Zip Line USA’s steel cables carve more than three miles of winding trails through Ozark Mountain treetops, all ripe for exploration by guests. Designed by the respected brains at Universal Zipline Technology, the ziplines soar higher than 350 feet in the air at some points—just high enough to make eye contact with low-flying spaceships—and are dissected into chunks as long as 3,250 feet. Between each section stands a sky bridge or platform, where guides securely hitch tourgoers to cables, which they inspect each morning. Patrons zoom through the open skies for up to two hours during the day or 90 minutes at night, when only the soft glow of lanterns beckons them to the next platform like a lightning-bug mother welcoming its family home at night.
Couples Justin and Whitney Jones and Dave and Stephanie Beebe banded together to create CrossFit Branson after each being inspired by the CrossFit system’s encouraging environment. In their expansive gym, certified trainers lead intense workouts that are based on functional movements and designed for participants of all experience levels to see dramatic increases in their fitness levels. During each session, they foster the same camaraderie and friendly competition that pulled the business’s founders toward the sport in the first place.
At FitPossibilities, Kimberly Mills, an NASM-certified personal trainer, and her team prefer full-body exercises to isolated ones. This becomes clear during classes such as boot camp, Pilates, and Power-Plyo Blast, an intense cardio workout that incorporates elements of both core and plyometric training. In an effort to appeal to as many exercisers as possible, Mills and company round out their fitness services with hip-hop dance lessons and sessions for kids, seniors, and Benjamin Button.
Equipped with likenesses of military-issue firearms, masked marksmen maneuver throughout a 16,000-square-foot warehouse, pelting each other with plastic BBs as they strafe down halls and overtake rooms. This is the home base of So Go Airsoft, where team members welcome combatants of all skill levels into 20- to 25-minute games that range from classics, such as Capture the Flag, to scenario matches, such as VIP Escort, Hostage Rescue, and Car-Key Find. The facility also organizes at least one scenario event each month, which is designed for beginners, but challenging enough for experienced players as well, plus a twice-monthly airsoft pistol and shotgun night. So Go Airsoft also engages large groups by opening its spacious arena to private parties.
EveryBody Pilates’s owner Heather Crosby had a hard time feeling like herself after a traumatic car wreck in 1995; that is, until she discovered Pilates. The core-strengthening workouts so enriched and restored her life that she became a certified instructor to share it with others. At her studio, she and her staff provide group lessons on mats and reformers, as well as private and partner classes. They’ve also added barre workouts, TRX suspension training, and Jazzercise to their repertoire.
With more than 1,800 gyms in 10 countries around the globe and 24/7 access, Anytime Fitness makes it as easy as possible for its members to get in shape. Multiple strength-training and cardio machines can build stamina, increase agility, and tone limbs to rival the crisp bicep lines of statues in a nearby park. The center’s virtual classes teach fitness disciplines such as yoga, cycling, and kickboxing. Group training brings those disciplines into 3-D. As far as amenities, private showers and HDTV are just two of the many additional touches that make Anytime Fitness a welcoming workout arena.