The Flip Zone’s 12,000-square-foot activity center bursts at the seams with restless rug rats building agility and confidence in a range of entertaining classes. In-ground trampolines carry youthful tumblers aloft, and skilled instructors instill lofty ambitions in their cartwheeling charges. An in-depth initial assessment analyzes current skills, ensuring the gymnastics or martial-arts class chosen matches children's innate ability to explode brick walls with their fists or melt judges' hearts with their flips. In cheer classes, energetic moppets can learn useful chants that rally siblings to clean their rooms or construct monuments in their honor.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1689 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 fit seekers challenge themselves on cardio and strength machines and hoist 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 bop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Midwesterners itching to snap on a mask and breathe through a mouthpiece have had few options ever since cruel Mr. Shabberham next door filled his poorly guarded swimming pool with earwigs and paste. Today's deal scratches that itch while sparing you the respiratory distress of cornfield snorkeling: for $20, you get a one-hour class for either Discover Snorkeling or Discover Scuba (a $50 value) at Midwest Scuba Center, an educational dive center that's been serving the area since 1976, that unfortunate year when the shores of the Atlantic permanently receded from the coast of Indiana. Anyone can take the snorkeling class, but scuba divers must be at least 15 years old (or as young as 10 years if a parent or guardian takes the class, as well). Call Midwest Scuba Center to schedule your discovery session.
Mei Fitness’s bright, TV-equipped space houses an arsenal of treadmills, ellipticals, stationary cycles, and weightlifting contraptions. Clients can opt to work with trainers who personalize regimens on each piece of equipment. The friendly staffers also host dozens of group fitness classes held six days a week, which range from Zumba and Turbo dance to intense circuit training and self defense classes. To make attending the gym less of a hassle, they host a kids' room, where tykes get in shape by repeatedly lifting 20-pound Game Boys. After a workout, members can retire to a tanning bed to compliment newly toned muscles with a richer skin tone.
After four years spent playing football at the University of Illinois, and three years in the Canadian league, Morris Virgil circled back around to become a fitness coach. “Each client is a direct reflection of me,” he says. “Not in their physique, but in form, effort level, and dedication.”
He springboards off that philosophy during his 45-minute sports-inspired workouts, challenging patrons through functional training methods designed to improve overall health rather than just build washboard vanity abs or butter-churn biceps. Each workout divides time equally between cardiovascular routines, strength-training that leverages body weight, and muscle-sculpting exercises with free weights. The focus of each session alternates by the day of the week, so students can arrive daily for an all-around fit-‘em-up routine or drop in on specified slots to focus on slimming down, toning muscles, or building strength.
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the NHRA’s top pedal grinders compete for the checkers as Lucas Oil Raceway hosts the high-octane conclusion to this year’s NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, one of drag racing’s most prestigious events. The ghosts of former Model-T drivers race alongside novice and veteran speed demons such as champion Larry Dixon as they try to secure enough points to propel their teams into the Countdown playoffs and Full Throttle championships. The legendary track lives up to its reputation for smoothness as cars glide towards the finish line like sticks of butter on a bunny slope.