Robert and Lucy Sondgeroth’s 7-acre maze, cut from corn-lookalike sorghum grass, draws thousands of visitors each fall. Inspired by the success of the maize-y autumn attraction, the Sondegraths decided to open with a spring version for the first time this year. Explorers of all ages can catch a body coming through the pint-size rye labyrinth, which stands 5 feet tall to allow little ones to keep a watchful eye on their parents' antics. After solving the maze and rehydrating with two bottled waters, agri-tourists can hop a ride on the cow train, hone their aim at the air cannon, or hit the oversize jumping pillow for an enthusiastic bounce.
Equipment: Free weights, battling ropes, power rings, heavy bags, bands/chains.
Students should bring: Training attire and mouthpiece recommended for Martial Arts classes.
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: For memberships only; drop-in classes available for one-day fee
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
By keeping things fun ... and straight to the point. Nothing is more motivating than results. I myself get bored quickly, so my training is designed to keep interest levels high, which keeps people working hard. But the key word here is 'routine'. That is why people give up, because routine is boring. Dr. Zatsiorsky states that the response of a biological object to a constant given stimulus decreases over time. Why don't people own 10 of the same shirt? Because it would get boring wearing the same thing daily, working out is no different.
Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
Well, there are two sides to my gym: the working out and the martial arts. Aside from that, during open gym hours clients can pretty much use the place for anything training related.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
Warm up, high intensity interval training, special exercises to target lagging muscle groups, cool down.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I use interval training to raise overall General Physical Preparedness (GPP), strengthen lagging muscle groups, and burn fat. No cardio machines, no Crossfit, just a scientific approach to strength and fitness.
With 24 rides and counting, Western Playland Amusement Park entertains kids of almost any age. Here's a sampling of the thrilling attractions.
Rides that reach for the sky Younger kids test their fear of heights as they ascend the Frog Hopper or pilot a plane on the Red Baron ride; their older siblings get a bird's-eye view of the park in the Sky Glider, then test their mettle on the Bandido Roller Coaster.
Satisfy the need for speed The gleaming Hurricane roller coaster takes riders taller than 50" on a twisting jaunt; younger kids get their free-falling feet wet on the slightly tamer Miner Coaster.
Classic rides For a bit of nostalgia, visitors take a turn on the merry-go-round, make their heads spin on the tilt-a-whirl, or battle it out in the bumper car arena, the one place where it's okay to high-five someone after you rear-end them.
Rides for toddlers The tiny set can cruise the park too?on pint-sized boats, cars, and ladybugs.
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