Learn To Brew was created by a professional brewer in an effort to provide patrons with a one-stop-shop for supplies, hands-on classes, and how-to videos for crafting beer and wine. In addition to taps and kegerators for homes or businesses, staff members stock ingredients such as hops, malts, and yeasts. In their classes, they cover everything from balancing acids for wine to fermenting honey for mead.
In 1981, the founders of Mademoiselle Figure and Fitness opened the doors to their gym with a vision for it to become a place where women can get away from everyday life and focus on their fitness. Today, the staffers continue to support their female members’ fitness goals at two locations. Every member is assigned to a trainer who can meet with them for personal training sessions at no extra charge. As an added measure, trainers will give clients a call, e-mail, or smoke signal encouraging them to stay on track if they haven’t shown up at the gym in a while.
Both locations have heated pools where members can take Aqua Zumba and other water-based classes or do laps before relaxing in the whirlpool, steam room, or sauna. The trainers also lead Zumba, step, and other workouts on land. In addition to an indoor track, the gyms stock strength and cardio equipment from Precor, Life Fitness, Nautilus, and Cybex. After working out or stopping in for a session on the vibration platforms or tanning beds, members can pick up their kids from the babysitting area.
Each year, Mud Factor plows into towns across the country towing along a fun, yet challenging course full of obstacles and mud to trudge through. But it's not just the adults that get covered in the dirty stuff. Mud Factor Kidz offers all the steep hills, muddy pits, and dark moments of introspection as the grownup course. Athletes between 4 and 8 years old run about a mile, and those between 9 and 13 can go as far as two. Costumes are encouraged for runners who like to rock their own style, be they Mud-Thing ensembles or tweenage ninja turtles. By conquering the course, participants win the right to don finishers' medals.
Ladies Workout Express caters to female fitness goers with a trove of equipment designed specifically for women, plus a variety of relaxing amenities and energizing group classes. Hide-and-seek champion muscles can be coaxed from concealment with specialized circuit machines that utilize both strength and aerobic training. Each unit comes equipped with ten different resistance levels allowing for a wide range of challenges, and dual hydraulic systems work multiple muscle groups at once. Racers can prepare lower body branches for upcoming hamster wheel marathons with treadmills and stationary bikes or unwind after intense workouts by lounging in a tanning bed or the sauna. Zumba classes, which fuse Latin grooves with easy-to-follow dance steps, can help hip-shakers shed calories to the beat of a sultry soundtrack. Instructors demonstrate rhythmic dance moves as groups of promenading protégés follow along with swaying hips, swinging arms, and evaporating inhibitions.
In all of weight loss, there may be no concept less aptly named than the “low-calorie” diet. That’s because the calorie unit we associate with food actually refers to kilo calories—meaning when we say, “2,000 calories a day,” we actually mean 2,000,000. A calorie is a unit of heat, or energy—specifically, the energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius. And if the number of calories we ingest is bad news, the upside is that we are burning them all the time.
A certain amount of calories—about 60–75% of the calories you burn each day—are needed to sustain the body's unconscious functions, such as breathing and circulation. Known as basal metabolic rate, the specific percentage depends on factors such as size and body composition, gender, and age (typically, as people get older, fat makes up a larger portion of body weight, causing calories to burn more slowly). Digestion makes up about another 10 percent of the calories burned, leaving physical activity to account for the rest.
During exercise, the muscles contract, causing the body's adenosine triphosphate (ATP) molecules to break down as the heart continues to pump faster and faster—increasing the body’s demand for more energy. Once the muscles have depleted the day’s caloric intake, they turn to other calorie sources to fuel the fire—making weight loss possible as the body begins to sacrifice fat cells to the god of the treadmill.