At PlayN Wisconsin, sock-clad kids lay siege to a 10,000-square-foot retail showroom, climbing ladders into redwood play sets, slipping down slides, and vaulting onto Springfree trampolines. Though the selection of outdoor play equipment is available for sale, open-play sessions encourage visitors to swing from the jungle gyms and hurl basketballs at performance hoops equipped with glass backboards for checking your reflection during slam dunks.
Besides hosting open play and birthday parties, PlayN Wisconsin helps families bring the play sets to their own backyards. Many items pack up for easy transfer straight from the store, and the staff can help move and reassemble existing swing sets at a new home. In addition, maintenance services such as power washing and staining restore wooden equipment weathered by the seasons and rebellious garden gnomes’ graffiti.
When attempting to hit a baseball traveling 90 mph or faster, every fraction of a second matters. That’s why Baseball Vision Program’s hitting guru Chris McKnight emphasizes the process of seeing the ball as the pitcher delivers it and tracking it on its way to the strike zone—the earlier a player’s eyes “pick up” the ball, the more time he or she has to react. By training players’ eyes and the reactions of their hands to be in unison, Chris gives them a valuable tool not just at the plate, but in the field. A veteran coach with experience as a manager in the NCAA and as a scout, Chris has developed successful training methods with more than 3,000 students.
Awarded “silver” for best martial arts school/studio by Madison Magazine in 2007 and 2008, Kicks Unlimited offers weekly kickboxing classes for teens and adults. Each class features ultra-aerobic cardio-boxing, bag-punishing sport kickboxing, and full body conditioning for upcoming mixed martial arts and craft nights. Check out the schedule for Fitchburg, Middleton, or Sun Prairie and call ahead to schedule your first life-changing duel with a stocky, indifferent punching bag.
The first time Amanda Uphoff attended a yoga class, her clothing still bore hints of her infant son's spittle. As she down-dogged her way to yoga mastery, she found a peaceful clarity that balanced her hectic life as a parent. Troubled by the growing rates of childhood obesity and youth eating disorders, Amanda decided to open her own family-focused studio. Blackbird Family Yoga offers classes for every age group, from freshly hatched infants to the parents that incubated them. Popular classes include family yoga and postnatal sessions, in which mothers find peace in their child's pose and infants grapple with life's complexity in adults’ poses. The studio supplies childcare to accommodate parents who need a break from child wrangling.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in kinesiology exercise science, ACE-certified trainer and Fit Fun Bootcamps founder Dustin Maher designed MamaTone Fitness to help moms vanquish weight gain after childbirth. Inspired by his own mother—who cooked his siblings and him healthful meals but rarely had enough time to exercise—Maher strives to imbue his clients with the motivation to do both. Whether training new moms, moms-to-be, dads who had moms, or curiously fast sons whose moms found them in the middle of a Kansas corn field climbing out of a spaceship, his group classes and boot camps immerse participants in a full-body workout with moral support from neighboring exercisers.