The independently owned Community Bowling Centers accommodate bowlers of all ages and abilities, featuring bumper-equipped lanes and lightweight balls designed for the hands of pintsize players. At 10 smoke-free locations throughout the region, guests enjoy open hours in addition to league opportunities and special events. The onsite bar serves ice-cold cups of soda or beer, which guests may raise in toasts to friendship and man's ability to hydrate himself. On select evenings, the alley lights turn down and the ethereal illumination of Glow N Bowl takes over with laser-light shows and fog machines. As balls roll down phosphorescent lanes, a sound track of thumping beats and alien distress calls saturates the space.
Thunderbird Lanes gives families and friends a clean, well-lit modern bowling alley where they can bond over 7–10 splits, food, and arcade games. Leagues for men, women, kids, and seniors get bowlers of all skill levels out of the house to engage in some friendly competition, and cash-prize tournaments incorporate creative rules such as mulligans and bonus points for strikes. The facility's bartenders keep patrons well hydrated, pouring frothy brews and bubbly pop, and snacks such as pizzas help to build boulder-chucking strength. Thunderbird Lanes also offers custom party packages for company events and birthdays.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
The Life Time Turkey Day 5K jump-starts Thanksgiving celebrations with a healthy, full-body feast of exercise, with proceeds benefiting local food organizations. Starting on the world-famous Fremont Street, pavement stompers weave past the historic downtown vistas lining Las Vegas Boulevard, home to myriad celebrities, reality television shows, and retired slot machines. After coasting to a finish beneath the Fremont Street Experience, participants gather for a postrace party, where refreshments, music, and chances to win prizes from sponsors accompany huffs and puffs of accomplishment. Additionally, strollers are permitted during the race but must line up behind individual runners and must not be equipped with nitrous.
When two practiced athletes engage one another in the Brazilian art of capoeira, it’s a sight to behold. At first blush, the practice seems to be some sort of nonviolent martial art with aerial kicks and backflips, though with closer inspection, its underlying influences of acrobatics, dance, and rhythmic problem-solving become obvious, as the two capoeiraistas lock minds in a state of fluid improvisation, rather than competition. The history of the medium intertwines with hundreds of years of Brazilian culture, originating with slaves that were brought from Africa to harvest sugar and tobacco and blossoming into an outlet for cultural expression and political protest.
Baz Michaeli founded The Michigan Center for Capoeira in February of 2007 as a way to introduce the sport to his community and preserve its cultural traditions, garnering attention from press outlets such as the Farmington Observer and Jewish News. Baz is certified as a capoeira instructor as well as a ACSM personal trainer, and challenges newcomers of every ability level to improve their flexibility, endurance, and mental strategizing by participating in a class. The center assembles at the Franklin Athletic Club and Troy Dance Studio, and interested participants should take a look at the calendar for an idea of upcoming class times and locations.
The mission and approach of Core Sports Fitness represents the fusion of the professional experience and education of its two founders, former Red Wings star Kris Draper and Dr. Jeff Pierce. Their combination of practical and medical knowledge allowed the two to devise a system that would help athletes strengthen their core skills, bolster their overall fitness, and learn the techniques needed to take their performance to the next level in their chosen sport. Although the center offers programs specifically tailored to sports such as soccer, basketball, and hockey, the coaches also offer more generalized sessions that emphasize the universal importance of strength, conditioning, and injury prevention. These sessions include exercises that proactively address areas of structural weakness or instability before they sustain damage. Personal-training sessions address the importance of healthy living off the court or field by providing nutritional guidance as well as general lifestyle recommendations and advice on choosing a sportier middle name. Though many of the training facility's approaches are geared toward increasing athletic performance within very specialized settings, the training techniques covered are also accessible for non-athletes hoping to lose weight or build muscle in a safe and supportive environment.