Doctors of Chiropractic Donald MacKenzie and Ursula Adkins represent two generations of Palmer College of Chiropractic alumni—Dr. MacKenzie graduated from the school in 1974 and Dr. Adkins graduated in 2012. Together, they help align spines at Altoona Chiropractic Center with an array of advanced and traditional adjustment techniques, including Activator devices, Thompson Drop tables, and applied kinesiology. And their service menu isn’t just limited to adjustments. The doctors bolster their care with a slew of treatments and therapies that ranges from acupuncture and massages with licensed massage therapist Terra Stegall to ultrasound therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique therapy, and cryotherapy. All treatments are administered with the goal of improving patients’ overall health in order to prevent injury and illness and ensure their eligibility for the next season of The Amazing Race.
Erv Wagner began shooting arrows at insolent targets in 1956, and since then he has earned a national title and maintained active membership in the National Field Archery Association, the Iowa Bow Hunter Association, and Mid-Iowa Archers. He passed down his love of outdoor sport to his son, and together they run Archery Field & Sports. They outfit first-time archers with the appropriate gear before granting tailored instruction at group or private lessons. Guests can test their aim at a 45-yard indoor range or inhale Mother Nature's fresh breath while shooting at a 20-target outdoor range. Those in need of a little more color can square off against opponents and drab blades of grass at the outdoor paintball field. Their pro shop dispenses the necessary paintballs, along with archery and hunting supplies.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on physical well-being with a cornucopia of equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or a random street man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength equipment or top-of-the-line cardio equipment, which features televisions and other media diversions. Even if you exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary-schoolyard workout. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
In addition to an arsenal of scuffed helmets and elbow pads, the Des Moines Derby Dames bear an intimidating win record and roster of talented derby dames. Creatively named players such as Autopsy Turvey, McFearson, and Strawberry Strangler dominate the circular flat track along with Stella Italiana, who was recently named Best Athlete in Cityview's Best of Des Moines list for 2012. Italiana and her teammates' recent bouts include an impressive 205–59 win over the Circle City Derby Girls and a 229–72 victory over the Chicago Outfit Shade Brigade.
Variety is the main draw at Last Stop Beverage Shop, a family-owned-and-operated emporium of adult-friendly elixirs. The doors of this unassuming roadside warehouse open to reveal sprawling shelves stocked with wine, beer, whiskey, tequila, and other potent potables that can easily enliven any celebration or Meet the Press viewing party. Owner Jim Swacker and his knowledgeable staff are on hand to make recommendations or help navigate the well-stocked aisles, where coveted labels such as Black Velvet, Patron, and Ecco Domani share space with budget-friendly bottles of Barefoot and Jacob’s Creek wine.
Since its humble beginnings in 1935 as a small health-food store that specialized in yogurt, GNC has evolved into the world's largest specialty retailer of nutritional products. The chain's more than 4,800 retail locations throughout the country stock numerous vitamins and supplements, all of which meet the company's strict standards for truthful labeling, ingredient safety, and product potency. They carry supplements that aid in sports nutrition, protein intake, diet, digestion, and beauty. Equally as dedicated to customers' shopping experiences as it is to product quality, the company created GNC University, an online learning platform, to help staff members bone up on nutrition and fitness knowledge. The knowledgeable sales associates field questions about everything from weight-management plans to stacking supplements for optimum earlobe strength. GNC Ankeny is located in front of Super Target.