Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Each facility in the family of Rockford-Area Bowling Centers enlivens the classic game of bowling with its own signature amenities. On Friday evenings, the staff at Don Carter Lanes temporarily extinguishes its warm, vintagey glow and replaces it with a dimly lit club atmosphere as DJs from 97 ZOK descend upon the alley, pumping out beats that mingle in the air along with a light and fog show. For supplementary entertainment, the Don Carter location also offers a gaming center, and the Park Lanes alley recharges guests with beer and deep-fried fuel at its onsite pub. The Cherry Bowl location keeps serious bowlers properly outfitted with a pro shop, saving them the hassle of paper-mâchéing their own heads to form makeshift bowling balls.
Schnitzel. Hefeweizen beer. Polka dancing. These are just a few of the facets of German culture that the German Society of Rockford has preserved and celebrated since 1964. At the group's annual German Society Oktoberfest gatherings, live bands perform and crowds take part in games such as the barmaid-stein race, which challenges men and women to carry dozens of sloshing beer steins without spilling a drop. The German Society of Rockford also organizes outreach programs, scholarships, and educational events.
Golfers of all skill levels converge at The Rockford PRO/AM, where pairings of professional and amateur players take to the fairways in support of several worthy causes. The longest running pro/am not associated with a professional event, the Rockford PRO/AM takes over the Forest Hills Country Club on Monday, July 14, with 20 foursomes paired with 20 PGS pros, including Kenny Perry. This marks the 11th appearance for Perry in the Rockford tournament?just two away from earning a free submarine sandwich to throw in his golf bag. Proceeds will go to four different charitable organizations, including a program committed to improving math literacy in children with Downs Syndrome and a group that delivers food to low-income families.
Drawing on his love for dance, New Vybe Fitness Studios founder Nnanna Egbujiobi created a brand-new form of fitness instruction built around pumping, catchy music and infectious rhythms. Through a combination of easy-to-learn choreography and intense aerobic movement, students have fun and build up their dance-move repertoire as they burn calories and boost their heart rate. A wide range of workout classes target key muscle groups and fitness goals, from the core-strengthening Hardcore to the cardio-kickboxing Impact training.
Open since the 1950s, B & B Park Bowl—the oldest bowling center in Loves Park—proves that some things stand the test of time. Owner-operator Butch Olson, a veteran bowler, has also played here for years, and he strives to make the alley a family-friendly destination. To that end, the eight Brunswick Anvil lanes boast 12-strike auto scoring systems, bumpers for the little ones, and rental shoes that start at toddler size 9. On the weekends, the lights dip low for glow-in-the-dark bowling. The onsite bar serves drinks as well as hot sandwiches and, on Friday nights, hearty dinner entrees.