The YMCA of Greater Omaha brings people together at 10 locations with character-building programs that strengthen participants' involvement in their community. Adults can get a head start on their New Year's fitness resolutions with body sculpting, Pilates, and other tummy-toning group fitness classes, while kids can expend some energy at a drop-in child-care center that is free while parents work out. YMCA members also enjoy reduced rates on swim lessons and youth sports, as well as free senior programs. All locations except the LaFern Williams Y offer indoor pools for aquatic antics that cannot be properly enjoyed in a bathtub's limited splashing-real estate.
As part of the ASCS Sprint Car Series, the Spring Meltdown opens the Midwest Region's season with a night of high-flying, dirt-slinging contests. During Friday's contest, drivers zoom around the 0.4-mile clay track vying for more than $5,000 in total prizes. Along with standard ASCS vehicles, participants take the wheel of Super Late Model cars and A-Mods—specialty chariots whose engines boast more horsepower than a pony elected to its fourth term in Congress.
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, you'll 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. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine-maneuvering and your muscle-making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
When Christopher Geary began teaching martial arts back in 1994, he didn't even have a facility in which to do so. Instead, he used a schoolyard. Christopher had just returned home from the Marine Corps and brought with him skills in the art of kenpo karate. Today, as a 10th-degree black belt, Christopher does have his own facility—and he teaches every class that takes place there.When he isn't schooling students on the mats at Geary's Kempo Karate (Omaha NE), Christopher can be found volunteering his wisdom and teaching self-defense techniques around the community.
The moment the ball hits the pins, a small burst of thunder crashes down the lane, joining the bowler?s cheers. Another strike has been earned at Chop?s Bowl, a 12-lane bowling alley that offers novices the use of bumpers. On Saturday nights, strobes lights illuminate the lanes as guests partake in cosmic bowling, select choice tunes on a jukebox, and divvy up piping-hot pizzas and other snacks.
Pulverizing opponents for the past 11 seasons, the Omaha Beef delight their devout fan base, known as the Meatheads, with hardnosed football matches and high-flying aerial attacks. Plunk down in a gridiron level seat ($139.10 per person; tax included) for the entire season of hard-hitting histrionics as the Beef look to terrorize their IFL opponents and capitalize on their 2009 division championship. The team's home at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, dubbed the Slaughter House, also plays host to the lovely ladies of the Omaha Beef prime dancers, as well as the rump roasters, a male dance team that brings elegance and grace to each porterhouse-themed pom-pom routine. Groupon purchasers also receive an Omaha Beef T-shirt (up to $26.75 value; tax included).