Though Soloman Madron had just collapsed to the ground, he was happy—and, of course, exhausted. He had just finished his first ever CrossFit workout. Soloman was no stranger to exercise, having spent time in the Marine Corps, worked in corporate fitness. CrossFit, however, trumped everything else he had tried.
Since that first workout in 2009, Soloman has opened his own studio, West Metro CrossFit, which he runs alongside co-owner and lifelong fitness buff Nate Sappington. Together with a team of fitness trainers, they lead CrossFit classes with ever-changing workouts that combine elements of gymnastics, weightlifting, and cardiovascular training. Aside from CrossFit, the fitness instructors teach posture and mobility clinics, train exercisers in lifting, and work one-on-one during personal training sessions. Whatever the program, they make a point of getting to know their clients, and each month they select a new athlete of the month.
With a staff of trainers handpicked by owner Trevor Wittman, Grudge Training Center spurs all sorts of exercisers to get in shape through boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and mixed martial arts. The center's family-friendly 6,000-square-foot training area features several modern amenities and regulation facilities.
At Armbrust Pro Gym, owner Dylan aspires to the old-school gym philosophy of hard work and dedication that bred fitness luminaries such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charles Atlas, and Richard Gaspari. In doing so, he has conceived a professional gym built for anyone to use, equipped his spacious gym with a combination of tried-and-true weight equipment—such as bench presses and dumbbells—with modern aerobic machines. In addition, he stocks his shelves with protein powders and nutritional supplements.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $9.98 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $3.99 value).
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Selections from the 65,000+ board games on BoardGameGeek.com
Pro Tip: EverCon will cater to experienced gamers and new gamers alike, all ages.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Giant Games
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Equipment: Matrix S Series indoor cycling bikes, and a TRX suspension-training system
Students should bring: Water, tighter clothing, and comfortable athletic shoes
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot