Best of 417 2013
Our annual rundown of your very favorite people, places, foods and things about living in 417-land.
DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.
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Best Way to Get Madonna Arms
TRX at Balance Fitness Studio
If you haven’t tried the TRX classes at Balance Fitness Studio (417-368-4421, becomebalance.com) but you love a super-intense full-body workout, you should give it a shot. The strength and conditioning classes were developed by Navy SEALS and feature suspension training that uses leveraged body weight and gravity to strengthen, tone and lengthen every muscle group in your body. It’s tough, but it’s totally worth it. And you know what else? Madonna takes TRX classes. Yup, that Madonna. The one with the crazy-good arms (and everything else). We know her secret, and you can do it yourself, right in 417-land.
Rickshaw Drivers, presumably
We haven’t actually examined the calves of the men and women who drive the bicycle rickshaws in downtown Springfield. Incomplete reporting? Guilty as charged. We weren’t sure we could work up the guts to ask each and every one of them to lift up their pant legs and give us a look-see. But think about it: They’re pedaling away all night long, all-the-while dragging a cart full of men and women. That cannot be easy. It’s gotta be a workout. Those calves must be rather enviable.
Best Way to Bring the Outside In
Commission a painting by Jane Troup
Jane Troup (417-634-0014, janetroup.com) creates fun and quirky paintings that can be spotted a mile away, and perhaps the most exciting are her works that include anything outdoors. The artist combines her vivid imagination with a bold color palette, doing a fabulous job at bringing nature to life on canvas. If you want to brighten up a room, Troup’s work is the perfect way to do it, and you can even have her include your favorite pet in the outdoor scene.