Facilities at the more family-orientated Powerhouse Gym and Family Fitness enlist nurturing personal trainers to man their workout floors and group classes, which run the gamut from intense Les Mills routines to rhythm-fueled Zumba sessions. In line with the Powerhouse Gym credo, employees strive to foster each member's individual strength, whether they want to complete a single pull-up or do so while dangling from the tusk of an enraged mammoth. To make working out more enjoyable and convenient, amenities such as mounted TVs and childcare stations might complement the throngs of cardio and strength machinery at varying locations.
More than 560 horses come to life when you ignite the engine inside one of The Racing School's authentic stock cars. The ensuing roar engulfs the entire vehicle, and your body rumbles as you grab the steering wheel and look towards the track. No stop signs. No pace cars. Just grip the steering wheel and drive—a race-car driver is born.
The Racing School has facilitated more than 14 years of thrilling moments just like this (and documented many of them on video). The staff here consists of current and former professional racers, who teach novices how to handle traditional stock cars, racing trucks, and other high-octane vehicles. Once instructors cover acceleration, braking, warp speed, and the other essentials, training culminates with a driving experience at professional-level tracks, including Waterford Speedbowl, Devils Bowl Speedway, and Thompson Speedway. Here, the experts give newbies the freedom to drive like pros, encouraging passing and letting drivers set their own pace.
In 1938, "The Long Island Expressway"—a vicious hurricane—plowed through John Hoenig's property in Thompson, Connecticut. His farm was destroyed, but when he decided to rebuild, he didn't rebuild the farm. Instead, he began clearing his land for the area's first 5/8-mile, high-banked racetrack. As soon as it opened, it was heralded as "the Indianapolis of the East." It was a destination for racecar drivers across the country.
In the more than 70 years since then, the track has blossomed into Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Today, it's one of the country's oldest tracks, besides that one high-banked crop circle from 1910. It plays host to three iconic racing events, including the World Series of Speedway Racing, and its modernized 5/8-mile oval now shares its space with a 1.7-mile road course. Even more exciting, neither track is just for pros. Civilians can try out the speedster lifestyle during driving school, or as part of the Driver's Club, which offers 30 days of members-only access to the track each year.
Across New England and the Mid-Atlantic, Circuit One provides thrill seekers the opportunity to experience an adrenaline-boosting time behind the wheel in an exotic automobile. The selection includes a Ferrari 430 Spyder, Lamborghini Gallarado and GT-R; whose power and handling easily conquers the turns and straightaways of various regional autocross tracks—each geared towards providing you with the thrill of heavy acceleration and exhilirating cornering. To make the experience accessible and safe for any driver, every vehicle comes equipped with automatic transmission and an instructor sits in the passenger seat to provide support, advice, and perspiration-blotting handkerchiefs. Circuit One's philosophy hinges on giving drivers the indescribable experience of navigating a ribbon of asphalt while seated behind the wheel of a luxury sports car, all while keeping safety a main priority.
Inside Bikram Yoga’s two practice spaces, instructors crank up the thermostat to sultry temperatures to loosen up students’ muscles during 90-minute yoga sessions, helping increase flexibility and range of motion while building muscle tone. Instructors pay special attention to coaching newbies during each class, teaching Bikram’s 26 postures and two breathing exercises to help students of all fitness levels stretch out joints or baby injuries and appendages put out of commission due to hostile negotiations during teamwork-building human knots. Each instructor trained directly under Bikram Choudhury—the creator of Bikram Yoga—to ensure that pupils receive safe, easy-to-follow instruction that bolsters health and clears minds.
Auburn Yoga & Pilates Center owner Jennifer Fleury-Lawson fulfills her passion for teaching while creating a community of yogis so dedicated to improving their physical and mental health they earned the studio the Auburn Chamber of Commerce's award for Best Fitness Facility four years in a row. Along with a skilled staff of instructors, Jennifer oversees a schedule of low-impact workout regimens that includes a mélange of dynamic and restorative yoga styles, Pilates mat sessions, and spinning classes capable of leaving students of all skill and fitness levels as breathless as an easily startled blowfish.