Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneakers to treadmills or lift their first weights, staff meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting personalized fitness plans based on clients' strength, cardio condition, and bionic-limb manufacturers. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthful eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Staff also forestall exercise-routine boredom by working individually with clients on a routine basis.
Snuggly situated within one of Madison’s largest health clubs, the Capital Fitness yoga studio offers a serene reprieve from the intense muscle maintenance occurring outside the studio. Here, guests find workouts that test both body and mind, where certified instructors tweak postures according to tradition and the abilities of each practitioner. Beginners build a firm foundation for practice in classes such as gentle flow or alignment yoga, which focuses on correct positioning and ends with an optional head massage to calm the mind and erase all memories of Cats Don’t Dance. Advanced study leads stretchers to kundalini classes, which combine deeper poses with breath work and meditation, while vinyasa flow yoga turns up the heat and the pace in a heated studio that promotes deeper stretches and increased energy.
Classes often incorporate soothing extras such as calming music, aromatherapy, and moisturizing drops for third eyes. Come summer time, the building opens its roof top studio to allow students to stretch their stuff in the fresh air, surrounded by inspiring views of Madison’s scenic lakes and landmarks such as the Capitol building.
A new character is always showing up at Kidz Town. Depending on the day, the playful municipality might welcome a face painter, a magician, or maybe even a juggler who finally found a use for his invisible third hand. These special guests complement an ever-present collection of play equipment, toys, books, and crafts spread across the indoor play center's 3,000 square feet.
Here, kids can assume the identities of firefighters, teachers inside a red schoolhouse, or anything else their imaginations dream up while parents supervise their play. To encourage long days of fun, Kidz Town lets guests bring in lunch or purchase snacks and drinks onsite. Summer months also bring camps, which feature a variety of themes, such as dinosaurs, science, painting, and fitness
The personal trainers at Big Impact Fitness get a thrill out of watching their clients achieve their fitness goals. As such, they're dedicated to each individual they work with, designing programs catered specifically to that person's health and fitness needs. Along with personal training, Big Impact Fitness also offers Warrior Workout programs, where participants use everything from body weight to tires to chains for an intense, dynamic workout.
Jill Volckmann, the nationally certified instructor at Classic Farms Riding Academy personalizes each lesson to help beginners and advanced riders learn the ropes of English-style riding. With 30 years of experience behind her, including stints in Texas and Kentucky, she puts an emphasis on safety and fosters well-rounded riders by also focusing on grooming and horsemanship. In addition to teaching new students the equestrian ropes, Jill also introduces little ones to friendly horses during Tiny Tot lessons, schedules special private sessions that focus on grooming and horsemanship, and brings the fun of riding to birthday parties and special events. When not busy with human students, she and her team train and show American saddlebreds in competitive divisions that range from English pleasure to hunt seat riding.
Equipment: BOSU, kettle bells, Step 360, kickboxing, battlerope,med balls,weights
Students should bring: Nothing
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot