To prepare for his Army training, CrossFit Waukesha's Coach Ryan first sought out several personal trainers. When their regimens didn't have the desired effects, he decided to take his health—and subsequently, that of others—into his own hands. By running CrossFit Waukesha, Ryan is able to lift, run, and toss medicine balls alongside his students. He leads classes whose movements are scalable to all skill levels, utilizing tools such as pull-up bars, barbells, and gymnastic rings to craft ever-varied routines. His expertise as an ACSM-certified trainer complements his devotion to the CrossFit method—exercises that mimic real-life movements, performed at a high intensity for functional fitness.
Certified CrossFit instructor and NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist Josh Maney aims to help clients take on new challenges in their workout regiment. As a former player on University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's national champion football team, he motivates exercisers through the CrossFit Consumed?s Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics-infused workouts included with gym memberships to help them reach their fitness peaks. The major lifts?dead lift, squat, clean, presses, C&J, and snatch?work a variety of muscle groups. Clients keep muscles guessing with a mishmash of gymnastics basics, including dips, rope climbs, splits, handstands, and sit-ups. All CrossFit coaches work closely with clients in order to perfect their form and push them toward reaching their highest potential.
Josh Maney, owner and head trainer at The Underground, means business. Before founding his own fitness center, he studied health and human performance in college, played college football, worked at Equinox and Gold’s gyms, and became a certified personal trainer and performance-enhancement specialist. Today, he puts all this experience to use in The Underground’s indoor facilities, where his clients see classic free weights in place of treadmills, televisions, and mirrors. With a focus on functional movement, the staff leads clients in small-group classes, in which they build strength and condition their bodies by eschewing isolation and training muscle groups together.
Avid golfer Chris Verhoff spent many a winter counting down the days until the temperatures would rise and clear away the snow so he could hit the links. Impatient with the grueling winter months, Verhoff had an idea that grew into the Wisconsin Indoor Golf Center, a place that allows golfers to swing their clubs year-round, rain or shine. The 10,000-square-foot space features indoor driving ranges installed by Verhoff himself with his own two hands and one of his feet. Golf simulators transport people through 23 popular courses?including Doral and Pebble Beach?with high-tech software that factors in club speed, ball speed, ball spin, and wind speed to mimic a real game of golf.
iCOMBAT Madison takes laser tag to the next level with high-tech tactical equipment and sets that rival those of a Hollywood action movie. Beginning and advanced players can compete in high-octane solo outings or exciting team missions, such as Blackhawk Down, and earn ranks for completed missions. Navigating through the laser combat zone, players run, roll, and leap frog through the streets while completing multiple missions during a 90-minute period. The fully-immersive course is also equipped with a range of environmental lighting, realistic sounds, intense special effects, and props that create the feel of a live-action battle.
In "From France to Spain," the Wisconsin Philharmonic ends a season that paid tribute to the great French composers with a border-breaching grand finale that links the Gallic tradition to Spain and the U.S. Joined by award-winning young Spanish soloist Jose Franch-Ballester, the orchestra leads with Debussy's Clarinet Rhapsody, followed by Copland's Clarinet Concerto, whose quintessentially American character shows up in the score's jazzy passages, which Copland composed in a star-spangled tuxedo. A suite of Spanish-flavored pieces from Basque composer Maurice Ravel concludes the evening, beginning with the notoriously difficult Alborada del Gracioso and culminating in the satisfying rhythmic thrum of Bolero.