As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
In 2014, Curves partnered with celebrity fitness expert Jillian Michaels to design a new take on its traditional circuit. These workouts incorporate functional bodyweight exercises?each with modifications?into the existing sequence, providing a slightly more intense gym experience intended to jump-start metabolisms while still forging lean, toned muscles.
Despite their name, The Sky Knights won't swoop down to earth on a dragon?instead, they use a parachute. Since its founding in 1963, the club has helped others take their first skydiving plunge via tandem jumps or work toward becoming USPA-certified skydivers. They conduct all of their classes and aerial excursions at Skydive Milwaukee, a dedicated drop zone extending up to 13,500 feet above the Wisconsin countryside. Whether briefing visitors pre-jump in their climate-controlled classrooms or strapping them in with an instructor for their first 50-second free fall, the company adheres to all FAA and United States Parachute Association rules and recommendations and uses only FAA-certified teaching equipment fitted with automatic reserve-activation devices. The center, meanwhile, features open-air grills and an observation deck?allowing even those on the ground to partake in the pulse-pounding thrills.
Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneakers to treadmills or lift their first weights, staff meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting personalized fitness plans based on clients' strength, cardio condition, and bionic-limb manufacturers. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthful eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Staff also forestall exercise-routine boredom by working individually with clients on a routine basis.
The splatter of pigment signals a successful hit at The Siege. Here, players can challenge each other on a regulation arena filled with inflated obstacles to test their tournament-style skills. On the open, grassy field, opponents take cover behind whitewashed stacks of pallets and tractor tires. Paintball markers can also be converted to laser tag equipment for indoor play or for people who prefer to do battle in a tuxedo.
The certified tummy-trimming instructors at Fusion Fitness lead all fitness levels through a schedule of 17 weekly classes with a concentration in Zumba. Latin rhythms and frantic footwork ignite calories in the classic Zumba sessions, and lightweight toning sticks and dumbbells intensify workouts and increase strength for respectable handshakes and intimidating hand-crushes in Zumba toning classes. Older adults ease into moves while partaking in the slower-paced Zumba Gold and the newly offered yoga classes. Meanwhile, the Body Sculpt’s 45-minute resistance-training sessions let participants attempt to push and pull immovable objects and rise against oppressive weight regimes.
Godsell Farm is a prime example of the modern family-owned farm. Owners Mark and Pam Godsell are dedicated to educating laypeople about agricultural practices, all while running a farm that produces organic, pesticide-free produce and antibiotic-free eggs and meats from humanely raised animals. The fruits of their labor are distributed through a community-supported agricultural program, whose members can learn how their food is grown throughout the seasons.
The Godsells also encourage people to visit and experience farm life, if only for an afternoon. Field trips, school programs, and fall celebrations offer kids and adults alike the chance to interact with chickens, bunnies, goats, and cows. Hayrides allow visitors to tour the fields, while engaging demonstrations showcase the tools?both historical and modern?used to work the land and care for the animals. October weekends offer additional entertainment, from a kid-friendly haunted trail to a pumpkin patch where you can pick out a future jack-o'-lantern or Headless Horseman accessory.