With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
On Saturday nights, the asphalt, three-eighths-of-a-mile oval track at Rocky Mountain Raceways plays host to roaring rounds of high-speed racing, with heats of sprint cars, hornets, and modified mavericks zooming around the track. Cheer on the Ford Focus midgets as they circle low to the ground, or hold your breath at each and every intersection pass of the Super Stock cars as they careen into the crossing of the figure eight. Your Groupon is good for general-seating sections of the open-air grandstand, as well as two popcorns (a $4 value) to keep your face’s other two senses placated while your eyes get to have all the fun.
Rounding the corner, a runner sprints right into a face full of glow paint flung by some opponents. Typical 5K races frown upon glow-paint attacks, but the charitable Run the Rave wholeheartedly endorses such messy displays of camaraderie, posting paint-yourself stations at one-mile intervals along the race route. A stream of lights illumine the trail bordering Great Salt Lake beaches, and runners visually announce their arrival with four glow sticks distributed before the race. Once racers rush headlong across the finish line, an MC kicks off the festivities, doling out cash prizes to the runner with the best costume, winning female runner, and winning male runner with the best concealed hovercraft. Afterward, participants and their guests trot aglow over to the dance floor of The Great Saltair. The event's proceeds sponsor a local father of three as he fights a battle against muscular dystrophy.
Rather than reinvent the wheel, Nonna?s Pizzeria replicates Sicilian flavors by relying entirely on recipes from the old country. More than 15 tried-and-true ingredients ? including chopped spinach and ground beef ? crown the pizzeria's customized pies, while specialty pizzas feature beloved combinations such as barbecue chicken, bacon, and sausage, or a veggie medley of roasted red peppers, mushrooms, and marinated artichoke hearts. Besides pizza, other Italian favorites round out the menu, from meatball grinders to the house-specialty fried pasta, which is prepared using a recipe known only to Nonna's chefs and its most trusted pots and pans.
Stepping into The Sweet Tooth Fairy shop is like walking into another era: round tables and high-backed chairs surround an old-fashioned soda fountain, and oldies music plays softly nearby. Pale-blue walls and white crown molding stand behind a glass case full of sweet treats, which are baked daily and earned proprietor Megan Faulkner Brown two appearances on The Rachael Ray Show—one when she was still baking in her basement kitchen, and the next three years later, when her business had grown to nine locations.
Megan uses the "most ordinary" ingredients to whip up her extraordinary pastries, which include chocolate-chip and iced oatmeal cookies, brownies, lemon bars, and a variety of cupcakes and full-grown cakes. Signature cakebites don coats of chocolate or white chocolate flecked with sprinkles. Flavors of baked goods rotate monthly, with some favorites available on a daily basis. Gluten-free options are available, as are frosting shots designed to save time usually spent licking every drop of frosting off the top of a full-size cake.