When rock-climbing couple Christy and Scott Thrift got engaged, Christy was dangling off the side of Stone Mountain. The same adventurous spirit that elevated their engagement informs their married life, which they spend running their wilderness guiding service, Thrifty Adventures. While some of the duo’s trips require previous outdoor experience, most welcome all participants, and range from ice climbing adventures to rock climbing and backpacking trips. Along the way, Scott and Christy teach safety basics, climbing techniques, and strategies for preserving natural surroundings, such as refraining from nibbling on the mountain.
At Mid-South Boxing and Fitness Academy, trainers lead authentic boxing classes, jujitsu sessions, and workouts that combine martial arts and CrossFit training. The Fight-Fit program teaches self-defense techniques and striking form in the course of a workout that also draws on CrossFit exercises.
Bigtime Moonbounce's inflatable jumpers resemble racecars, birthday cakes, and castles, and give youngsters ample hopping room to release pent-up energy. Or they can try out a combo bouncer–modeled after castles, balloons, and basketball courts–to jump and then race down a safe and colorful slide. Obstacle courses offer more opportunities for competition as kids navigate their way through an inflatable train or hustle through a giant car. In addition, Bigtime Moonbounce enhances parties with croquet equipment, rope for a tug of war, and empty sacks for potato-sack races that don't require a raw potato-eating contest beforehand. After a long day of jumping and gaming, guests can reenergize with a snack from one of Bigtime Moonbounce's cotton candy, popcorn, or snow-cone machines, which are available for rent.
Bow hunting since 1970, Clyde Hartsell knew his passion lay in the sport and what the great outdoors had to offer. While working as an executive at McDonald's, Clyde entered tournament after tournament, honing his skills and surrounding himself with other bowmen at the Tomo-Chi-Chi archery club who shared his enthusiasm for the ancient hunting tools. During training and tournaments, however, Clyde quickly realized the sights and scopes available to him were not up to snuff, lacking the precision a professional archer requires.
After Clyde met his wife, Jean, the two teamed up to start their own archery business and immediately began crafting McKenzie 3-D shooting cards. Now the duo helps equip other bowmen through a retail shop that supplies sights, arrows, rests, bows, and working replicas of Apollo's chariot of fire. The two also welcome archers to their 18-lane indoor range to practice in a professional environment.
Range visitors browse a selection of more than 65 rental guns of assorted calibers. Aside from ensuring safety at the range, the staff conducts training sessions, including a ladies AWARE course that covers basic skills. The facility also houses a gun shop, where staff members help customers sort through thousands of firearms as well as fishing gear and live bait.
Range visitors browse a selection of more than 65 rental guns of assorted calibers, or bring their own pistols or rifles from home.
Paintball Kingdom's staff stand sentry over their sprawling 15-acre battlefield, separated into five autonomous theaters of battle that host thrilling and colorful combat. Players don protective masks, fasten stocked magazines, and infiltrate one of five playing fields. Ammo crates and chemical barrels act as makeshift cover in the indoor field, used by the military and local law enforcement for training exercises and team-building alternatives to full-contact charades. A 35-foot castle towers over burned-out cars and railroad-tie bunkers in the time-period-spanning town field, as warriors make their way through realistic play under the watchful eye of referees.
Endorsed by UFC fighter B.J. Penn, the Martial Arts Training Institute provides extensive, valuable training in martial arts and self-defense. A full trial membership for 30 days gives you access to any MATI class. In the beginner's class, kids will study the self-discipline, the respect, and the physical conditioning required to be a martial arts expert. They'll hone their physical and mental skills under the tutelage of several black-belt instructors, who collectively hold belts in tae kwon do, karate, and jujitsu, among others. Adults can also sharpen their self-security with classes that invigorate the cardiovascular system, while learning how to counter any weapon attacks.