Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
The crack of a bat signals another powerful hit inside Extra Innings' spacious, 70-foot-long batting tunnels. Each cage's Iron Mike pitching machine emulates the power and speed of a cantaloupe tossed by Popeye, sending a feast of fastballs screeching toward homerun-hungry hitters. Extra Innings' 12,000-square-foot facility also divvies its plethora of space for private pitching, fielding, and batting lessons hosted by seasoned instructors, as well as a circuit training area furnished with soft-toss machines, tees, and stride boards that further perfect techniques. The onsite pro shop also equips players with all of the baseball essentials.:m]]
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
The Cornhole.com story began in 2004 when a group of craftsmen began designing cornhole boards and bags in their small wood shop in Germantown, Ohio. Since then, the shop has blossomed into one of the nation's leading suppliers of cornhole products, shipping quality boards, bags, and accessories around the globe. The company’s designers fill duck-cloth bags with real corn kernels and the baby teeth of unicorns and cut boards from plywood in accordance with American Cornhole Association regulations. In addition to being used by prominent companies such as GEICO, Vitaminwater, and Livestrong, their sets have been seen in a variety of sports and entertainment media, including on the Rachael Ray Show and ESPN.
The certified flight instructors at Aviators Flight Academy have been helping fledgling pilots earn their wings for more than three decades. Students take off from Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport toward the earth’s giant blue tarp using the academy’s fleet of Cessna and Piper fixed-wing aircraft, performing basic maneuvers under a teacher’s expert supervision. Beyond introductory lessons, students can also enroll in the flight-training school to earn their license and finally be able to impersonate pilots at airport bars.
Though it's been around since 1999, South Regency Tennis and Fitness underwent a huge renovation in 2008, making the facility more accommodating to racket-swinging members than ever. Inside, visitors will find eight newly resurfaced courts, while outside, five Har-Tru clay courts and one hard court keep players swinging their rackets year-round. But playing isn't everything, so the 2,800-square-foot fitness facility offers visitors the chance to tone and strengthen on days they're not swinging rackets and hammering volleys in the spirit of John "Thor" McEnroe.