Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Signature service: Stand-up paddleboarding
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Bru-Surf, Jimmy Styks
Pro Tip: Wear sunscreen and bring water to stay hydrated.
In addition to the sense of perseverance and accomplishment that comes with finishing a 5K, the organizers of the Bacon Chase have added another incentive: bacon. During their two races?the 5K Piggy Pilgrimage, which is a traditional 5K, and the 0.05K Blitz to Bacon, which is a 164-foot sprint?runners can munch on unlimited bacon bits before feasting on unlimited amounts of bacon at the finish line. Runners 21 and older can wash down the savory strips of bacon with a bloody mary, and all runners get a Bacon Chase T-shirt and a signature bacon-scented bib. The festival opens at 8 a.m. and features many bacon-themed activities, plus music.
The festive day serves a greater purpose, too. Attendees will be able to register to become a St. Jude Hero, raise money for St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital, or both.
Golden State Wake's two coaches bring a combined 17 years' experience of teaching the art of aquatic antics on the crisp waters of Southern California. Before strapping a board onto slipstream students, Golden State Wake's instructors will orate on the basic physics of wakes, the history of wakeboarding, and important safety considerations, including why you shouldn't wakeboard with a knife in your mouth. Afterwards, you'll arrive at Lake Elsinore for a ride behind the new MB F21 Tomcat motorboat. Drills will begin at low speeds to develop proper muscle memory, and students' preferences will dictate which tricks to learn.
Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race sends runners into an obstacle-filled odyssey of muddy endurance. The 5-kilometer course features more than epic 25 obstacles, with participants scaling towers of stacked shipping containers, crawling through underground tunnels, and leaping over fire. After the race, live music and cold beer invite triumphant runners to unwind. Those with excess energy can head over to even more kinetic activities such as mechanical bull riding, beach volleyball, and adult-sized bounce houses.
Tires squeal and engines roar as autos tear around the 14 sloping curves and wicked hairpins of Adams Motorsports Park?s 3/4-mile paved race circuit. Since opening in 1959, the track has acquired an impressive history, with its veterans entering the likes of the Indy 500 and American Le Mans. Although its vintage layout remains, it has grown and undergone renovations and now boasts a massive 700-foot straightaway, where vehicles prove they can hit top speeds without hitching up to a cheetah. The park hosts wheeled contraptions of all types, such as karts with Honda 9-horsepower, 4-stroke engines that reach up to 50 mph. SuperMoto racers leave the pavement to tackle the dirt section?s jumps and treacherous Little Monza turn, which has taunted notable riders such as Jeff Ward.
Adams Motorsports Park also hosts events that bring DJ beats to crowds as they chow down and cheer racers. Time Attack Tuesdays places drivers against the clock, and on Thursdays, aspiring and professional Formula Drift drivers slide around the track. Additionally, the park?s academy teaches novices hoping to follow in the tracks of karters such as Patrick Long and Phil Giebler, both of whom once burned rubber at Adams.