The trained and certified driving instructors at Racing Box instill their passion for motorsports in people through patient, thorough driving instruction. They teach visitors to properly control the muscle of international supercars such as the Ferrari F430 F1, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Aston Martin, as well as Formula 1 racecars, at four driving circuits across the country. Driver and instructor swap seats and friendship bracelets during each session, mixing observational learning with hands-on driving time on racetracks measuring up to 2.5 miles in length.
Just as the Louvre refuses to update the Mona Lisa, Signature Car Collection's fleet of luxury vehicles sticks to the proven European classics. The badges of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, and Bentley adorn the hoods of the stylish rides, all of which are available to rent for weddings or special occasions. Occasionally, the cars also roll out onto professional raceways to give amateur drivers a chance to experience the thrill of accelerating down the straightaway knowing that a family of turtles could need to cross at any moment.
The 483-horsepower V8 engine roars in front of you as you shift gears, and the speedometer climbs over 150 miles per hour. Gliding down the straightaway, you grip the wheel of a Ferrari F430. You don't need to buy your own exotic car to experience this adrenaline rush: American Racing Experience connects visitors with a similar emprise on four major raceways across the United States. At scheduled times at the Motorspeedway in Atlanta, Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania, Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia, and Adams Mortorsports Park in Los Angeles, they brief drivers on the handling and controls of sleek Ferraris and V10 engine-powered, six-speed Lamborghini Gallardos. After preparing visitors for the upcoming track with a lap in a pace car, instructors slip into the passenger seat—letting their guests take the wheel for a driving experience more extreme than some TV show set on an island.
With specialized equipment and 7,500 square feet of space, The One You Fitness Center invites fitness seekers to bulk up and trim down in its spacious facilities overseen by three-time powerlifting world champion Allen "AJ" Davis. Visitors of the gym may claim space in the locker rooms and explore treadmills, bikes, plate-loaded machines, and rowing equipment. Full-body circuit training preps exercises for upcoming cartwheel races, and speed bag or heavy bag training may allow punchers to manually rustle up a bag of popcorn. A certified personal trainer coaches families, seasoned athletes, and novice exercisers of all ages and educates athletes on the effects of good nutrition and its influence on health, performance, and thermodynamic vision.
Though calories flee despairingly from the long lines of weight racks and cardio equipment that stretch across FitQuest Fitness’s expansive gym, a friendly staff escorts first-time guests on tours of the 10,000-square-foot facility and expansive hardwood fitness rooms. Independent-minded patrons can huff and puff their way through solo workouts on Magnum Fitness circuit-training machines or show off their biceps to dashing mirrored counterparts during free-weight curls. Hearts pump in communal harmony during more than 10 group fitness classes that blend muscle confusion to prevent plateauing, interval training, and quick intensity changes into a fat-busting cocktail. Students sweat out their inner children in 45-minute Fitness Toy Box classes that obliterate torpidity by way of sandbags, medicine balls, and resistance jack-in-the-boxes, and 60-minute Zumba classes melt away calories with fiery Latin dance moves. After the high-intensity presses, curls, and squats of the Get Pumped class, a relaxing hour of yoga can foster a frame of mind conducive to composing mature breakup letters to lovehandles.
One gym can hardly contain Master Solomon Brenner's martial-arts expertise, which is why his school—Action Karate—has expanded to 13 different locations. Brenner believes that the martial arts are a lifelong pursuit, so he takes on students aged 3–93.
His classes for kids blend fitness with self-discipline, whereas his classes for adults focus on toning exercises and self-defense. Not all of his classes involve combat; some dedicate entire hours to pure strength training or cool-pose striking. He and his staff also host birthday parties for kids, which include fun martial-arts instruction, games, and a ceremonial slicing of birthday cake with a samurai sword.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.