Good putters follow a routine. For Rick Timm, it starts with a series of smooth practice strokes that adopt the rhythm of a clock pendulum. Then, he toes up into his stance, stares down the shot, and, seconds later, the ball trails into the hole.
As a PGA Teaching Professional, Rick feels that the discipline, focus, habit-building, and patience needed on the links make golf an ideal way to enrich adults and youngsters and put lazy pets to work as caddies. His slate of fun-focused instructional programs includes Girls Golf of Centennial, which provides both instruction and a support system for girls aged 7–17 as they launch into the sport. Lessons play out at the South Suburban Family Sports Center across a heated, covered driving range, grass tees, upgraded mats, and sand practice bunkers.
Celebrity Lanes takes up 50,000 square feet of real estate with 32 lanes, where players fight against pins under the glow of 16 65-inch high-definition televisions. The alley glimmers even more on Fridays and Saturdays, when glow-in-the-dark bowling morphs the entire alley into a refulgent spectacle. Meanwhile, inside Altitude Sports Grill and Taphouse, 40 tap beers fill glasses, and on the grill's outdoor patio, friends face off on bocce-ball courts while trying to spot some of the 400-plus feral snowmen that call the visible Rocky Mountains home.
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.