Garnering accolades from numerous athletic associations and websites, Life Time Fitness’s area locations offer various multi-use sports arenas, fitness centers, family recreation areas, and spas for gym-goers of all sorts. Basketball courts, volleyball nets, and racquetball matrices provide tangible barriers to determine out-of-bounds abuses, while audible battle cries on the indoor climbing wall and poolside water slide release workday tension. Calorie burning and muscle building options abound with Life Time Fitness’s impressive array of cardio machines, free weights, and resistance training equipment. Night owls and sleep-swimmers alike will appreciate Life Time Fitness’s 24/7 open door policy. Complimentary lockers and towels sweeten the experience with storage space for your keys and a new patch for your perspiration quilt. Post-work out, relax in the sauna or get pampered at the LifeSpa & Salon.
Dipson Theatres celebrates a reputation as a regional movie institution with a network of 12 locations lighting 57 silver screens across Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania. Though the company now spreads across the northeast United States, it began in the small city of Batavia, NY, in 1939—a time when movies were called “picture shows,” Roosevelt was in the White House, and everybody could only see in black and white. Today that tradition underlies the cinematic experience as patrons chomp popcorn and sip sodas, marveling at modern 3-D visual adventures, summer action movies, family-friendly features, or even indie art flicks and footage from world-renowned opera performances.
The Sports Club of Novi houses a phalanx of certified Pilates instructors and fitness aficionados that direct fitness seekers toward firmer muscles and general well-being in energizing exercise programs and classes. The wellness center encases a 130,000-square-foot natural fitness habitat, where go-getters are free to graze, fly solo, or form predatory collectives. Family Program Membership moguls get yearlong benefits, enabling them to frolic in the indoor pool during family swimming hours or practice backhands on the reserved tennis courts (for an additional $18 fee). Once thoroughly exhausted, members can unwind at the café, sipping coffee, perusing newspapers, and eating as much free WiFi as they want.
As the sun sets over Lake St. Clair, the Splash Summer Series Summer Kickoff raucously welcomes in the season. Revelers head to the Tinfish Jefferson Beach Marina to take in a dazzling light and sound show on the tiki bar deck, or marvel as flying cirque performers manipulate flames in defiance of gravity and the laws of thermodynamics. DJs including Matt Aubrey & Holevar, Shawn Michaels and DJ Marky G set the soundtrack to the night, and a late-night food menu keeps partiers fueled until 4 a.m.
After buying their first canoe in 1942, Chester and Stella Heavner were hooked. So were their friends. After constantly loaning out their red-canvas Old Town canoe, the pair invested in two more and started charging a nominal rental fee. In 1953, they made it official with a patch of riverfront property, eight canoes, and a trailer.
Today, Heavner Canoe & Kayak Rental is run by Chester and Stella’s eldest son, Alan. He and his staff manage an inventory of more than 200 canoes and kayaks, which they rent at three locations along the Huron River.
Rasa Yoga is an Anusara yoga studio, stretching limbs until their alignment unfurls bodies into a stress-relieving state of unity and relaxation. Derived from the school of Hatha yoga, Anusara yoga unifies a philosophy of intrinsic goodness with universal principles of alignment, like a campfire sing-along with Jupiter's moons. A one-month membership grants students unlimited access inside the bright, calming studio, allowing members to choose from an all-day schedule of classes, from basics to prenatal yoga, which connects a mother and child without leaving the mark of a secondary bellybutton.
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