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 circle of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies, promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use each lady’s body weight and unique fitness level to create resistance that matches her abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions can 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.
The pit crew at Quik Karts USA straps kids and adults of all skill levels into miniature motorcars for high-speed laps around the track. A pack of four rides sates one driver's racing urges, and groups can share a pack of eight rides to settle scores on who gets to steer their getaway Ferrari. Kids ages 8–15 can thread through the tire-lined course in junior carts, which top out at 25 mph. Elder automobilists set pedals horizontal in the adult carts, which reach speeds of up to 40 mph, a feat once thought only possible by cheetahs riding on skateboards. Depleted ankle strength is replenished at the snack bar with drinks, candy, shaved ice, and popcorn, though these victuals are not included in the deal.
Spines chill as they cross the threshold from civilization into the nightmarish realm of 3K Haunted House, where untold fiends await to release their inner-demons onto unwelcome guests. Much like one would expect from George Lucas’s poltergeist, 3K Haunted House strikes fear in the hearts of interlopers with film-set-quality effects and designs, suspending guests’ disbelief as they tiptoe past groaning ghouls and hear a cascade of blood-curdling screams. In addition to its spooky domicile, 3K Haunted House also boasts a number of other harvest-season attractions, such as kid-friendly bounce houses, which early farmers used to create the world’s first-ever popcorn.
On Wake Central Cable Park's manmade lake, riders wakeboard, wakeskate, and water ski without a boat. That's because two overhead, straight-line cable systems pull visitors across the watery obstacle course. The varied terrain accommodates riders of all ability levels and lets them progress at their own pace—open waters help beginners refine the basics, and jumps and rails challenge more experienced riders. In addition to supervising the lake, Wake Central's team possesses a stock of gear for sale, such as boards, boots, and helmets.
As its name implies, bows and arrows are the focus of Archery Central. The pro shop outfits visitors for archery adventures with products including custom Death Harp bowstrings and earthy scents that help hunters blend in with the surrounding woods and its impeccably perfumed sasquatches. The center's 16-lane indoor shooting range hosts group classes, individual instruction sessions, and leagues, and its open-shoot sessions invite visitors to bring their own bows or rent out equipment from the pro shop's inventory.
As a law school graduate, self-taught photographer Jim Harmer understands how difficult it can be to take up a new hobby while juggling other responsibilities. That's why he founded Improve Photography, a website that offers 30-day online photography courses, allowing students to learn at their own pace and in the comforts of their own home. Along with fellow photographer Dustin Olsen, Harmer teaches students of all levels the skills to take great photos in 10-minute video lessons that can be viewed on smartphones, tablets, or the computer chip in your brain.
Their courses acquaint beginners with the basics, and also, for more advanced students, focus on more specific facets of the art including business of photography, portrait photography, and Photoshop. Though the classes are online, students bring their newly found skills to the real world through photo challenges, and receive constructive feedback on their photos from Harmer and Olsen.