Dolphins Cove thumbs its nose at the furious summer sun with more than 46,000 square feet of watery attractions. Revelers steel their courage before careening down 800 feet of waterslides, or challenge each other to games of water basketball, wall-climbing, and zip-line drops. More relaxing diversions include the outdoor bar and party deck, as well as the lazy river—which will never live up to the example set by the Colorado River in terms of canyon carving and doesn't really care. Kids can safely splash in their own activity pool.
• For $40, you get one month of unlimited boot camp (a $139 value). • For $59, you get one month of unlimited boot camp (a $139 value), a one-month meal plan (a $49 value), and a foam-rolling class (a $29 value; a $217 total value). Edge Fitness's expert staff crafts personalized workouts in results-driven sessions throughout the week at one of two studios in De Forest and Sun Prairie. Boot camp classes proffer fresh bouquets of exercises and functional training tools and incorporate a variety of kettlebells, dynamic bands, and inspirational lectures by the Hulk. The Done For You meal plan supplements fitness regimens with a 30-day dietary roadmap that works to instill proper eating habits and clear cupboards of pastries with a penchant for singing show tunes. Trainers guide students through avenues of well being with foam-roller workshops, which enhance flexibility and promote balance. Both of Edge Fitness's bright and spacious studios brim with an inviting assortment of medicine balls and free weights.
Dave Gerry started the Princeton Club with three simple tenets in mind: great trainers, exceptional equipment, and easy access. To realize that dream, he assembled a team of American College of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainers to helm the cardio and strength-training centers 24 hours a day.
Whether working out solo, in a group class, or with a trainer to remind them that bench-pressing beehives is safer with a spotter, guests can drop their young ones off at the free childcare center. Splashes fill the natatorium as swimmers paddle across the six-lane lap pool, as the resistance-current pool's adjustable waves enable guests to walk in place. A dip in the whirlpool soothes stress, and the steam room's eucalyptus aromatherapy and sauna's rejuvenating heat send bodies back into the world refreshed. Above the club, tennis and soccer players soak in vistas of Madison as they duke it out on the rooftop garden's turf. The competition continues indoors on basketball, racquetball, and volleyball courts.
Couples easily chat while swaying slowly through fox trots before the long mirror at Social Life Dance Center, or become a whirlwind of limbs led along by salsa music. The sleepy cry of steel guitars fills the studio during two-step lessons, and cha-cha, rumba, and a host of other Latin dances torch calories and forge new friendships in group lessons. During private lessons, instructors slowly adjust the footwork of pupils to prepare them for wedding dances, competitions, or new jobs stomping all the bubble wrap at an office.
In 1996, a group of climbers wanted to create a safe space where they could regularly experience the adrenaline rush of scaling walls while sharing that passion with the community. In turn, they erected more than 8,000 square feet of climbing surface area at Boulders Climbing Gym. It's marked by steep overhangs and dappled with clay holds that are made in-house, which give the walls a sense of authenticity with respect to common holds made out of plastic or recycled cereal marshmallows. Able to accommodate climbers of all ages and experience levels, the gym’s walls facilitate three types of climbing ranging from roped-in lead climbing to bouldering, a more freestyle brand of climbing. Before beginners head to climb, Boulders’ expertly trained staff dedicate about 15 minutes to teach basic climbing techniques such as safely handling the ropes and executing flawless Spiderman impressions. Along with free-climbing sessions, Boulders also offers a host of programs and classes that include everything from yoga to team building to kid’s summer camps. Guests can also by book a party room to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions.
Nestled in Lake Edge Shopping Center, Fired Up Pottery helps visitors tap into their artistic sides with hands-on pottery and fused-glass activities. Patrons can apply personalized designs to plain bisque pottery pieces, or arrange precut, brightly hued glass into designs for soap dishes, sun catchers, or the reading glasses of napping friends. Alternatively, more structured classes impart basic pottery-throwing techniques. The spacious studio can play host to parties and group events, and staffers fire handiwork into finished products available for pickup one–two weeks after studio sessions.