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.
When 9Round founder and IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson isn't dominating combat rings across North American and Europe, he is taking care of his two children. It was with his kids in mind that the seasoned black belt crafted his signature workout¬—a challenging professional fighter's training regime compacted into a hectic, schedule-friendly 30 minutes.
Today, certified trainers in 9Round gyms across the nation lead students in Shannon's workout, guiding classes through its nine rounds of aerobic, anaerobic, and resistance-training exercises. Instructors vary the rounds each day, supplementing body-weight exercises with jump ropes, punching bags, and free-weights. Coaches also encourage diets of fruits and lean meats and counsel students against common dieting pitfalls, such as skipping breakfast or storing smoothie surplus in unmarked laundry-detergent bottles.
Lance Farrell, a tae kwon do competitor for many years, understands the discipline necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But instead of using this knowledge to found an average gym, he developed a specific program that is designed to transform the bodies of its participants in 10 weeks. Each week his certified trainers, nutritionists, and coaches lead students through six 45-minute workouts, which are designed to target fat and increase lean muscle mass. The team is so confident in its clients' ability to change their lives that it offers a chance to win $1,000 for motivation.
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.
Helmed by Isthmus-lauded personal trainer Pat Gilles and featured on the NBC 15 News, Pat’s Gym helps athletes of all levels look and feel their best. Exercisers can gather for morning, evening, and weekend classes, in which a seasoned instructor shares muscle-sculpting moves and motivational air-guitar solos. Bolstered by sidekicks such as kettlebells and body-weight drills, Superhero workouts strengthen biceps and take vengeance upon calories. Total Body sessions pair boot-camp-style intervals with intense circuit training, cultivating mental toughness and thighs firmer than a mattress made of dictionaries. Customers can fend off injuries with sports-conditioning classes, which teach proper recovery techniques, and let go of embarrassing memories of forgetting the pets’ birthdays during yoga’s relaxing poses. In addition to running the gym and competing in Olympic-level sailing events, Pat Gilles creates how-to videos to help clients vary their workouts. The gym’s website also brims with other healthy-living tips, including nutrition pointers and step-by-step chewing instructions.