Aquatic Adventures of Michigan is the joint venture of independent dive instructors Kim D. Parker and Tom Rhoad, who, after years of working with other dive shops, yearned for a place where they could stretch their fins, teach scuba their own way, and bellow sea shanties as loudly as they liked. Today, their PADI Five Star IDC facility is fast approaching its 10-year anniversary, and has grown beyond basic PADI training programs to incorporate everything from underwater digital photography to lessons in deep diving, wreck diving, and night diving. The shop's instructors are fully certified in first aid and emergency oxygen use, and provide factory-authorized service to big-name companies such as Poseidon, Genesis Scuba, and Dive Rite.
On top of offering certified instruction in everything from open-water diving to sea-serpent domestication, the crew supplies fellow divers with quality scuba, snorkeling, and swimming equipment. They also plan exotic expeditions to the Caribbean and tropical Pacific for warm-water dives, and divers looking to stick closer to home can inquire about day trips or weekend getaways to locales such as the Great Lakes or Whitefish Point.
One empty school bus, twenty-seven abandoned cars, and a desolate two-story house are the only refuges for combatants roving an expansive urban field. Fourteen additional playfields set the stage for games, surrounding players in open fields and dense forests. It's at Futureball Paintball's 115-acre facility that friendly paintball and Airsoft battles unfold each day and have unfolded for more than 20 years. While vehicle carcasses characterize the urban landscapes, two airfields exhibit red inflatables that mimic the ruins of ancient bounce castles. Between games, a 5-acre picnic area serves as neutral ground to strategize and nibble snacks.
To ensure fair play, Futureball Paintball's staff leads brief orientations and monitors all action. They can also repair and upgrade guns.
Zap Zone's seven locations in Michigan and two locations in Canada each feature a unique combination of attractions—anything from bumper cars to the Jump Zone's cushioned obstacle course. In the laser-tag arena, both kids and adults demonstrate their teamwork skills by outscoring opponents in fast-paced games that take place inside black-lit mazes of neon-tinged hallways. Arcades also round out every location's attractions, tempting passersby to drop a few tokens on racing games and skee-ball, or a lot of tokens on the claw game filled with Fabergé eggs.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
Lady of Livingston's seasoned trainers guide groups of women toward toned physiques with a flexible schedule of beginner, intermediate, and advanced fitness classes. Infusing melodic Latin moves into every session, Zumba challenges participants to swivel their hips and rock out on air maracas to the beat of sultry dance tracks. Meanwhile, Basic Step classes integrate a variety of choreographed aerobic exercises, and high-energy sessions of Sweat-N-Chisel utilize alternating intervals of strength and cardio training to evict invasive fat cells from their protoplasmic digs. Focusing on both mind and body, yoga and mat Pilates encourage participants to submerge themselves in spiritual tranquility as cadenced movements aim to build core strength, increase flexibility, and reconnect shadows to their estranged owners. Spinning classes require an additional $5 fee.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides nonstop security. Take advantage of a one-month membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. A personal-training session introduces gym-goers to each machine, including the outwardly surly but secretly softhearted stationary bikes. Included nutrition guidance and a personal workout plan help keep future physiques in focus. Highlight the results of fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying sessions with one month of unlimited tanning to paint newly ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.
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