When owner Aaron Stevens says that climbing “builds strength, self-confidence, and trust,” he’s speaking from experience. For much of his life, Aaron suffered from acrophobia, otherwise known as a fear of heights. To deal with his fear, he took an unexpected strategy. He started climbing.
Today, when he walks around Climb Iowa’s 10,000 square feet of top-roping, bouldering, and lead-climbing stations, his proudest moments are when he sees guests “persevere on the climbing wall and achieve a level they never thought they could attain.” An avid outdoorsman, Aaron and his crew oversee simulated climbing terrains that include cracks, overhangs, laybacks, verticals, and slabs. In addition to open sessions, Climb Iowa’s team members lead classes tailored for both beginning and intermediate to advanced climbers. They also offer yoga classes to keep climbers lithe, along with youth summer camps and a recreational and competitive climbing team. Beyond the classes, an extensive stock of gear equips climbers for adventures inside and outside of the gym. Climb Iowa’s construction reflects its team’s love of the outdoors, sporting an eco-friendly design with plentiful natural lighting, geothermal heating and cooling, bicycle racks, and parking spaces for Flintstone cars.
For many, maintaining a healthy fitness regimen is an off-putting chore on par with cleaning the garage or assembling that backyard roller coaster for the kids. The folks behind Snap Fitness, who now boast locations all over the world, are of the opinion that this doesn't have to be the case. They believe 24-hour access to premium cardio and strength-training equipment, innovative easyFIT monitors to track personal progress, and perpetual guidance from certified professionals can help transform physical fitness into an accessible activity that yields measurable and tangible results. In addition to providing online workout rubrics and meal plans, they work to keep sweat glands up and running by offering work out rewards programs, making regular check-in calls, and measuring bodies—sans padded muscle suits—every 30 days.
RoundKick Gym’s head instructor, Pete Peterson, began his training 25 years ago with hand-to-hand combat in the US Marine Corps. Pete is certified in Muay Thai, Filipino martial arts, Body Shock fitness, and Kardio Kickboxing. He teaches self-defense skills to women, and karate to kids as young as 4.
Viva La Bamba's saves flailing tongue buds from edible ennui with its menu of authentic Mexican dishes, specials, and mixed drinks. A combination of tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and vegetarian eats make for steadfast meal mates ($6.25–$7.75), while inventive house specials tantalize palates, such as the Viva La Bamba, a fajita love fest that marries chorizo, shrimp, chicken, and rib-eye steak in delicious matrimony ($12.50). Those looking to sturdy their sea legs sans restrictive sailor suit can choose a pescatarian plate such as the camarones a la diabla, a serving of shrimp piqued with spicy red sauce ($9.50), or the sautéed salmón Viva La Bamba ($9.25).
Anytime Fitness is a busy, popular fitness chain that works to remove common obstacles to working out. At any one of the 21 locations this Groupon is valid for, clients have 24/7 access to the gym’s cardio and strength-training equipment, and some locations offer group fitness classes, such as Zumba and small group training. Certified personal trainers are available to help those looking to take their workouts to the next level, and members can finish their exercise routines with a stop off at the onsite tanning booth to add a summery glow to muscles.