Things To Do In Taylorville

All-Day Paintballing with Gear Rental for One, Two, Four, or Six at Bing Field Paintball & Airsoft Park (50% Off)

Bing Field Paintball & Airsoft Park

Bing Field Paintball and Airsoft Park

Goggles protect participants for up to seven hours of play on three wooded fields and four speedball fields spread out across 35 acres

$30 $15

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Eight Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Shudo Kan Karate Club (50% Off)

Shudo Kan Karate Club

Springfield

Two months of unlimited karate, fitness, and self-defense with a karate gi

$237 $119

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$71 for $129 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Gracie Humaita St. Louis

Gracie Humaita St. Louis

Weldon Spring

From the merchant: One month of classic Gracie jiu-jitsu and self-defense lessons; valid for ages 5 to adult

$129 $71

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One, Three, or Six 60-Minute Personal-Training Sessions at GraceFitness (Up to 67% Off)

GraceFitness

Ellisville

Trainer with more than 16 years of experience helps clients meet their fitness goals, whether that's to lose weight or build muscle mass

$50 $20

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Dance Classes at Prima Dance & Tumbling (65% Off)

Prima Dance & Tumbling

Edwardsville

From the merchant: Receive four weeks of a dance or tumbling class of your choice

$55 $19

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Two-Week CrossFit Prep Course or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Riverbend CrossFit (Up to 69% Off)

Riverbend CrossFit

Edwardsville

Instructors create revolving daily workouts that enhance strength, power, and agility while using everything from barbells to push sleds

$120 $39

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16-, 21-, or 30-Day Boot Camp at Fast Fitness Boot Camp (Up to 69% Off)

Fast Fitness Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

Boot camps teach cardio and strength-training workouts

$97 $35

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In its years as an NCAA Division II school, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville claimed 17 titles among its men's and women's athletic teams, excelling in such sports as tennis, softball, and wrestling. Under the guidance of coach Kent DeMars, the men's tennis team claimed the national title a record-breaking seven years in a row, from 1978–84, and during the '80s, the school won three straight national titles in wrestling and four in women's tennis, prompting President Reagan to demand that the school tear down its trophy wall.

The Cougars have since made the transition to a Division I program and are members of the Ohio Valley Conference, perhaps signaling a new era of dominance in the national spotlight with 16 men's and women's sports teams. At the recently expanded Vadalabene Center, more than 4,000 fans can cheer on basketball and volleyball teams and the wrestling squad—all potential future inductees into the university's hall of fame. On campus (approximately 25 miles from St. Louis), athletes practice on 2,600 acres of majestic woodland, perched atop bluffs overlooking the calm of the Mississippi River. Sports players included, SIUE currently enrolls 14,000 students and extends its family to more than 86,000 living alumni.

35 Circle Drive
Edwardsville,
IL
US

Since Paragliding Unlimited launched its first client in 2003, owner Jiri Sindler and his team have maintained a sterling safety record for their motorized version of airborne sailing. The crew teaches power paragliding, in which a motorized fan and a tank of recycled political bluster give lift to the featherweight craft. Once it has ascended more than 10 feet, its large wing catches the wind and buoys you into the sky. Drivers sit upright in "trikes," their legs extended in front of them as they work the two brakes and the throttle.

The school both belongs to and is recommended by the U.S. Powered Paragliding Association. Instructors will jump tandem with beginning students and immerse experienced pilots in six-day intensives, keeping fliers of all levels safe by capping classes at four students (they prefer a ratio of 1:1 or 2:1). At the accompanying shop, gliders browse clothing, new Nirvana equipment, and used gear. Flights lift off from Gateway Airpark in Pierron, Illinois, which the team selected for the staff's friendliness to paragliders and their ability to twist their bodies into the shapes of passing clouds for realistic trainings on the ground.

110 Main Street
Highland,
IL
US

Longtime martial artist Val has shown her skills in national competitions, but in her kickboxing classes, the opponents aren't other fighters but rather calories and poor cardiovascular shape. At Body Fit Kickboxing, the full-body effects of the high-intensity workouts reveal themselves quickly, shaping the arms, core, butt, and legs. Mixed with interval training and plyometrics, fast-paced punches and kicks quickly boost the metabolism and boost aerobic fitness.

1063 State 157
Edwardsville,
IL
US

Rush Studio of Dance's seasoned cadre of dance instructors lead sessions in hip-hop, jazz, ballet, tap, and breakdance. While each style varies drastically, one-hour classes generally focus on artistry, rhythm, and techniques popularized by venerable dance legends such as Bob Fosse, Martha Graham, and Fred "Twinkle Toes" Flintstone.

5146 Chain Of Rocks Rd
Edwardsville,
IL
US

Buried in the woods, 15 single- and two-story log cabins line a path leading to a secluded frontier fortress. Masked combatants armed with Tippmann 98 paintball guns ponder the path's obstacles before slinking forward to meet their opponents. Along Bing Field Paintball & Airsoft Park's three wooded fields strewn across 35 acres, players sneak into sniping positions in the Frontier Field's two-story log cabins, the Vietnam Field's two-story guard tower, or our the newly designed World War II field that features several new two and three story buildings. Four speedball fields??air ball, barrel, concrete, and spool??accommodate paintball players on the other side of the wooded park. Paintball and airsoft packages grant visitors up to seven hours of play, which they can break up with refueling sessions spent scarfing down refreshments while gossiping about opponents' love lives at an onsite concessions stand.

3231 Edwardsville Road
Edwardsville,
IL
US

Upon departing from the landing craft, one player ducks behind an upturned boat and takes aim at opposing paintballers as they fend off attacks from the upper level of a concrete bunker. This scene may conjure echoes of historic battles, particularly D-Day, as Wildcat Paintball has modeled one of its outdoor fields on the historic battle of Normandy. Elsewhere, players can snake through the thick, jungle-like brush of the Vietnam field, dive into the castle field's manmade trenches, or sneak into the Old West town of Wildwood. A tournament field littered with barrels and wooden barriers or three speedball fields replete with tractor tires and frequently mowed lawns accommodate marksmen who prefer more traditional paintball settings.

390 3rd Street
Staunton,
IL
US