Image 2000 isn?t kidding around with its goal to have the best programs for women's fitness. A tour of the gym reveals an advanced cardio fitness room where each machine has its own LCD TV, a huge calendar of aerobics classes taught by professionals, and a diverse selection of classes ranging from Pilates and yoga to Zumba and free-weight sessions. An onsite kids? area is equipped with video games and entertainment to occupy little minds while their parents work out.
For clients who need a break after a workout, Image 2000's spa has a menu of relaxing massages, soothing facials, and professional makeup services to make faces look as toned as quads and vestigial underbiceps.
A lot of 5K runs take advantage of crisp, fall air to keep the event cool and fun, but the October Beerfest 5K and Lawn Games Tourney takes a few additional cues from the season. The organizers lay out a trail that winds through trees just changing colors, and loops around to pass a on-course beer-chugging station twice. Of course, if running and drinking don't necessarily mix for some participants, there's plenty more beer at the finish line, along with grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. Additionally, the day features a tournament of lawn games, such as corn hole, ladderball, and beer pong, that takes place between teams of two throughout the day. A DJ spends the whole day adding a soundtrack to the outdoor fun, and organizers invite guests to wear their Halloween costumes or scariest business-casual outfit.
Color Me Rad stages 5K races that transform runners into mobile rainbows by launching cheerful barrages of colored cornstarch. Each color station along the racetrack flings a new, nontoxic pigment at passersby, who wear white shirts to enhance the chromatic onslaught's costuming effects. Brilliant neon-blue, green, purple, and yellow clouds dapple participants along the way, and the race concludes with a prismatic finish-line finale as sprinters chuck colors at each other in celebration. The race's noncompetitive credo shifts the emphasis from speed to silliness, and a portion of its proceeds go to local charities.
Upon registration, each runner collects a Color Me Rad T-shirt, sunglasses, sponsor gifts, and a race bib. Though they don't receive a gift packet, runners younger than 8 years old can sprint for free, provided they have a waiver signed by a guardian and won't give in to demands for gold from confused leprechauns.
Thinking of the city rarely calls images of fog-ringed mountains and wolf-filled forests to mind, but Discover Outdoors?formerly known as Outdoor Bound?turns these scenes into reality. Owner, avid outdoorsman, and eight-time marathon runner Kirk Reynolds makes sure of it. He and a staff of experts?each a licensed trail guide and Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT?temper the stress of city living with day trips to nearby natural enclaves and weekend camping excursions. The getaways thrill with activities such as hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and horseback riding.
International trips, meanwhile, quench a thirst for life-defining adventures beyond trips to the grocery store during peak Saturday hours. Among them: hikes up famed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, treks to Machu Picchu in Peru, and jaunts through the Canadian Rockies. Some of the journeys even grant travelers the opportunity to fundraise for a worthy cause as they explore.
An intense workout can lead to an endorphin rush. Members of Sky Club Fitness & Spa get this rush—along with a rush from elevation—every time they work out near a window. That's because the gym looks out over the New York City skyline.
This epic vista follows them as they step out onto the sky deck to lounge in the sun. On the top floor, windows peek out at the horizon near an Olympic-size saltwater pool. In the lower floors, members work out on rows of cardio machines and free weights—alone, with friends, or under the guidance of a personal trainer. They also forge muscles during group fitness classes that range from cycling to boxing and unpacking heavy boxes. After a tough workout, they gather quietly in the European bath to detox or ease their lactic acid buildup with a massage.