Anytime Fitness, which boasts 2,398 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 fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip 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 hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneakers to treadmills or lift their first weights, staff meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting personalized fitness plans based on clients' strength, cardio condition, and bionic-limb manufacturers. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthful eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Staff also forestall exercise-routine boredom by working individually with clients on a routine basis.
A PGA Class A member since 1992, Robert Jan has thrived on fairways and greens his entire life. During his collegiate career at Millikin University, Robert shot his way to two-time NCAA All-American honors, eventually earning a spot in the school's Hall of Fame. Since then, he has continued to be a force in low-level golf tournaments, amassing more than 30 titles in amateur and professional events and record scores at seven courses without ever having to cork a driver. Today, Robert passes down tips of the trade culled from his immense experience in golf lessons conducted in the greater Milwaukee and Chicago areas. In addition, Robert boasts club-fitting expertise in both Callaway and Titleist equipment, helping his clients find their ideal clubs based on swing type, body profile, and favorite wind instrument.
Featured on Morning Blend and in the Journal Sentinel for its merger of nutritious eats and fat-busting workouts, Fit Food Trainer invites students into group classes led by certified personal trainers. Tone both tummies and rumps with Butts and Guts' muscle-firming drills, or turn the spotlight on stomachs with a Cardio Core class. Alternately, hands can hoist dumbbells and weighted balls at Bells and Balls, which took out its third component, Bills, after clients' check-signing hands kept cramping up.
For the past 29 years, John and Loie Laimon have proudly contributed to the tight-knit fishing community that surrounds them by running their own fishing-and-bait business. Whether they are selling U.S.-made, handcrafted baits or other handpicked products, renting pontoons for small groups, or winterizing boat motors by fastening Santa hats to them, the Laimons approach each service personably and attentively. This approach has helped them grow to two locations on Pewaukee Lake.
Flabbergast occupies jumpy juveniles with an indoor kingdom of colorful slides and cushy trampoline-floored rooms. Set kids loose to ricochet off the walls of six giant inflatables, or accompany them to the giant climbing fortress to teach how our mountaineers practiced feudalism. Elsewhere, Flabbergast's huge arcade area plays host to more than 50 games, and the café builds up playtime energy with a menu of snacks. All children younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult; in between peeking at their youngsters from the lounge area, chaperones can revel in grown-up comforts by sinking into a plush chair, watching the flat-screen TV, browsing on the free wireless Internet, or comparing driver's-license photos.