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.
Along the shores of Iowa's Great Lakes?specifically near the intersection of Smiths Bay and East Okoboji Lake?Mau Marine is part of a tradition spanning more than 100 years of outfitting and sending boaters out onto the water. Specializing in boat sales, rentals, and storage, the staff works with regulars and visitors alike, seeing them off on pontoon, kayak, or speed-boat chases to rescue the nearest princess. They also stock boating gear and accessories for fishing excursions to catch walleye or nature trips to spot a white-tailed deer along the shoreline.
The history of golf in Spencer dates back more than a century, to a time when enthusiasts used buried tin cans for cups and grazing sheep as on-course spectators. Today's game would look remarkably different to Spencer's earliest players, as the Spencer Municipal Golf Course is now an 18-hole, par-72 facility with four tee options and no sheep to be found. From the back tees, golfers face a 6,809-yard layout fraught with 34 sand traps and a smattering of water hazards that can only be avoided with strategically-placed shots or by drinking all the water beforehand.
If it weren't for Sheena, stand-up paddleboarding??a sport that originated in Hawaii and developed a mass following on the California coast??may never have found its way to Iowa. Or at least it would have taken a lot longer. Yet thanks to the SUP Iowa paddler-in-chief, visitors to Oak Hill Marina on Lake Okoboji can now participate in the invigorating aquatic sport through lessons, camps, by-the-hour rentals, as well as fitness classes and corporate or team-building events.