Inside an Argentinean milonga, tango dancers beneath colorful lights sweep together and apart like a field of swaying flowers. The same moves popular in the Tango salons of Buenos Aires come to life on the foot-cushioning sprung floor of Spokane Tango. In the studio’s chandelier-lit dancehall, which is called Club Corazon, lilting strides carry students beneath curtains the deep red of a pinot noir or a gaucho who just dropped his lunch tray. During BYOB milonga parties, there is no pressure to show perfect technique; pupils focus instead on enjoyment and self-expression.
Racecourses are typically reserved for professional drivers, but since 1992, civilians have been roaring around ProAutoSports' racetracks in their personal, street-legal vehicles. The organization—which has more than 2,000 members in four states—teaches high performance driving skills to drivers of all levels, with a special emphasis on techniques for street-legal cars and exotic models.
Snap Fitness's easyFIT monitor is a small, clip-on accelerometer that helps keep track of daily exercise. Unlike pedometers that merely measure steps and spy on daydreams, the easyFIT monitor senses the intensity and duration of physical activity, transmogrifying those stats into simple, numerical points that help assess activity levels from sedentary to peak performance. In addition to tracking exercise in real time, easyFIT monitors can connect to the wearer's personal web portal to upload data and create fitness graphs that help show progress, snag exercise suggestions, and stave off the temptation of living next to a hamburger farm. Watch a video about the easyFit here.
The YMCA of the Inland Northwest hosts family-friendly pool parties, welcoming pint-size party-goers to explore a lazy river, splash in the wading-pool playground, and cavort in private party rooms. Fifteen minutes prior to party time, soiree hosts load the party room with refreshments and await revelers for one boisterous hour of cake, gifts, and instructions on avoiding lap-pool sharks. For the next 1.5 hours—the required time period for sanctioned games of Marco Polo—tykes recline in inner tubes for a float down the lazy river or submerge ankles in the wading-pool playground. Posses of tykes blitz enemies with various sprays and self-tipping water buckets, and 30-foot water slides beckon pint-size swimmers and hamsters bored with conventional cage tubes. The YMCA provides fully trained and certified staff members to supervise splashing, but encourages parents or guardians to attend at no additional charge.
Chrome is an acronym for Coming Here Regardless of My Excuses and the trainers at Chrome Personal Training Centre construct inviting and fulfilling fitness classes for every endurance level and body type. Daily high-intensity courses range from 30 to 75 minutes and are designed to increase endurance, define muscle, and excuse Funyun consumption. On Mondays and Wednesdays, Chrome turbo starts the week with Boot Camp, while Tuesday night yoga increases flexibility and spiritual harmony. Zumba dance aerobics shimmy students out of workout ruts and in to competitive conga-line championships.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.