Xtreme Xperience was founded by a pair of car aficionados who understand the thrill of commanding a $253,000 piece of four-wheeled poetry in motion, like the Lamborghini LP560. They know that exaggerating the pronunciation of Porsche is only half as fun as horsewhipping its 530 horsepower from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.3 seconds. They realize that the Ferrari F430's supercharged Launch Control console button is too irresistible not to push coming out of every red light and into every dark, quiet, and hopefully vacant train tunnel. The smooth, spaceship-esque aluminum body shell of the Audi R8 makes them appreciate how discreet something like 782 rivets, 382 self-tapping screws, and more than 300 feet of welding can be. The people at Xtreme Xperience also regularly upgrade their supercar experience, providing a safe way to not only participate in automobile exhilaration, but to also supply curious drivers and riders with information about the luxury automotive and racing worlds.
The car speaks first, its engine growling. The driver responds with an accelerating heart and a tighter grip on the steering wheel. After trading words, the foot meets the gas pedal, and the two become one, a 2-ton chimera hurtling down the track. At Racing Adventures tracks across North America, man and machine sync up during high-speed experiences that resemble professional racing scenes. Each experience culls from a fleet of supersonic roadsters, including American classics like Corvettes and vintage Cobra replica racers. Professional driving coaches always ride along, ensuring a safe thrill ride by supervising drivers' technique and checking the passenger-side window for teenagers throwing eggs at the car.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, mugs, and mermaids?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
Orangetheory Fitness Group Personal Trainers combine their muscle and anatomy expertise with the technology of heart-rate-monitoring devices to produce results for clients. They guide studio-goers through 60-minute workouts that rotate between treadmills, rowing machines, suspension body-weight training bands, and free weights. They use the heart-rate monitors to ensure that clients stay in the ideal calorie-burning zone as they engage larger muscles through weightlifting, encouraging the body to consume as much energy as possible.
In Donna Francis' case, it's hard to tell whether life imitates art or if it's the other way around. She draws inspiration from the beauty in nature that surrounds her, painting realistic details that range from the delicate petals of a blossoming flower to the soulful eyes of a loyal basset hound. For more than three decades she's honed her craft, and she passes on her tried-and-true techniques to students during classes on oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting, as well as pastels and drawing.
Matt and Hannah, the owners of CrossFit Pick It Up, are passionate about helping their clients get into shape. At this no-nonsense gym, personal-training sessions and customized small group classes are offered, allowing each participant to build lean muscle and shed fat in a supportive and motivational environment. Each class led by a certified trainer is a mixture of cardio and resistance training, and everyone trains according to their personal, specifically designed fitness program.