Laura Nagel is a nationally certified massage therapist who uses her repertoire of diverse modalities, ranging from relaxation strokes to deep-tissue and trigger-point techniques, to ease a variety of pains, from tight muscles to stressed minds. Laura also specializes in tui na, a form of Chinese medical massage that stimulates acupressure points by way of kneading, rolling, and percussive strokes.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Resting on the northern shore of Swan Lake, the 18 holes of Portage Country Club present players with challenging obstacles formed by the dense forest groves and, on one hole, the lake's own watery expanse. This hole, the third, runs alongside the lake's lapping shores for the entirety of its length, presenting the course's most difficult test and first chance to spot a Swamp Thing in the round. It isn't exactly smooth sailing from there on out, either. Wide fairways may tempt big hitters into swinging for the fences, but varied hole designs and those ever-present tree branches often create headaches for unchecked displays of driver might.
Badger Ridge Farm's head trainer sees to it that the only limit riders have for their horseback-riding career is themselves. She gives lessons in the riding disciplines of hunter and equitation, establishing for students a strong base of skills that will take them as far as they wish—whether that be casual, yet polished riding or national shows at the American Quarter Horse Association level. Her instruction seeks to impart deep understanding of horses both in and out of the saddle, an approach that yields well-rounded riders as opposed to mere passengers.
Snap Fitness's easyFIT monitor is a small, clip-on accelerometer that helps keep track of daily exercise. Unlike pedometers that merely measure steps and spy on daydreams, the easyFIT monitor senses the intensity and duration of physical activity, transmogrifying those stats into simple, numerical points that help assess activity levels from sedentary to peak performance. In addition to tracking exercise in real time, easyFIT monitors can connect to the wearer's personal web portal to upload data and create fitness graphs that help show progress, snag exercise suggestions, and stave off the temptation of living next to a hamburger farm. Watch a video about the easyFit here.
Built in 1925 as a nine-hole course from soil harvested at a local farm and placed by horse-drawn carts, Lake Wisconsin Country Club has since grown into an 18-hole course that runs alongside Lake Wisconsin. At a distance of 5,881 yards from the farthest tees, the picturesque par 70 eschews overwhelming length in favor of a hazard-intensive round, as players must reckon with dense tree lines, water that comes in play on five holes, and territorial blades of grass throughout the layout. Rounds begin with the course’s most difficult hole, a 415-yard par 4 that demands a straight drive to keep balls out of a small forest on the left and a pond located on the right. A stint at the club’s driving range grants clubbers a chance to prepare for the round and guide 9-irons through warm-up calisthenics.
Kissing the shores of Lake Wisconsin, the club offers complimentary dock slips for guests approaching by boat or in need of a place to station their pet porpoise. The club’s dining room is open to the public for Friday-night fish fries, during which patrons can take in cocktails, surf 'n' turf entrees, and evening views of the lake.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 60 course * Length of 5,881 yards from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 117 from the farthest tees * Three tee options