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, fitness frontierswomen 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.
At Ellipse Fitness, the only pieces of machinery that you operate are the levers, pulleys, and ball-and-socket mechanisms of your own skeleton. The gyms abstain from treadmills and bikes in favor of a full class schedule and a cooperative group atmosphere. With 35 or more lessons scheduled per week, certified instructors guide students of all experience levels through an ever-changing line-up of strength and cardio drills. These routines incorporate tools such as resistance bands, TRX suspension cords, kettle bells, battling ropes, and kickboxing equipment, though the primary instrument is always the human physique.
In addition to their standard classes, the staff also hosts boot-camp sessions and seminars on mastering your metabolism. Their weight-loss programs encompass weekly check-ins, during which clients receive nutritional resources and gauge their progress by taking measurements instead of stockpiling all the food they didn't eat in a jar. Regardless of its ultimate goal, each Ellipse Fitness regimen involves personal attention and a holistic, full-body approach to wellness.
Sky-blue walls and sand-colored carpets greet each family at Kids Unleashed, where slides, hula hoops, and playhouses invite young ones to explore as they hone their gross motor skills. The make-believe beach beckons stocking-dressed feet to roam its shores, where children ride rocking horses and parents surf free WiFi instead of the carpet in a nearby lounge filled with coffee, conversation, and clear views of the kids’ activities. Story time piques young children’s interest in reading, and ping-pong tables help older kids to develop enough hand-eye coordination to read a book while performing a cartwheel. Parents may depart during most of the center’s classes and camps, as the creation of art projects stimulates inventiveness in each child, and cupcake-baking demonstrates that cakes have children too. After class or playtime, the café teems with homemade, health-conscious snacks.
If anybody knows the difference between a good bowling alley and a great bowling alley, it's Gary Daroszewski. The champion bowler and USBC Hall of Fame member has made a hobby out of renovating classic bowling alleys, and now brings his expertise to oversee the revival of the 36,000-square-foot Fox Valley Lanes. Brand new automatic scoring systems and shiny new lanes are just a few of the upgrades bowlers can expect of their beloved neighborhood hangout, along with automated bumpers, new seating, and upgrades to the lasers, fog machines, and DJ equipment used during the alley's cosmic bowling nights and monthly all-staff revival of Cats. A new restaurant and bar will provide fuel for players between frames, and a second banquet room will accommodate even more groups for birthdays and other celebrations.
The nine-hole course at Weymont Run Country Club leads players on a rambling chase through treacherous dogleg turns and narrow fairways. Built in 1971, the track extends for 3,124 yards over 84 bucolic acres, nuzzling up against dense forest on four holes and forcing players to remain wary of water hazards on two. The club also allows ample room for practice at its driving range, a perfect solution for those needing a pre-round warm-up or a testing site for a homemade catapult.
Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par 36 course * Total length of 3,124 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 35.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 124 from the back tees
Stretching 2,934 yards across the landscape from the longest tees, Bridgewood Golf Course presents players with a nine-hole layout made challenging by multiple water hazards and small, fast greens. As golfers gun for the par of 35, they must contest with ponds that come directly into play on at least eight different parts of the course. The park-like setting and shorter length provide an excellent opportunity to walk or somersault through the course, though golf carts are available.