Slip ‘n’ slides. Mud pits. Tire runs. A tarzan swing. Regardless of whether you choose the 1.5- or 3.5-mile route, the Muddy Patriot has one goal in mind: to get you dirty. With adrenaline pumping and live music from The Bronk Bros. filling the air, racers aged 13 and older take on the Muddy Patriot obstacle course, which is made, like a pig’s-dream montage, almost entirely of mud.
Though it may technically be considered a competition, Muddy Patriot’s founder, Chris Bushart, intended it to be fun, first and foremost. As a veteran of the United States Navy, Bushart’s time spent traversing the globe made him realize how much he loved his country and how much he wanted to give back. The Muddy Patriot not only brings excitement to Michiganders for a day, but also supports local businesses and children’s charities such as Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center.
Fly Kalamazoo's first flight lesson teaches wet-behind-the-wings novices how to fly a small plane. The aerial instruction begins with a ground briefing, wherein you'll learn the basics of flight controls, engine controls, instruments, surfaces, and communication with birds before taking a seat in the cockpit and taking off. Your instructor will man the radio while guiding you through basic maneuvers (turning, climbing, descending, and configuration changes) as well as aerial procedures such as the chocolate dodo. Because you'll be able to choose the direction of your flight, it's possible you can fly over landmarks such as Kalamazoo's 161-foot-tall statue of Bruce Lee. Fly Kalamazoo's planes are maintained in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration and thoroughly inspected every 100 hours of operation.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
The Courthouse Athletic Center helps pintsize athletes build sports skills, friendships, and healthy lifestyles at six-week-long basketball and volleyball camps. Instead of playing full-contact Rubik's cube on Friday evenings, kids can burn off energy with a full hour of games and drills led by a friendly, experienced instructor. Youngsters play with campers near their own age and skill level, building confidence as they discover how to levitate volleyballs and putt basketballs into the hoop. The coach encourages each athlete along the way, sharing tips on form, strategy, teamwork, and sportsmanship. In addition to becoming better competitors, camp-goers develop perseverance, deepen their love of the game, and learn not to clone the ref, even in the event of a double-dog dare.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 512 days a year with nonstop security. Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of a two-month membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside a swimming pool filled with mud. One personal-training session or group class guides fitness-seekers in the direction of toned bodies with personal attention or the positive reinforcement of group environment and rebar. Highlight the results of fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying sessions with five tanning sessions to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze. As an added bonus, this Groupon waives the enrollment fee.
With an experienced team of personal trainers, Strength Beyond focuses on helping clients craft workouts suited to their personal needs that help them reach their fitness goals. Each location features tanning services and fitness equipment such as Hammer Strength machines and BH Fitness treadmills. Members who need motivation to complete one more push-up or run longer on the treadmill can sign up for personal training sessions or Zumba, Pilates, or yoga classes.