Bellydance Grand Rapids teaches hips to shimmy and shake for the first time or for performance. Weekly classes and workshops focus on skill sets for individual levels ranging from absolute beginner to advanced. In classes, students learn arm positions, isolations, traveling with layers, and choreography with props, all in an environment that focuses on community, fitness, and empowerment.
At Ladies Fitness, women earn slim physiques and a healthy sweat with personalized workout regimens that can include fitness classes, personal training, and exercise on the center’s equipment. Trained instructors lead more than 30 classes each week, keeping workouts from going stale with fun, diverse sessions such as step aerobics, Zumba, yoga, circuit training, and kickboxing. The gym’s personal trainers push members toward their individual fitness goals, whether it’s to shed pounds, develop muscle mass, or build a machine that will transport them to a time when they were more athletic.
Some running stores brag about their huge selection. For Running Fit, it isn’t about quantity, but quality. Their selection, which typically spans about 200 options, never includes poorly made shoes, even if they’re hot brand names. The shop's buyers focus on three core principles: fit, construction, and price. If a shoe doesn’t fit their high expectations, it simply doesn’t make the cut. The staff is trained to help you find a shoe that fits your unique specifications, from foot and gait type to preferences in in-shoe rocket boosters.
Those who are getting into running for the first time should try Running Fit's Running 101 class, which prepares students for the trials of a 5K through group runs and info sessions that focus on apparel and shoes, stretching, nutrition, and how to prepare for a race. More experienced runners can raise their game up by having their form analyzed or signing up for the half- and full-marathon class, which takes participants through the training process from start to finish. The running obsessed, meanwhile, should check out The FIT, a weekly running newsletter that doubles as an arch support.
At Japan Karate Academy, karate isn't the only art students learn—the veteran instructors also teach kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and traditional sword work. Helmed by Master A. K. Geelani, a martial artist certified by the World Karate Federation, the team of sensei also integrates strong values into their self-defense classes, such as perseverance and discipline.
More than 80 of the world's finest golf courses come to life on the immense screens of golf simulators at Play Golf 365. While TVs keep guests abreast of the sporting events and food and libations from the Library Sports Pub help maintain high spirits, golfers can smash drives into the fairways of Pinehurst No. 2 or fulfill a lifelong dream of shanking the ball into the waves of the Pacific while playing Pebble Beach Golf Links. The simulators use TruTrac Tracking Software, which provides a statistical breakdown of each shot, including the total distance, clubhead path, and clubface angle at contact.
When Jim Wiseman bought what would become Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area in 1968, it consisted of a dilapidated farmhouse and seven rope tows. A mere day before opening, five of the tows were condemned. But Jim remained undeterred, forging ahead with a humble inventory of 122 pairs of rental skis. Today, that number has grown to 2,000, in addition to 500 snowboards, which plunge down 11 runs and a 225-foot peak that also allows guests to test-drive the equipment and practice their yardstick skills. The terrain parks, one of which was added in 1997 to reflect the resort’s devotion to freestyle skiing, greet visitors with new challenges such as tabletops, high spines, grind rails, and pyramids.
Whether skiers tackle the stunt-ready equipment or seek out beginner lessons, they’re guaranteed fresh powder thanks to Swiss Valley’s expert method of snowmaking. The technology ensures enough snow for winter fun, as long temperatures allow and no salt giants attack the slopes. After their frosty jaunt, visitors can warm up in the fireside lounge, dotted with freestanding fireplaces and picture windows that overlook the snowy terrain.