Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Pump It Up's Inflatable Party Zone balloons kids’ excitement with an enormous playspace that welcomes open-play sessions and private parties. Tots 34" and taller run and leap in huge bounce houses, soar down an inflatable slide, and practice for future zero-gravity triathlon events in a bouncy jousting arena and basketball court. Various open-play sessions give kids of all ages free rein to the fun zone while accompanying parents stand by to officiate bounce-house property-line disputes. Pump It Up also boasts myriad celebratory and special-event shindigs, with friendly staffers supervising jumpers, and serving pizza and favors in a vibrant party room.
For more than 30 years, the pros at Northland Scuba have plunged the depths of waters both domestic and abroad seeking aquatic adventure. At their shop and water-filled practice studio, they cover all the essentials to get students SSI scuba certified with classroom, pool, and open-water training. Beyond basic certification, the subsea experts demystify adventure diving and master certification or arrange diving trips to the Cayman Islands, Thailand, and Australia. Since safe diving requires more than a bathing suit and 20 crazy straws hot glued together, Northland Scuba stocks top-shelf equipment from Aqua Lung, SeaQuest, and Apeks.
At more than 68 current or soon to be open Sky Zone locations across the country, bouncers of all ages revel in gravity-defying flips and twists. Mammoth floor-to-wall trampolines cover the gyms, creating endless possibilities for bounding antics. Pits piled high with foam blocks allow for soft landings after springing from trampolines into sky-high aerobatic tumbles and tricks, whereas bouncy courts equipped with basketball hoops elicit soaring slam-dunk contests. Visitors also burn up to 1,000 calories per hour during trampoline-based SkyFitness classes that focus on the calisthenics and muscle-toning aerobics created by kangaroos. Other inventive activities on the courts include games of dodge ball. Each clean and safe facility provides excitement for the entire family and can also host birthdays and group celebrations.
TPI-certified golf-fitness instructor Angie Ause tailors 60-minute private tutorials to each pupil's skills and golf goals. After students display current swing mechanics with their own clubs or a set supplied by Angie, V1 video analyses provide a visual breakdown of the day's lesson, aid apprentices in studying their techniques, and showcase any post-swing pirouettes missed by the naked eye. Participants with six sessions under their belt qualify for a TPI evaluation, which improves swing and strength by combining a physical assessment, an HD-video playback of the session, and 18 individualized video workouts that improve swing imbalances.
Former NFL quarterback and current Hill-Murray head football coach Brooks Bollinger molds blossoming gridiron players into bona fide ballers during an intensive four-day instructional camp. Alongside a team of fellow coaches and special guests, Bollinger and his staff focus on football fundamentals, with crash courses in offense, defense, and special teams. Skill-specific drills will prepare athletic students for a range of in-game scenarios and introductions to rules and terminology such as "in motion" and "run the other way" emphasize gamely discipline. Basic leadership and sportsmanship customs are stressed throughout the camp, and each aspiring Howie Long is rewarded with a T-shirt and a newfound respect for the dynamics of physics.