Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. A free personal-fitness orientation, offered to each new member, helps determine an optimal fat-frying program and teaches muscle-pumping principles of safe, effective exercise. This deal also includes a month of unlimited tanning ($20/month) to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.
Curves houses a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and cope with arthritis. Instead of guests fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches each exerciser's abilities during their 30-minute workouts. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, machines use push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Situated in a quiet, rustic setting at the heart of walleye, smallmouth, trout, and muskie fishing country, Sandy Bay Beach Resort trades city sidewalks for lakefront views and traffic honks for fishing hooks. Suites furnished with luxurious amenities look out on beachside bonfires and prime Door County fishing. A king-size bed and full-size pullout sofa soothe backs sore from hauling in an epic catch, and the bathroom’s oversize shower can fit as many fish as the outdoor grilling area and indoor fish-cleaning room can process. After a long day spent traversing the 200-foot dock and perusing the resort’s library collection, couples can retire to the waters of a whirlpool bathtub or indoor pool.
The river seems calm now, but the rafters can hear a roar in the distance. The current steadily builds, taking the 12-passenger raft around a tree-lined bend to unveil a 10-foot drop. Braced for the plunge, the paddlers hit the drop, endure the deluge, and wipe the water from their eyes. But before the party can celebrate with hollers and high-fives, the guide yells to readjust the boat—the river is narrowing and accelerating into a tight S-curve.
Stretches like these populate the Peshtigo and Menominee Rivers, and the guides at Kosir's Rapid Rafts help adventurers navigate the rivers' Class I–IV rapids for bucket-list-worthy adrenaline rushes. Directing sportsmen to one of two outposts in the woods of northeast Wisconsin, Kosir's crews drive rafters to the launch sites and supply helmets, life jackets, and paddles. Based on the current water level, guides then direct paddlers to appropriately sized rafts, ranging from 8- to 12-person vessels to 1-person Funyaks that are self-bailing thanks to being filled with Funyuns. Kosir's additional adventures include kayaking, tubing, and camping trips.
The expanse of Lake Superior the surrounding Apostle Islands National Lakeshore have endless pockets of natural splendor. Just ask the guides at Superior Adventures, who have spent years of exploring the area, only to find untapped locales of awe-inspiring landscapes. The team dedicates their time helping others seek out places of serenity by sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and hiking.
Whether crossing to an island or exploring a sea cave, the team specializes in private or small group eco tours. These outings might drift along the sands and sandstone cliffs of Madeline Island and Meyer's Beach, navigate the wooded waterways and shallow caves of of Big Bay State Park, or snorkel the underwater shipwreck of the Finn McCool to search for treasure chests filled with advice on how to be cool.
Eco tours often include breaks for swimming or hiking through the last old-growth Boreal Forest in North America. Tour goers are also free to explore on their own by renting a sit-in kayak, sit-on-top kayak, or paddleboard complete with instruction.
The sight of an airplane soaring through the air in the modern era is so unsurprising that most of us never stop to think about how tons of metal are even able to take flight. Not so for the technicians and trainers at Global Flight Research. Their bread and butter is getting folks safely airborne. They provide maintenance and repair for privately owned aircraft, as well as training for aspiring pilots. To that end, they employ flight simulators, especially when teaching advanced strategies to experienced pilots. In addition to the Red Bull planes that have a timed simulator course, Global Flight Research uses the Beechcraft G36/1000, Cessna 182RG, Piper Seneca II, Beechcraft G58/1000, and Extra 300 in their simulator. In that environment, students can safely take on dangerous situations, such as dealing with Upset or Unusual Attitude scenarios and the terrifying discovery that your co-pilot doesn't like Cheers.