop the mountain peak promise cozy digs and picturesque views of the countryside.
Since its humble beginnings in 1935 as a small health-food store that specialized in yogurt, GNC has evolved into the world's largest specialty retailer of nutritional products. The chain's more than 4,800 retail locations throughout the country stock numerous vitamins and supplements, all of which meet the company's strict standards for truthful labeling, ingredient safety, and product potency. They carry supplements that aid in sports nutrition, protein intake, diet, digestion, and beauty. Equally as dedicated to customers' shopping experiences as it is to product quality, the company created GNC University, an online learning platform, to help staff members bone up on nutrition and fitness knowledge. The knowledgeable sales associates field questions about everything from weight-management plans to stacking supplements for optimum earlobe strength. GNC Ankeny is located in front of Super Target.
Flickinger's Dye for Education runs let participants get active while supporting the Learning Center and its mission to help educate the community. Unlike traditional charity runs, Dye for Education's live up to their name by blasting runners with colored, non-toxic cornstarch as they make their way along the run's route. By the end, runners are covered head to toe in the vibrant, temporary dye, a fun testament to their participation in the charity event. To add to the runner's sense of accomplishment, all proceeds from the runs support the non-profit Learning Center and its programs.
GolfTec fuses the experience and know-how of PGA-certified coaches with high-speed video to improve a client's golf game. Trainers employ video analysis, motion-capture, and launch monitor technology to analyze players' swings. Instant visual feedback and archived web lessons help clients rehearse and retain everything they have learned. Personalized club fitting ensures the player is getting the most out of their equipment.