At each of several one-day festivals held throughout the country, thousands of revelers unite in an epic clash of pulp, beer, and live music. Armed with a cache of 300,000 tomatoes, participants don protective bathing suits and goggles and hurl the fruit at one another during a two-hour battle. Throughout the afternoon, live music and costume contests offer an entertaining respite from the front lines, as bartenders dispense drafts of beer to attendees older than 21, refueling soldiers' morale before they resign to writing goodbye letters to their produce vendors back home. All tomatoes used during the event are past ripe and already fated for disposal, making the battle an efficient means of tossing them before their cursed transformation into singing Muppets.
A stress-shedding family-friendly sport for splatter soldiers of all types and stripes, paintball grants its combatants the perfect backdrop for one-on-one duels or group-oriented maneuvers. Spread out your tickets over six solo sessions, or round up five friends, coworkers, or NBA starters for a fast-paced adrenaline-fueled jaunt across unique indoor and outdoor terrains that can include pastoral fields and themed villages. Each trek arms guests with a battle mask and goggles, semiautomatic paintball marker, hopper and tanker, and orientation that lays out the rules, safety precautions, and the symbolism behind to Jackson Pollack’s early work.
CrossFit is so named because of its mix-and-match fitness philosophy, forging a veritable Venn diagram of techniques. The fitness lines are blurred inside the 5,000-square-foot facility as routines glom together to challenge every bodily facet from the biceps to the bifurcated hooves. The workouts shift and change with the regularity of an animorph and are composed of functional movements such as pushing, pulling, squatting, lifting, rowing, and more. Everyone is welcome, from octogenarian cage fighters to 20-year-old Internet potatoes. Regardless of gender and fitness level, CrossFit's routines and supportive trainers help exercise-pilgrims progress toward stupendous health. The knowledgeable staff keeps things running smoothly and safely, for the benefit of all involved. Check out the schedule for the CrossFit conditioning and “daily workout of the day” (w.o.d.) classes available with the unlimited month-long membership.
Staffed by experienced coaches and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display to get results. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s experienced personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
Most 5Ks feature participants in sweat-wicking T-shirts and shorts sprinting toward the finish line. But The Sweater Dash is different. During the fun run, runners and walkers don ugly sweaters to ring in the holiday season. Following the festive jaunt, participants head to the Ugly Sweater Party to celebrate their achievement with live music and holiday food. To add to the merriment, the event includes an award ceremony for Ugliest Sweater and a meet-and-greet with Santa, during which the winner of the Ugliest Sweater award can ask him for more stylish clothing.
It's questionable whether one barbell, one kettlebell, and a homemade squat rack constitute a real gym, but for Rich and Ana Schuster, it was a sufficient start. After discovering CrossFit at a local gym, the Schusters began to build a makeshift gym in their garage. Soon friends and neighbors turned to the couple for their exercise expertise. As their group grew, so did the equipment, and today the garage has expanded to a bona fide gym. At SchuBox CrossFit, the Schusters lead participants in intense, diverse workouts that combine cardio exercises and strength training.