The Waterloo Bucks stampede into the 2012 season as part of the Northwoods League, which corrals collegiate ballplayers from across the country for an abbreviated, three-month season. Since beginning play in Waterloo in 1995, the Bucks have captivated local fans each summer, showcasing baseball's future stars before they head back to their universities or decide to study abroad beneath second base. This season, the Bucks will chase their third league championship behind a roster loaded with both international and homegrown talent, including University of Iowa outfielder Andrew Host. Aside from giving them a chance to hone their skills during summer months, the Northwoods League aims to provide its players with a minor-league-type experience, complete with overnight road trips and wooden bats, meaning hitters don't have to tune their lumber to the correct ping prior to each pitch.
Kosama is all about personal fitness training in a group setting. Believing that nutrition, muscle confusion, and personal consultations are the elements that bring fitness success, Kosama certified trainers teach energetic and motivating classes. Every day brings a different workout, and clients train in kettlebells, plyometrics, kickboxing, suspension- and core training as they burn calories and gain lean muscle.
As the only marina on its namesake body of water, Saylorville Lake Marina is a hub of activity, clamoring with visitors seeking to enjoy the 26,000-acre body of water. From May to October, outdoors-enthusiasts can set out on their recreational journey of choice with pontoon boat, jon boat, and bicycle rentals. Those with their own watercraft can take advantage of year-round indoor storage, as well as the tow-vehicle valet service, which helps boaters launch onto the waters to rapidly escape a wicked witch. Back on land, visitors can refuel from a long day at Latitude 41 Bar & Grill, the floating on-site restaurant.
Aspen Athletic Club amasses top-of-the-line equipment, seasoned trainers, and luxurious amenities within five gym spaces across Des Moines. A fleet of cardio and strength-training machinery from brands such as LifeFitness and Star Trac heavily populate the floors, allowing guests ample access to the equipment. In addition to a cardio theater, the Hickman gym boasts 12 onsite tennis courts and specialized studios for martial arts and women-only workouts. Visitors to the 14th Street location can sign up for aquatic classes or swim laps solo across the pool. Other amenities such as tanning, massage therapy, and gold-plated kettlebells vary from club to club.
Certified personal trainers plan out custom routines for clients, and highly qualified instructors lead Zumba steps, spinning seminars, and, at certain locations, fast-paced Les Mills classes. The professional staff also offer nutritional counseling at all locales.
The YMCA of Greater Des Moines has been promoting healthy living to families and individuals in the surrounding communities since 1868. One month of family membership (good for two adults and any dependants under the age of 23) entitles tribes to full usage of any of the area locations, including the brand new YMCA Healthy Living Center. Membership amenities encompass access to fitness equipment, lap and warm-water pools, more than 600 group fitness classes—such as kickboxing, yoga, tai chi, and water aerobics—reduced program rates, access to the childcare nursery, and many other programs and services, which vary according to location. Each family member will also get unlimited fitness classes, providing the opportunity for families to construct self-directed boot camps, sample workout styles, and transform into an entire tribe of variously sized Rocky Balboas.
United by their love of the CrossFit system, a group of friends, coworkers, and strangers joined forces to open CrossFit 151. Today, that formula repeats itself: friends, coworkers, and strangers—now led by coaches—come together in a dark blue and neon-green gym to motivate one another during intense daily workouts that feature varied functional-movement exercises. Those exercises, which change each session, are designed to sculpt the whole body while prepping it for nearly any physical activity. To make CrossFit accessible to everyone, coaches scale the difficulty of workouts to each participant and work closely with every guest during group and one-on-one sessions.
It may sound clichéd, but ask the staff members at The Play Station about their most memorable experience, and they'll probably say a new one happens every day. Specifically, it's the moment when a child walks in, sees the three-level play center, and lets out a gasp of excitement. The 12,000-square-foot facility's tube slides, ball pits, and other recreational equipment blossomed from the owners' relatively simple idea: create a place where our kids can be active whenever it's yucky outside. Today, kids 12 and younger climb, crawl, and slide through the play center or hit the game room to win tickets redeemable for prizes such as toys and an all-inclusive weekend in Moon Vegas.
While kids expend their energy, parents can relax nearby and socialize, watch television, or enjoy a menu of snacks, such as mozzarella sticks, grilled cheese sandwiches, and nachos. The Play Station's crew includes a team that organizes children's parties and books the facility for field trips, fundraisers, and private rentals.
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