Though dogs tend to lovingly follow their owners' lead, that's not where the name Me & My Shadow came from. The owners had a dog named Shadow, an american eskimo that began suffering from health problems, including blindness, at an early age. When Shadow became too skittish to take walks around the neighborhood, his owners decided to put a pool in the backyard. Shadow was delighted to swim in it, and for years afterward, it seemed he was happiest during the summer swimming season.
This inspired Me & My Shadow, an indoor pool and recreation center where dogs can exercise and learn to socialize throughout the year. By-appointment swimming sessions are kept private to ensure dogs and owners—who can take a dip, too—feel comfortable. Pet parents can also sign their dogs up for training sessions, which are led by Judy Hales, an experienced trainer who takes a gentle, positive approach to instruction, as opposed to just rolling her eyes at dogs that can't complete their given task.
At Benthic Scuba Center, a PADI Five-Star Development Center, a knowledgeable staff draws on more than 40 years of collective experience as they unlock the ocean's depths for seafaring visitors. Certified instructors lead all levels in dive courses such as Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, and Air Diver Specialty. In addition to instructing divers, the centre also houses a vast selection of diving gear from top brands including Sherwood Scuba, Poseidon, and Oceanic, and loans rental equipment ranging from wetsuits and hoods to gauges and rubber duckies. The staff can also repair and maintain equipment to ensure safe aqueous excursions.
Fitness, arts, and cultural programs broaden horizons at the Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex, which stands as a haven for continued learning and active lifestyles. The facility is well equipped to meet its expectations—there are 22 soccer pitches, two NHL-worthy ice surfaces, areas set aside for seniors, and landscaped nature trails outside the building. An indoor walking track wraps around the fitness centre, which the staff stocks with cardio and strength-training machines, as well as ROC-IT circuit-training machines and free weights. They've also set a group fitness area apart and cleared space for stretching.
The staff continues to get bodies moving with low-impact aqua fitness classes in the indoor aquatic area. A wave pool and lazy river beckon guests to relax or read messages from bottles thrown by someone very near them. The staff also hosts clubs, meetings, and gatherings for organizations such as the LaSalle Minor Hockey Association and events such as wedding receptions.
From Romulus Athletic Center's indoor track, runners and joggers can watch planes as they take off and land at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The simple pleasure of an expansive view is a reminder that exercise can be enjoyable, not merely strenuous. This commitment to fulfillment through physical activity can be found across the sprawling facilities: the five-pool aquatics area features a 240-foot lazy river and a two-story waterslide, and the two gymnasiums host games of basketball and volleyball. The 6,000-square-foot fitness area houses ample equipment for sculpting physiques, including a 30-foot climbing wall and more than 10,000 pounds of weight plates, which is more than enough to challenge the world's strongest man or the world's weakest King Kong.
At Sea the World Scuba Center, divers emerge with the tools needed to explore underwater alcoves ranging from shipwrecks to quarries to ocean reefs. The business's clientele matches the diversity of these diving locations, with athletes, retirees, and aspiring marine biologists all walking through its doors, brought there by their love for scuba diving.
To foster this passion, Sea the World Scuba Center employs a team of certified instructors who follow the PADI curriculum to turn novices into expert scuba divers. In addition to open-water certification, they teach more specialized courses on the skills needed to rescue dive or turn professional and start a career cleaning the fish tanks of wealthy giants.
At their shop, Sea the World Scuba Center's staff also sell the gear required to traverse underwater landscapes. Described by manager James Mott as "the most heavily stocked scuba center out there," the shop brims with items from brands such as Oceanic and Aqua Lung.
Try City Fitness welcomes exercisers to challenge themselves and meet their fitness goals with indoor and outdoor exercises. Programs offered include boot-camp fitness, yoga, and indoor cycling. Nutrition seminars and personal-training sessions are also available.