Two Midwestern locations bear the Crossfire Paintball name, together covering more than 50 acres of natural wooded terrain and open battlefields peppered with logs and drain-pipe bunkers. During typical high-speed, team-based battles, soldiers splat each other with watercolor-tipped spears and biodegradable balls filled with nontoxic paint as they attempt to capture the enemy's flag. Just as games for small groups and birthday or bachelor parties boost camaraderie among friends, corporate outings foster vital interoffice skills such as problem solving, quick thinking, and coordinating ties with colorful shirt stains.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 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.
Grandmaster Byung Yul Lee founded World TaeKwonDo Academy in 1969 after emigrating to the U.S. from South Korea. Today, his legacy continues to shine at the academy, now run by his son. At their 12 locations, instructors teach traditional and sport taekwondo, unlocking the secrets of the discipline’s signature kicks and strikes. Teen and adult classes incorporate self-defense, tension exercises, and cardiovascular workouts, and little dragons lessons teach focus and coordination to students aged three to five. After-school taekwondo combines daycare with martial arts; after grabbing a ride to the academy, students pair homework sessions with confidence-building taekwondo lessons. In addition to the academy’s namesake martial art, students of all ages can also expand their combat knowledge with jiujitsu, cardio kickboxing, mixed martial arts, or kumdo sword training, or enroll in a yoga class to balance body and mind.
"Stop wishing & start doing," reads an inspirational quote emblazoned on a wall at Three Rivers Fitness. That phrase is both a mantra and a mission statement at the gym, where every workout benefits from professional guidance and encouragement. Adults of all ages and levels of fitness are welcome, and they're shown the ropes by a team of instructors.
If you're looking for a more community-oriented workout, try out any of the gym's 40 group classes. Held in private studios with hardwood floors, the classes include Spin, Zumba, yoga, and other workouts designed to tone muscle and burn calories in different ways. One of the most popular options is the Pilates program. Pilates classes are held in a separate studio and revolve around core-strengthening exercises performed on mats, reformers, and bucking broncos.
The dynamic classes at Bella Barre Fitness combine elements of Pilates, yoga, and dance with body-toning poses performed on a ballet barre. During workouts, instructors guide exercisers through isolated movements that aim to tone and elongate muscles, rev the metabolism, and burn fat more efficiently than wearing a George Foreman grill. Instructors correct and refine students' postures throughout the class to help them master the barre fitness routine. Students of all ability levels are welcome, and no dance background is needed to participate.