With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
In early 2014, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs made a major off-season acquisition: bacon. Although the team's name is a reference to pig iron—used in the manufacturing of steel—bacon speaks a universal language. In addition to its many culinary uses and getting sprinkled at newlyweds, it can now be found in the lockers of IronPigs players, emblazoned on their hats, sizzling across their jerseys, and waving down their pant legs on certain game days. Such creative innovations speak to the IronPigs' culture, which is a mixture of fan-friendly fun off the field and winning baseball on the field. The formula certainly keeps the seats filled at Coca-Cola Park, which was chosen as "Ballpark of the Year" in 2008 by Ballpark Digest.
Founded in 1977, Huntington Learning Center employs a battalion of highly trained tutors who help students succeed both at school and in standardized testing. The academic evaluation, consisting of exams performed in a simulated classroom environment, yields a comprehensive collection of data that the center director uses to design a custom learning program and a personalized, in-class obstacle course. For SAT/ACT students, the evaluation includes an actual full-length SAT or ACT exam.
Knowledgeable tour guides and fluctuating locales spicy up this lively approach to dinner, in which food fanatics embark upon a steered exploration of center-city cuisine. The three-hour tour ditches wayward water vessels for walking shoes and begins with appetizers of calamari fries and three-cheese flatbread and drinks at Mediterranean-fused Sangria. Next, move onto the entree portion at Made in Brazil Steakhouse for authentic grilled comestibles. Lastly, wrap up the itinerant palate party with coffee and dessert at Allentown Brew Works, located in the historic Harold's Furniture Building. Indulge in a custardy chocolate pot de crème and a professional beer talk accented with malty ghosts of armchairs and footstools. Tours include tax and gratuity and vary per weekend night.
The Crayola Experience packs hands-on fun into more than a dozen exhibits spread over three floors. Visitors can step into a photo booth that creates a coloring page featuring themselves, doodle in the dark on giant glow boards, and paint with melted wax—or head to the Crayola Chronology exhibit to learn more about the company's colorful past. The Crayola Color Crew keeps the world's largest crayon caddy stocked with more than 100 Crayola crayon colors with which kids can draw pictures of their family or favorite TV family. Live manufacturing demonstrations allow visitors to watch crayons and markers being birthed before their eyes.
Character appearances, pizza, and Crayola crafts make birthday parties at The Crayola Experience memorable. The Crayola Store houses the world's largest crayon, which weighs in at 1,500 pounds and was forged from 123,000 blue crayons—the same number Picasso went through during his Blue Period.