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.
The Kenosha Kingfish may be the newest team in the Northwoods League, but their home is among the oldest. In the summer of 2014, the newly-formed organization took the field at Historic Simmons Field, a 3,218-seat ballpark built in 1920. The Simmons Field diamond has hosted high school teams, semi-pro clubs, women's pro leagues, and even multi-platinum boy bands over the decades before its current residents moved in and changed all the locks. Today, the Kingfish continue to share the beautiful old ballpark with local amateur teams and exhibition games, continuing the legacy of quality baseball in the town of Kenosha.
The Madison Mallards take to the diamond each summer for three months of collegiate baseball, gathering players from across the country as they can hone their skills for a shot at the pros. The Mallards took home Northwoods League championships in 2004 and 2013, cheered on by some of the most devout and rowdy fans in the league. Fans that helped the team set a collegiate attendance record in 2012, drawing in more than 217,000 fans.
The tough-as-nails ladies in the Mad Rollin' Dolls roller-derby league wow audiences with equal parts strength, speed, and glitter. Since their first season in 2005, skaters and MRD volunteers alike have donated their blood, sweat, and tears to the sport that promotes female athleticism and team spirit in a fun, competitive atmosphere. During the 30-minute bouts, fans cheer and sneer as the jammers attempt to lap the opposing team for points, and the blockers clear the way for their mates while putting the hurt on those who try to stop them. The season's schedule culminates in a championship match, in which the two mightiest teams battle for the title and a lifetime supply of solid-gold mouth guards.
Since the team is committed to supporting their community, a portion of the proceeds from each Mad Rollin' Dolls bout goes to various charities, which in the past have included Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, Alliance for Animals, and Badger Childhood Cancer Network.
With backgrounds in healing disciplines including human nutrition and Chinese medicine, the wellness practitioners at Anew Total Body Center care for clients both inside and out. Their treatment specialties include directed weight loss programs, body-shaping treatments, and massage. Beyond traditional deep-tissue and relaxation massages, they also offer fire cupping, gua sha, and Thai massage. In addition to their holistic treatments, they also provide lifestyle coaching; financial self-improvement seminars from Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University aim to add pounds to pocketbooks and piggy banks.
The holistic healers at Dow Chiropractic and Acupuncture work to make sure that every massage session is relaxing. They also work to ensure that treatments soothe deep tension and chronic pain. They consult with clients before sessions to determine individual needs before soothing bodies and minds with tailored combinations of deep-tissue pressure, Swedish strokes, and other modalities. They can also perform geriatric massages for elderly patients and prenatal massages. In addition to massages and muscular therapies, the therapists are well versed in acupuncture techniques, which can help correct imbalances in the body and ease pain.