The experienced instructors at TM Martial Arts aim to help their students strengthen more than muscles in their hapkido, tae kwon do, and self-defense classes. They prize the character development and cognitive benefits—such as self-confidence, perseverance, and improved concentration—that people can experience with regular practice. That said, their American kickboxing and Ultimate Fitness programs blend strength training with sparring drills to help students reshape their bodies and embrace fitness for the rest of their lives, no matter their age or starting level.
Seven extreme athletes and one Royal Marine banded together to design Spartan Races' intense miles-long courses, each strewn with obstacles to test resilience, stamina, and strength. Clad in event T-shirts, runners collect smudges and stains as they clamber across mud pits, slide unscathed under barbed wire, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as three miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
Realms of Ruin's 80-acre paintball and airsoft park provides a battlefield for acrylic adventures. For a full day, quick shooters can paint victorious initials on their friends with a bodily battalion of gun, hopper, tank, goggles, socks, air fills, and paintballs. Launch pigmented balls of fury at opponents throughout a game of capture the flag, elimination, or a traditional battle. The site features a creek that winds around 12 different courses reinforced with forts, trenches, bunkers, and bridges. Towering trees, thick brush, and sandy soil provide ample locations for visitors to duck into and surreptitiously attack enemies, or to take a shady break and play a stealth-destroying harmonica solo. Referees oversee the chromatic combat to ensure safety and fair play, and players can bring in their own food and drink to refuel after a close match.
Designed in 1926 by Leonard MaComber, the nine holes of Cedardell Golf Club's par 70 course sit among lush, tree-lined fairways and well-kept greens. On weekdays (a $24 value/person with cart) or weekends (a $27 value/person with cart), golfers can sail their carts over fresh-cut fairways, following the fair winds that guide voyagers to their wayward shots, then playfully toss successive attempts straight into the sun. After playing a round, golfers can realize the peerless putts and crisp chips of their dreams on the course's practice green. Two players can use one Groupon per round, or groups of four can use two.
Home of the Illinois Women's Open, Mistwood Golf Club's idyllic greens provide challenges and triumphs to golfers of all skill levels. Their dream team of talented instructors transform golfbabies into hotshot spheroid-swatters through dedicated instruction. The one-hour lesson (a $100 value) gives players the opportunity to solicit tips from professional tip-givers, who will spill the beans on links secrets such as ideal putting stances and automatic hole-in-one passwords. After stocking up on wisdom, students can hone their chops on an unlimited supply of range balls (a $20 value). In addition to the private lesson and golf balls, swingers can pair up with an instructor for a nine-hole playing lesson (a $180 value, green fees and cart rental included), where they'll together navigate the myriad bunkers and water hazards that pepper the course, before settling down to discuss the volatile price of Bitcoins at lunch (a $15 value).
The 18-hole, par 72 Fox Bend Golf Course spans 6,890 yards of kempt fairways and rolling greens to form a well-maintained grassy monolith that has played host to three Illinois Opens and a 2010 USGA qualifier. Throughout the lush links, mature trees frame short-grass corridors peppered with a total of 34 sand traps and frequent water hazards that complicate each spheroid's passage onto slick, boldly contoured greens. Take a virtual course tour to begin preparing for the 175-yard shot needed to clear the par 3 15th's deep bunker fortifications while still landing the ball on the hole's relatively shallow green. Hone your fairway wood game to set up an eagle putt on Fox Bend's signature par-5 fifth hole, where bold duffers reckon with a watery ravine that sits right in front of the green and subsists on the souls of mishit orbs.