Fans of Mario Kart know Rainbow Road as a glow-in-the-dark racecourse in outer space. So do fans of ABC's The Bachelor, only theirs is located on earth and strewn with more celebrities than turtle shells. To them, it's the series of inflatable arches that flashed hypnotically around Juan Pablo and Kat as they hurtled through the Electric Run. Seth Rogen, Carmen Electra, and a pink-wigged Vanessa Hudgens have also been spotted among the global event's hordes of runners and walkers.
Rainbow Road is just one of many "lands" that make up Electric Run's luminescent 5K. Any given Electric Run course contains five to seven of these brightly lit zones, each decorated according to its theme with neon trees, hanging umbrellas, phosphorescent cacti, and cascading fountains. Each land also matches the surroundings with its own soundtrack: upbeat and energizing for the wilder areas, calming and melodic for the surreal ones. Once the sun sets, participants travel through them all at their preferred pace. Everyone arrives at the same final destination, however—a DJ-propelled afterparty that keeps the night illuminated until the thunderous ka-chunk of the sun's timecard.
Jenni DiOttaviano's career at the facility that now houses Key Fitness and Yoga began when the former occupants, a martial arts academy, hired her to teach cardio kickboxing to the parents of taekwondo students. She did so well that she was promoted to program director and eventually opened her own fitness studio in the same space. Key Fitness and Yoga specializes in cardio kickboxing classes, which focus on challenging workouts of aerobic kicks and punches designed to boost heart health and ward off invisible assailants. Even though the gym is equipped to take a beating from martial arts training, DiOttaviano's studio focuses on dynamic yoga and all-levels of group fitness classes led by seasoned instructors. More than 20 classes each week introduce the basic poses of vinyasa flow or workouts that incorporate kettlebells, Zumba, boot camp, and cardio boxing and core-training.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 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.
When the creators of Snap Fitness, a popular chain of fitness centers, set out to start a gym, they believed the best way to help people stick to their fitness regimens was to remove obstacles. That’s why Snap Fitness is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and has certified personal trainers ready to help clients get the most out of their workouts.
The spacious 46th Street location has a large cardio area and plenty of free weights and strength-training equipment. Gym-goers will also find onsite tanning and nutritional counseling. They might even find Frank the English bulldog there from time to time, walking around and getting petted or doing pushups in the corner.
The newly opened Kick Start Martial Arts is a karate and tae kwon do academy for both children and adults. Believing that the study of martial arts builds confidence and teaches discipline and respect while keeping students physically fit, the owners and certified instructors of this school offer classes and competitive belt programs for their clients. A free summer camp and combat-fitness classes, which combine martial arts and cardio exercises, round out the academy's programming.