Extreme athletes banded together to design Spartan Races' intense courses orchestrated over standardized distances, each strewn with natural and man-made obstacles to test mind-body fitness, resilience, stamina, and strength, designed to leave participants exhausted and exhilarated. In waves of 200, runners collect smudges and stains as they perform box jumps, haul heavy sandbags, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as 3 miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
Paddles churn the crystal waters as a rainbow of boards slips silently across the surface of Mountain Island Lake. The shoreline, dappled with trees that shiver with cavorting wildlife, falls away behind the board's passengers as they stand in the middle of the aquatic expanse. Though the view is much different from the oceanic coastlines more commonly associated with the sport, the meditative calm and athletic challenge remain.
With roots in Hawaiian culture, the unique method of riding a board takes advantage of the surfer's panoramic viewpoint and ability to avoid far-off swells and bossy tugboats. The act of constantly balancing and paddling, while simple, tones core muscles and enables participants to silently observe surrounding wildlife. Sup Charlotte keeps adventurers afloat on Riviera boards, which they sell and use in lessons to keep riders of all experience levels gliding more gracefully than swans looking for parking.
• For $20, you get a one-day single-passenger kayak rental (a $40 value). • For $100, you get a four-hour pontoon boat rental (up to a $200 value). A $300 down payment is required upon time of visit, and will be fully refunded once the boat is returned. Pontoon operators must be 21 or older, and operators 21–26 must show proof of NC boating safety course.
Equipment: Rogue, MDUSA, X Training Equipment, Concept 2, Pendlay
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We can scale any workout to fit your fitness level.
At Curves, exercisers of all fitness levels move around a circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and 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, filling medicine balls with medicine, and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines account for different body weights and fitness levels to create resistance that matches one's abilities, which thereby decreases the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions 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.
When Black’s Dairy building was built in 1940, its sole purpose was to produce milk for people in the surrounding community. Though the horse carts no longer make their rounds to the neighborhoods, the building still serves to nourish the members of the community. Guest instructors frequently host classes at the working art studio, sharing their expertise in mediums such as glass, metal, and clay. Students can flex their creative sides in workshops on topics such as glass fusing, glass blowing, clay throwing, and basic metal welding while also socializing with Art in the Dairy’s chickens or Franklin, the studio’s goat-in-residence.