Inside each Sky Zone location, a wall-to-wall half-pipe made entirely of trampolines gives children and adults a venue where they can safely hop, bounce, and somersault to their hearts' content. The vast, taut, springy flooring doesn't end at the walls, but instead the trampolines continue upward to form angles perfect for crawling up, springing off, or sliding down. Visitors can meander along the bounceable terrain in the open trampoline arena, throw themselves into giant foam pits, or sharpen their competitive edges in trampoline-assisted sports such as dodgeball. SkyRobics classes merge gravity-defying fun with fitness during instructor-led workouts that include calisthenics, core exercises, and strength-building aerobics to help guests shed calories without hurting their joints or taking a wrong turn on a treadmill.
Competitive angler Rob Jordan pilots year-round adventures on Lake Lanier, a 38,000-acre haven for trophy-winning largemouth and magnum spotted bass. He and groups of passengers embark on guided trips aboard the brand new 250-horsepower 2014 Nitro Z-8 boat equipped with Lowrance HDS sonar that spots schools of fish in the depths and top-of-the-line Shimano tackle to pluck them out. The captain explains the craft's technology and helps his charges reel in squirmy swimmers the old-fashioned way as well – stopping to measure, weigh, and photograph any of the frequently-caught trophy fish for a replica mount before returning them to the water. He also provides all rods and gear as well as a digital camera to document catches levitating from the pier.
Though indoor climbing tends to be clear of mountain-goat traffic, climbers at Adrenaline Climbing may come across a different kind of animal: the adrenaline junkie. Owners Trey and Brad provide a haven for these gentle thrill-seekers at their enormous facility, which boasts 12,500 square feet of climbing space. Along with their staff, the duo takes a hands-on approach to climbing instruction, helping them with the equipment and spotting they need to traverse Adrenaline’s walls.
To keep things fresh, the challenging routes and boulder problems—meticulously prepared by a route-management plan and rated according to the Yosemite Decimal System—are periodically recast. Adrenaline Climbing welcomes all climbers, dispensing lessons regardless of skill level, discipline, age, or spirit animal preference. The facility also hosts youth training, climbing classes, and even outdoor guiding trips.
Founded by celebrity wrestler and quadruple amputee Kyle Maynard, No Excuses CrossFit inspires clients to achieve their loftiest goals both in the gym and beyond. A coaching squad that includes elite athletes and firefighters leads each workout, helping students develop physical prowess, mental toughness, and realistic siren imitations. Designed for beginners, 50-minute CrossFit Basics classes challenge the entire body with cardio intervals and strength-training exercises designed to build speed and stamina. Calories melt and muscles ripple as students practice Olympic lifts and gymnastics-inspired pull-ups in a supportive, team-like environment, which includes personalized attention from the coaches, who emphasize proper form to prevent injuries. To foster a complete transformation, No Excuses' trainers also share fitness videos, nutrition pointers, and tips on building a human-size cocoon. Consult the class schedule for dates and times.
Informed by an ever-growing body of developmental research, classes at The Music Class introduce tots to tunes and concepts that boost creativity and listening skills. In Music Pups (a $72 value) courses, children under 4 years of age gleefully sing, dance, and bang away on rudimentary instruments such as the drums or theremin. Four and 5-year-olds learn concepts of tone and rhythm in the Music Cats course (a $77 value), which lets kids experiment with keyboards before defending their dissertations on the narrative redundancies of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." Each 45-minute course meets four times in one month-long segment, and includes CDs for parents to play at home to follow up on in-class tutelage. This Groupon may also be used toward The Music Class' ten-week music courses.
Offering an array of group fitness classes, state-of-the-art Hur equipment, and a variety of wellness services, Novo's fitness gurus help reshape bodies and encourage healthy lifestyles for women of all ability levels. Membership grants unlimited access to morning and evening classes in a selection of svelting styles, including yoga, mat Pilates, and calorie-burning Cardiolates. A typical session generally lasts for one hour and holds up to 15 sweat-breakers. Weight trainers can take a turn on Hur-brand exercise machines, trading traditional hefty stacks for pneumatic technology employing air resistance to reduce joint stress and transform leaden ligaments into toned muscle dirigibles.