Zaggora's founder Dessi was scrambling. She needed to lose a little weight before her wedding, but none of the weight loss products she used seem to move the needle. Eventually, she took matters into her own hands, inventing her own effective method for slimming down. Zaggora's multi-layer capris, tops, shorts, and blazers put the heat naturally emitted by the body during exercise to work burning more calories. A 2012?2013 study conducted by ETScience at University of Southern California showed users wearing Zaggora used less energy to achieve high cardio levels and burned anywhere from 6?18% more calories and than those wearing standard exercise clothing.
Made from a comfortable bioceramic material, the shorts' ThermoFit technology smoothes thighs and other dimple-prone areas by warming body tissues and increasing their metabolic rate. This process boosts energy expenditure before and after exercise, and aids in eliminating cellulite-causing toxins.
Emblazoned with the names, logos, and colors of athletic battalions from professional leagues and universities, My Sports Rug's floor fanciers outfit domiciles with team pride. Fans can select the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, or college team logo and pattern of their choice to dress up a Stainmaster rug, which ties together rec-room decor and amply covers hatches to dungeons imprisoning opponents? mascots. All rugs consist of 100% Stainmaster nylon and ward off germs with antibacterial properties. A 10-year warranty ensures the carpets will last longer than most winning streaks or World Series curses.
The sparkle of coal is a common sight in mineshafts, but no minerals have ever been found in Warpaint International's mineshaft. Instead, the splatter of fired paintballs covers the walls, just as it does in the newly renovated, 20,000-square-foot arena's other three play zones. Within the exciting facility, competitors can navigate the small homes of an indoor shantytown and crouch behind stacked barrels in an otherwise sparse mock-hotel.
JT SplatMaster Paintball offers a gentler version of paintball for younger players who have outgrown Extreme Contact Face Painting. And Warpaint International has partnered with Sniperz Den Paintball in St. Paul to host once-a-month events on more than 50 acres ripe for play, including seven bases replete with flags. Players can also stop by the full pro shop to stock up on markers, paintballs, and other related apparel.
Founded in 1976, Hillcrest Ski & Sports hosts an armory of gear for skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, running, and water sports. Snow bunnies can protect themselves from alkali metals, actinides, and other elements with clothing and eyewear such as women’s Wigwam Snow Mogul socks ($19) and women’s Scott USA radiant goggles (up to $85). Keep feet at a stylish constant with a pair of men’s Reef Brazil Phantoms sandals ($27) while rotating through different colors of Airblaster Airshades ($18) to camouflage against urban, rural, and tropospheric backdrops. The bright colors of the Alien Workshop Saari Moon Buggy Skateboard Deck ($59.95) complement summer palettes, and the three cup holders built into the HO Sports Leisure Lounge raft ($39.99) keep aquatic revelers well hydrated between Super Soaker jousts. The shop also offers rentals of winter gear, and provides expert maintenance services on skis, snowboards, and robotic dog sleds.
Tall nets surround Sunset Golf Center’s driving range, their forgiving springiness easing wayward balls back toward the range's lush green. Here, golfers launch balls from the center’s 50 practice stalls, more than half of which are sheltered from the elements. Artificial-grass mats carpet each stall with blades soft enough to mimic real fairways but short enough to avoid attracting artificial cows, and across the grounds, a stone Statue of Liberty oversees play atop the 18-hole miniature-golf course. From his post at the center, golf instructor Sandy Sutherland helps both juniors and adults to hone their links prowess.
• For $6, you get three games of bowling (up to a $8.25 value), shoe rental (a $2 value), and a pretzel (a $2.25 value); (a $12.50 total value). • For $12, you get three games of bowling and shoe rental for two and two pretzels (up to a $25 value).