With participating locations nationwide, Auto Care Special lets customers reach out to their local garages for a grab bag of free and discounted maintenance services. Cards may be redeemed for multiple vehicles over the course of one year for services such as oil changes, safety inspections, and engine-light diagnoses. Those who move or create alter-egos over the course of the year can scan the locations page for participating garages in their new cities of residence to receive a complimentary maintenance bundle.
Olympus 24 makes fitness accessible to everyone, regardless of experience or age. For one thing, the gym participates in the SilverSneakers fitness program, which keeps senior citizens moving with gym access and age-appropriate classes. Even better, participants in the program enjoy the same modern, clean ellipticals, stationary cycles, and weight-lifting equipment as other gymgoers. Members have a lot of options for sweating off calories here, including group fitness classes such as boxing, spinning, Pilates, and boot camp. They're also welcome to work with personal trainers and drop kids off at an on-site childcare center before workouts.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape for Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating 30 minutes of strength-training drills—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each student's abilities. Then comes 25 minutes of cardio: the trainers might start novice exercisers with a walk on the treadmill or light elliptical training, and challenge more advanced exercisers to high-intensity interval-training sessions for enhanced results.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To track ladies' progress toward reaching their goals, the trainers measure their weight and body-fat percentage every two weeks.
The yogis at Clear Light Yoga & Enrichment Center believe strong bodies work even better with a calm, curious mind at the helm. To that end, they teach a weekly array of classes designed to present a variety of athletic and mental challenges, whether helping students achieve internal calm in a gentle yoga session or work up a sweat with power yoga. When not bending bodies, they host other kinds of enrichment classes, ranging from grammar and writing lessons to training with modern technological devices such as iPads. Private life coaching is also available to provide emotional support and objective guidance on when you should work with a problem, let go of a problem, or sculpt your problem out of clay and fire it to a satisfying crisp.
At Minnesota Valley Martial Arts, exercisers expand minds and tighten bodies during eight cardio-kickboxing classes. Led by the studio's experienced trainers, each one-hour class welcomes students of all ages with intense aerobic exercise, targeted abdominal training, and reenactments of the street-fight scene from Mary Poppins. Students accelerate heart rates with quick jabs and commanding roundhouse kicks in classes of 10–30 pupils, gaining physical skill as well as metaphysical camaraderie. Lessons take place at 7 p.m. Monday–Thursday and 8 a.m. on Saturday, allowing students to space out sessions however they like. Students are advised to wear comfortable clothing as well as cross-trainer shoes for easier maneuverability and added protection during post-class games of Red Rover.
Lake Wissota Golf and Southern Hills Golf courses feature traditional well-kempt greens and challenging obstacles. Measuring more than 6,000 yards each from start to finish, these ball-battered battlegrounds envelop players in grandiose frondescence as they steer dimpled warriors past water hazards and sand traps filled with frowns. Each hole greets gurus and greenhorns with three sets of tee boxes from which to swing, marked by specific colors according to difficulty. Rather than slow roasting clubs before rounds, players can warm up naturally with a small bucket of balls on the full-sized driving ranges, or swing equipment-toting hatchbacks up to one of the full-service pro shops to procure hole-conquering provisions. Both locations recommend scheduling tee times in advance.
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