Students should bring: everything is provided, just dress to sweat
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come in expecting to have a good experience and don't be afraid to ask questions.
Dave Gerry started the Princeton Club with three simple tenets in mind: great trainers, exceptional equipment, and easy access. To realize that dream, he assembled a team of American College of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainers to helm the cardio and strength-training centers 24 hours a day.
Whether working out solo, in a group class, or with a trainer to remind them that bench-pressing beehives is safer with a spotter, guests can drop their young ones off at the free childcare center. Splashes fill the natatorium as swimmers paddle across the six-lane lap pool, as the resistance-current pool's adjustable waves enable guests to walk in place. A dip in the whirlpool soothes stress, and the steam room's eucalyptus aromatherapy and sauna's rejuvenating heat send bodies back into the world refreshed. Above the club, tennis and soccer players soak in vistas of Madison as they duke it out on the rooftop garden's turf. The competition continues indoors on basketball, racquetball, and volleyball courts.
At Prairie Athletic Club, fitness is not dependent on the weather. No matter their sport, players can find a space to enjoy it while avoiding wind, rain, and snow. The club boasts an indoor soccer field, track-and-field space, racquetball courts, and basketball courts. Swimmers can dip into the family pool, the six-lane lap pool with deep water, or the 90-degree warm-water pool. And after a cardio workout, exercisers can build up muscle strength in the weight room or dip into the adult and family whirlpools and infrared saunas to relax tense muscles.
The caring staff at the YMCA of Rock River Valley fosters healthy habits with personalized fitness programs, family-centric recreation, and more than 50 group exercise classes at both Rockford-area locations. Equipment orientation helps new members feel at home by helping them set workout goals and meet other members with similar goals. After teaming with a certified coach to build a full-fledged fitness plan, guests may follow up with an electronic advisor that suggests changes to the plan based on input from the Y’s human fitness experts. Unlimited access to group classes such as yoga and pool-based aqua Pilates challenges muscles under water. Zumba’s Latin-inspired dance moves get heart rates delightfully elevated, and cardio madness continues the trend with weighted bars and free weights. The Y also sets aside time for families to connect over basketball, movie showing in the pool, or competing in an inflatable obstacle course
In addition to showering members with classes and coaching, the Y bathes them in discounts when they sign up for specialized classes such as triathlon training. Complimentary childcare allows parents to focus their mental energy on physical feats, and a handful of free guest passes lets members show their friends where they climb the climbing wall.
Each facility in the family of Rockford-Area Bowling Centers enlivens the classic game of bowling with its own signature amenities. On Friday evenings, the staff at Don Carter Lanes temporarily extinguishes its warm, vintagey glow and replaces it with a dimly lit club atmosphere as DJs from 97 ZOK descend upon the alley, pumping out beats that mingle in the air along with a light and fog show. For supplementary entertainment, the Don Carter location also offers a gaming center, and the Park Lanes alley recharges guests with beer and deep-fried fuel at its onsite pub. The Cherry Bowl location keeps serious bowlers properly outfitted with a pro shop, saving them the hassle of paper-mâchéing their own heads to form makeshift bowling balls.
Turn over a new leaf working out at YMCA in Oconomowoc.
Check out this gym's restaurant, where you can stay for lunch or grab your meal to go.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this gym has kid-friendly policy.
When you're getting a little disappointed with your workout results, enlist the help of a personal trainer to help troubleshoot your body's plateau.
These kickboxing classes will teach you how to properly use your upper and lower body during self-defense.
Dynamize your workout routines by adopting the high intensity of cross fit's proven formula.
If you're up for a round of paintball at YMCA, move quickly and quietly to avoid being targeted.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.