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Throughout her personal-training career, Vikki Artuso always longed to start her own gym. With the help of her brother, an army veteran, she opened Better Body Women's Fitness with the goal of offering women a relaxed environment with plenty of resources to get fit. Today, she channels 20 years as a professional trainer with her experiences as a wife and mother into equipping her gym to welcome all women, whether they're new to fitness or looking to push themselves further. When ladies walk into Vikki's fitness center, they don't have to fend for themselves. The staff is on hand to answer questions, provide guidance, and help them learn to use the cardio equipment, weight machines, free weights, or cable machines. Vikki, Joy, and a team of instructors also lead group classes that get students swinging kettlebells, hustling to step aerobics, and furiously pedaling spin bikes away from the motorcycle class that takes place one room back. In addition to coaching one-on-one workouts, personal trainers also help their clients meet their fitness goals with nutrition guidance tailored to their lifestyles. Complimentary childcare hours enable clients to focus on reaching their sweat quotas as their kids do activities, play games, and put together puzzles in a space with a window for them to see the gym. There is also a separate room for infants, who prefer to lift weights alone.

745 Concord Pkwy
Concord,
NC
US

As a licensed massage therapist with a neuromuscular certification, Theresa Nowlin seeks more than just a temporary fix. By understanding the full extent of a patient's history, she aims to forever quell chronic headaches, whiplash, or shoulder strain from an overzealous thumb war match. Clients can opt for soothing aromatherapy bodywork using blossom extract essential oils, or deactivate lower-layer knots with her signature neuromuscular or deep-tissue techniques.

759 Concord Pkwy N
Concord,
NC
US

The ROC Race is a 5K fun run with a catch?a dozen of them, to be exact. Twelve giant obstacles stand in the way of victory, including a wrecking ball that threatens to knock runners off their path. The various challenges draw their inspiration from the world's most extreme game shows, where contestants have to run through tires, swing on ropes, and swoosh down giant slides. To make things even more exciting, ROC's organizers encourage participants to dress up in wacky costumes like tutus or outfits inspired by superheroes such as the Fantastic 5K Finisher.

This epic event descends on cities across the U.S., welcoming runners ages 13 and up to fend off water and foam before greeting crowds of spectators at the finish line. A post-race experience keeps things going with even more foam and festivities.

Charlotte Motor Speedway
Concord,
NC
US

Ample lighting casts a bright, safe glow over the dozens of storage lockers that line the wide paths at Mr. Storage, where an electronic gate safeguards a fleet of storage units that range in size from 5'x5' to 10'x30'. The secure, locking doors to each storage unit open to unveil cavernous spaces large enough to shelter furniture, boats, and RVs. Customers can retrieve their belongings 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and on-site security continuously monitors the facilities. To further assuage moving woes, staffers can equip visitors with supplies such as boxes, dollies, furniture covers, and sofa-sized teleportation chambers.

8 Lowe Avenue Northwest
Concord,
NC
US

Devan Kline was a pitcher in the minor leagues for the San Francisco Giants, focusing his attention on making it to the majors when another career opportunity blindsided him. In the summers of 2009 and 2010, he began helping Vanessa?the mother of the host family he lived with during home games?train to get back on shape. Devan witnessed firsthand her rapid transformation as she lost 45 pounds, and he saw the positive impact it had on her and her family's lives. The grateful clan told Devan that his time with them had changed their lives, and it?s then that he knew he wanted to dedicate himself to helping others in the same way. That?s when he founded Burn Boot Camp.

Now, Devan?with the help of a coterie of trainers?conducts indoor boot camps in six locations, using exercises that Devan himself used to get into shape during his days as a professional athlete. The team supplements those regimens with loads of body-weight-resistance training and heart-pounding cardio drills that include sprinting short distances.

354 George W Liles Pkwy.
Concord,
NC
US

When you think of a traditional tanning salon, you might imagine rows of tanning beds ready to deliver bronzed skin in 15-minute doses. Premier Tanning Salon is no different?it boasts eight Ergoline beds with four levels, in fact. But what sets Premier apart is that it also specializes in sunless tanning. The salon's Norvell Auto Revolution machine delivers an automated airbrush tan in just three to five minutes, covering skin in a choice of three levels of color. The sun-kissed color lasts up to a week, and it won't rub off on clothes or fluffy white cats in search of petting.

350 George W Liles Pkwy
Concord,
NC
US