Lance Farrell drew from his extensive background in tae kwon do to take down opponents in the ring for many years before he realized he could use his powers to help others combat obesity and health issues. He developed Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping to provide patrons of all fitness levels with a comfortable place in which to undergo a mental and physical transformation, much like a crushed-velvet cocoon. He stripped away the sparring and contact drills from his fighter training, leaving just the components that burn fat and build muscle.
When students sign up for a program, they're grouped into teams of peers who encourage one another through moments of weakness and provide a sense of accountability. The instructors and coaches guide these teams toward fitness on a 10-week quest based on four pillars—cardiovascular exercise to burn fat, strength training to build muscle, nutrition coaching to map out a healthy diet, and enthusiastic trainers to provide motivation. At the end of each session, each of Farrell's locations rewards a student with a $1,000 prize—or a year’s worth of high-fives—congratulating them on their dramatic physical transformation. Students who stick around and strive to get healthy over the course of a year get a shot at the $10,000 prize, though winners have reported that leading a healthier life is a greater reward than the money.
"Equip. Prepare. Practice." That's the motto at Centennial Gun Club, where instructors lead courses that range from beginner firearms training to advanced tactical skills. Beyond demonstrating how to use handguns and rifles, they teach open-hand combat courses and women's-only classes in self defense. An onsite gun range accommodates live-fire training as well as the occasional special event, such as bowling-pin shoots.
The brand-new battle zone at Dart Warz supplies the challenges and exhilaration of paintball without leaving players looking like they lost a fight with Sherwin-Williams. In lieu of balls, pellets, or lasers, Dart Warz relies on soft, safe foam darts as ammo. On a large field full of bunkers, teams of 20 to 80 players can hone their attack tactics in regularly lit games, or illuminate themselves in glow-play missions. Dart Warz also features special hours for adult players to wage imaginary wars without worrying about trampling wee recruits.
Rather than resort to gasoline, steam, or sled dogs on summer vacation, Speed Raceway channels the power of electricity to fuel its go-karts. These neon-green vehicles don't sacrifice velocity for eco-friendliness—they hit speeds of up to 43 mph on the track and have even greater torque than their gas-dependent counterparts. They're not the stars at the F-1 style racing arena, though. That honor belongs to the drivers, who strive to lap each other during exhilarating races.
Almost anyone can zoom down the track in pursuit of first place. Adults enroll in 12- to 14-lap races, whereas juniors (guests 13 and younger) complete 9 laps in specialized go-karts. The raceway also hosts events such as birthday parties and corporate team-building sessions. Scores are posted after each race and online, encouraging drivers to practice and improve their times.
The phosphorescent, indoor landscape at Monster Mini Golf immerses putters in an eerie universe that inverts the sun-soaked cheer of conventional courses. Rimmed in glowing green barriers, 18 holes lure mini-golfers of all sizes to challenge their coordination and resolve in the face of either winged monsters or scowling animated trees, a creepy clown, and their opponents' shockingly dazzling smiles. Sheltered from searing rain and howling wind, the indoor course may enable play around a haunted wishing well or a luminous, ghostly windmill at any time of the year. An in-house radio station and DJ mask the sound of pounding hearts with lively beats and rapping course commentary, and golfers looking for additional glory can win prizes by participating in regular contests or by playing at the on-site arcade (arcade games not covered by this Groupon).
Beginning in Columbus and now painting the town red in various cities throughout the county, Colors & Bottles scratches the creative itch of the public with its themed art classes that leave no blank canvas unvarnished. The mobile painting service, which The Ellen DeGeneres Show tagged as a "hip, new, and fresh" activity, stages its events at local bars, wineries, restaurants, and art galleries, helping boost neighborhood economies while creating a hard-to-follow trail for begrudging pottery wheels. During three-hour classes, an artist plucked from the local art community leads students through the creation of a themed painting, such as a city skyline or something more abstract. For an extra splash of inspiration, some venues allow students to bring their own drinks, while others have refreshments available to purchase.