As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Inside NBalance Hot Yoga & Fitness's studios, infrared-heating systems warm only the objects in studios, not the air that surrounds them. This technology prevents studios from feeling oppressively hot while still delivering the benefits of hot yoga: systemic detoxification and an intensified cardio workout. In the warmth of the studio’s confines, yoga classes range from hot yoga, during which students hold Hatha poses to increase endurance, to Vinyasa style, in which flowing transitions link Hatha poses to the sounds of upbeat music. The studio also offers indoor cycling sessions, Pilates, and TRX workouts, conducted on a suspension trainer that harnesses the power of body weight and gravity.
Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s one-month membership ($39.95), 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 fitness orientation offered to each new member helps determine an optimal fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying program, and a personal-training session ($40) help self-sculptors attain results. This deal also includes a month of unlimited tanning ($20) to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.
Trophy fisherman Walter Krause, who has 15 years' experience on the Illinois Muskie Tournament Trail and the Pro Musky Tournament Trail, takes up to two anglers aboard his private boat for a guided trip through two fish-filled Illinois lakes. Whether plumbing the depths of Cedar Lake for striper or pursuing Kinkaid Lake—one of the top trophy-muskie lakes in Illinois—for oversize bass, muskies, and walleyes, participants benefit from Walter’s 46 years of experience and on-board depth finders and GPS. During the course of each customized trip, visitors learn how to track fish movements, how to properly hold rods, and how to train a wall-mounted singing fish to bait other fish with its seductive crooning. Walter provides each angler with life jackets, bait, tackle, and rods, although participants must bring their own fishing licenses, lunches, and weather-appropriate clothing.
StarView Vineyards is home to both native and French-American hybrid grapes that flourish on the vine during breezy, sunny summers. Seven varieties emerge from those vines, resulting in 12 signature wines, from the semi-dry, citrusy vignoles to the Red Star, a semi-sweet chambourcin. Stop by the tasting room to sip samples of these blends—along with wine slushies and sangrias—or head to the cafe to snack on grilled chicken sandwiches and pasta salad.