Expert horse wranglers lead riders of all levels through trail rides in the sprawling, dusty desert just outside Lubbock. Riders climb on top of horses appropriate for all levels, and absolute beginners can profit from a 10- to 15-minute orientation before their ride.
Confined to mountainless Lubbock until his wife completed med school, Jeremy Roberts decided to create his own crags. Today 7,200 square feet of his 10,000-square-foot gym, Defying Gravity, consists of surfaces for top-rope climbing and bouldering. After staffers walk them through techniques for safe climbing, students of all skill levels can scale green, pink, orange, and blue terrain. Shorter walls cater to beginners, while a towering rock wall challenges advanced climbers and intermediate Peter Pans. The personnel also provide military training, host climbing parties, and rent out gear such as harnesses, chalk bags, and climbing shoes.
Premier Sportsplex is a one-stop shop for your inner athlete. Guests can swing at a few balls at the batting cages or driving range, play basketball or racquetball, and re-enact their favorite Spider-Man moves on the climbing wall. More personalized attention is found during fitness classes and personal-training sessions. In addition to 5,000 square feet of free weights and a circuit training area, the gym also makes room for a women’s only space and a separate fitness program for kids.
If you were to pool the experience of Ready Set Go's staff of USA Gymnastics-certified coaches, you'd find yourself with more than 60 years of experience. These have been productively spent inspiring their students practice tumbling and gymnastics from a young age with enthusiasm and proper technique, which they do in a colorful gym.