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.
For the past eight years, The Shadow’s Edge has been shocking its visitors with high-quality chills, jolts, and disembodied shrieks while providing a seasonal home for the area’s orphaned undead and roaming reanimated. The 2010 season includes new rooms and an updated, 8,000-square-foot floor plan, so ghost-hunters who memorized last year’s layout in an effort to scare the house’s inhabitants will be as in-the-dark as first-time guests. As you traverse the halls of the cursed abode, expect evil clowns, brain-hungry zombies, and skeletons, bitter after losing their skin in a mishap with pop rocks and an industrial vat of liquid nitrogen. All of The Shadow’s Edge creatures were created with professional special effects, so nearly all of your senses will be bombarded by the house’s fully-realized harbingers of total-body horror.
TC's Strength and Conditioning is helmed by owner Tim Collins, a master trainer, corrective-exercise specialist, and CrossFit Level 1 trainer with more than 12,000 fitness sessions under his belt. He leads strength and conditioning classes that combine strength-training, core-training, and metabolic-conditioning exercises for groups and individuals, helping them lose weight or gain muscle.
The experienced instructors at Robin Welch Dance Arts and Core Training impart dancing acumen in exploratory classes for teens, adults, and children ages 3–6. In creative movement sessions, up to 20 children ages 3–4 learn listening and motor skills through group activities. Mothers can revel in quality family time in Mommy and Me classes (ages 3–5), which further develop children's coordination. Children enrolled in creative song and dance (ages 3–4) and Tap, Sing 'n' Dance (ages 5–6) are taught singing as well as basic movements in tap and jazz. In beginning ballet classes for teens and adults, budding dancers stretch and strengthen muscles to classical tunes. Students are advised to check the schedule for class times and meeting locations.
Though its name implies a focus on inflatable attractions, the all-ages indoor playground at Pump It Up of Omaha also gets kids active on an 18-foot rock-climbing wall and building with huge imagination blocks. These attractions stand among a sea of air-filled slides and climbing structures, some designed by members of the management team. The bounce castles propel jumpers into the air; and the Chaos obstacle course lets racers run side-by-side or practice shaking hands while walking. The playground also holds special programs such as day camps for young and medium-young children, private birthday parties, and field trips. Many of Pump It Up's staffers are university students working toward education degrees; they often organize contests and games, and supervise visitors while playing on the same level as their smaller guests.
Body Masters, Inc. was co-named the city's Best Personal Training Facility by readers of Omaha Magazine in 2014. Part of the credit goes to the studio's team of certified personal trainers, who preach accountability and devise workouts to match any number of fitness goals. But some credit should also go to the facility itself. Furnished with an array of top-of-the-line fitness equipment, the studio offers no shortage of workout possibilities. There are truck tires to hurl, racks of weights to lift, and a plot of artificial turf studded with dandelions that need pulling.