Essential Dance Studio sees the pole not as a trinket from the latest core-building craze, but as an empowering tool for self-expression. In an intimate studio setting, instructor Charity Harvey blends traditional dance with pole art, yoga, and aerial-silk dancing. The studio’s dynamic space also includes a café that uses organic ingredients and displays work by local artists.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in kinesiology exercise science, ACE-certified trainer and Fit Fun Bootcamps founder Dustin Maher designed MamaTone Fitness to help moms vanquish weight gain after childbirth. Inspired by his own mother—who cooked his siblings and him healthful meals but rarely had enough time to exercise—Maher strives to imbue his clients with the motivation to do both. Whether training new moms, moms-to-be, dads who had moms, or curiously fast sons whose moms found them in the middle of a Kansas corn field climbing out of a spaceship, his group classes and boot camps immerse participants in a full-body workout with moral support from neighboring exercisers.
Originally a family farm before two families of ski enthusiasts purchased the land in 1961, Sunburst Ski Area now encompasses 13 sundry ski runs as well as terrain parks and steep tubing lanes for winter athletes of all skill levels. Skiers and boarders plummet down nine runs that range from rolling bunny hills to harrowing double-black-diamond steeps. Flashy alpinists can trick out at the terrain parks, which boast a series of rails, ramps, and tables for mid-grind picnic lunches. Additionally, patrons can carve through the fresh powder after dark, as a full spotlight system keeps the slopes open until 9 p.m. from Monday–Thursday and 10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. On the tubing hill, riders seated in inflatable tubes zoom, bob, and spin down 12 chutes measuring 900 feet long and spanning a 10-story descent. The tubes can reach speeds of more than 40 miles per hour, which is just fast enough to outpace the hungry snowmen that think each one is a gigantic donut.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe, noncompetitive environment for wee ones to exercise their brains and bodies. The membership features a month of weekly classes and other activities, including tumbling, dance, sports, and parent-child yodeling. Kids enjoy gymnastics programs that cater to differing ages, levels of muscle development, and hatred of vegetables. Each session's hands-on activities keep the indefatigable energy motors of little tykes revving, facilitate bonding, and boost listening skills, attention spans, and confidence. Additionally, youngsters ages 4 months to 3 years glean social and intellectual know-how from the professionally developed parent-child program, learning how to count to 10 and why it's not nice to throw pudding at the mailman.
More than 15 years ago, Wisconsin-based Kinni Creek Lodge and Outfitters Wisconsin introduced everyday people of all ages and walks of life to the unspoiled forests and sparkling blue waters of the Kinnickinnic River valley. What began as a nature outpost offering guests six rental canoes and three rooms, soon expanded into a spacious resort with a fleet of 100 kayaks.
Today, Kinni Creek is spread across 180 feet of private, scenic shoreline along the Kinnickinnic River. The resorts boasts 100 kayaks for rent, a fly shop and fly-fishing school, and vacation cottage and fly-fishing lodge. Everyone from corporate camping outings to students and youth groups to families of vacationers commune with nature as they kayak past the bluffs and prairies of the Kinni, fly-fish for trout, or relax in a rustic bed-and-breakfast chalet.
The rooms also exude their own sense of eco-friendly character. Its owners lluminate rooms with energy saving light bulbs, recycle and compost when possible, and use clothes lines for solar drying.
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At Exotic Fitness, clients learn the ropes of pole dancing to improve strength, flexibility, and overall fitness. The studio houses exercisers of all abilities who maneuver sensually around poles, picking up dancing techniques and building muscle. Exotic Fitness lets clients schedule classes every day of the week in order to fit workouts around 9 to 5 jobs or long stretches of watching paint dry.