The night sky is a vast ocean of celestial objects such as the moon, the bright lights of our closest stars, and the warm glow of neighboring galaxies. Located at the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley, Barlow Planetarium helps uncover the vastness of the universe through a 3-D-capable Digistar projector, which—combined with 10,000 watts of digital sound and a 48-foot projection screen—transports guests into the deepest trenches of space. The facility's star shows include family programs that make astronomy easy to understand as well as feature shows that tickle the minds of more hardened astronomy buffs. Along with celestial exploration, the planetarium transforms with dancing lights and rich sounds during laser shows. These programs add visual touches to music from the likes of The Beatles or Isaac Newton's little-known punk band.
The planetarium also hosts academic programs for grade-school children. These include the Wisconsin Space Academy, in which students build and launch rockets, and the Wisconsin Astronomy Academy, which lets pupils peer through telescopes and discover vending machines floating through space.
Ryan Dart's passion for sports started when he was five years old and continued through his college rugby career and beyond. After trying his first CrossFit class, the positive experience had Ryan hooked. Now this dually-certified CrossFit and weightlifting coach shares his knowledge with clients at his own gym, CrossFit Appleton. Ryan adapts CrossFit's scalable approach—which is used to train military personnel—to people of all fitness levels, from cage fighters to the elderly. Both he and his fellow trainer, Marie McCarthy, often encourage their students to go on a Paleolithic nutritional plan to achieve maximum results. This no-nonsense approach to eating cuts out carbohydrates such as sweets, sodas, and delicious looking wax fruit.
As a member of the National Yoga Alliance and certified teacher of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, Lotus Yoga studio founder Yelena Storma shepherds students of all skill levels through a variety of limb-limbering classes. Traverse physical, spiritual, and algebraic planes with power yoga, which challenges benders to push their limits and metaphysical boulders, or take a leisurely yogic stroll with a basic class. Slow-flow yoga lets students practice and perfect singular poses, while family yoga invites the entire brood to find their gooey, chocolate center in the lotus position.
Premier Fitness of Appleton stocks its 6,000-square-foot muscle manufactory with modern cardio- and strength-building machines, surrounded by staff who aim to melt away fitness frustrations. The cheery citrus-hued facility offers buffening opportunities around the clock 365 days a year. A 15-inch TV perches atop each treadmill, cross-trainer, and other stamina-extending equipment. Melon farmers and globe salesman can relieve workday stresses by taking out aggression on a collection of medicine balls, and all can achieve a more sinewy shape with free and cable-assist weights and dumbbells from 2.5–95 pounds. Hop into Premier Fitness's tanning capsule at any time to turn biceps and elbowceps into a new tone. Private changing rooms and showers provide comfortable spaces for post-workout body-debriefing, while security cameras protect patrons at all hours elsewhere.