At first, Boing! Jump Center measured only six feet square. It sat on the tabletop of Boing! founder Michael C., who wanted to work out the best possible arrangement of bounceable surfaces before opening. Today, each center?s trampoline arenas total more than 12,000 square feet of jumpable surface, where everyone has access to multidimensional springiness.
Boing! also has a separate arena for an aerial version of dodgeball that adds jumping to the sport?s usual ducking, throwing, and curling up into a ball once you?re out. During breaks between aerial activities, guests can stop by the Boing! arcade. The game center also hosts combo deals, including a college night.
Fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and superhero shows, movies, and comics gather to celebrate their shared interests at CONjure. For three days, costumed guests mingle with new friends and old pals, shop for paintings and drawings from professional artists, and play tabletop, board, and console games for hours on end. Panel discussions and seminars from experts such as Space Ghost: Coast to Coast's George Lowe and The Legend of Neil director and writer Sandeep Parikh inform visitors of new trends in costuming, special effects, and media. Attendees can also compare their posters and life-size cardboard cutouts to the real-life forms of stars such as Mark Sheppard from Firefly and Supernatural, Kelly Hu from Arrow and X-Men 2, and Joel Hodgson from Mystery Science Theater 3000.
As its name suggests, Taylor's Fitness Club - North Wind Martial Arts Academy leads a double life. For students seeking to master the moves and disciplines of kickboxing and the martial arts, it's a dojo of learning. For those hoping to improve their abilities to lose weight, tone their bodies, and walk up flights of stairs without huffing and puffing like the Little Engine That Could, it is haven of fitness. Leading the way is Sensei James Taylor. He boasts 23 years of training, backed by a seventh-degree black belt in Shito-ryu karate, first-degree black belt in Katsugo kickboxing, and NETA certification as a personal trainer. He calls on his resume of dual abilities to lead a combination of high-intensity boot-camp-style classes and martial arts sessions.
They have a saying at Pound 4 Pound Fitness: "Tough times don't last, tough people do." And since the gym is run by professional kickboxers and MMA fighters, they might just know what they're talking about. Boxing and kickboxing classes range from cardio-focused sessions designed to get students in shape to training programs designed for athletes looking to compete. And then there are the boot-camp classes, which are held in the mornings to maximize motivation and deliver faster results. Whether you're looking to tone up a little or to prepare for a match inside the Octagon, Pound 4 Pound is determined to help you achieve your fitness goals.
In the large fitness space of Body & Motion Fitness Studio, exercisers gather for fast-paced and fun-filled fitness classes. Positioned in front of wall-to-wall mirrors, instructors lead students in dance fitness such as Zumba and hip-hop cardio, alongside others such as Insanity workouts.
The gym looks like equal parts Olympic training facility and old warehouse—here, exercisers hoist themselves up rows of pull-up bars, grunt around a collection of kettlebells, and hop through jump-rope routines. On a power-lifting platform, a lifter explodes from a squat, hoisting a plate-loaded bar up to his shoulders and then dropping under it to catch the weight over his head. Elsewhere, athletes do dips on gymnast rings and build a sweat on rowing machines.
This low-tech setting is typical of all true CrossFit gyms. Though the equipment may be basic, the results are not: CrossFit workouts develop all measures of physical fitness—from power to cardiovascular endurance—through workouts that are broad, general, and inclusive. This approach is often described as specializing in not specializing: it develops physical fitness in ways equally beneficial to everyone, from professional mixed martial artists and police officers to weekend softball players.
CrossFit gyms typically start clients in a foundational program where trainers teach the basic movements, such as the squat, dead lift, and pull-up. Every exercise is scalable to a version that clients can complete—a pull-up, for example, can be scaled back to a negative pull-up, a static hang, or body-weight row with gymnast rings. It can also be scaled to a more challenging version, such as the kipped pull-up. After students learn CrossFit's basic movements, they move on to open group classes, which follow the ever-changing WOD, or Workout of the Day. These workouts are short and intense, and they foster camaraderie through frequent team circuits. In addition to supervising WOD class, trainers coach members on nutrition, advocating a caveman-style diet of low-glycemic carbohydrates, monounsaturated fats, and lean proteins such as raptor meat.