With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll 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 your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing 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 autumn strikes, the air might grow cooler, but the sun really shines on Mitcham Farm. That's the time of year that the farm truly comes to life, keeping families busy with a full day's worth of farm activities. Trusty hayrides circle the entire grounds, showcasing the fields of pick-your-own pumpkins, the giant sand pile and mountain slide, and the corn canons. It also gives a ground-level view of a seven-acre maze cut into the corn. If guests decide to navigate the twisting stalks, they'll have to use their powers of deduction by solving clues pertaining to a mystery or determining which scarecrow is most likely to accept bribes.
When night falls on weekends, hayrides meander to the bonfire pit where guests can warm hands and cook marshmallows over the flickering flames. Of course, a hayride isn't your only option when it comes to touring the grounds––helicopter rides also whisk guests over the verdant property to give them a bird's eye view of all the autumn festivities below.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
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.
Golf is a sport of physical precision and aerial dynamics—won and lost upon the pendulum of your swing. Honey Creek Golf Club's par-72 course features thousands of yards of greenery designed to challenge everyone from first-time clubbers to full-time swingers. The scrupulously maintained course's scenic fairways, challenging slopes, and TifEagle Bermuda greens require patience and an arsenal of shots to conquer. To help carry the burden of lugging around a golf bag filled with iron, wood, and Ziploc bags full of lead dental fillings, Honey Creek Golf Club will let you borrow a motorized cart from its stable of purebred golf carts. Call in advance to schedule your tee time.
Appalachian Wilderness Guides leads avid adventurers on Mother Nature explorations and mountainous hikes. Teaming with northern Georgia wineries, the wine-tasting trek whisks vino-lovers through Georgia vineyards, helmed by a tour guide and including a palate-pleasing tasting with accompanying snacks. For the wide-eyed wilderness warrior, the family camping trip provides one night of mind-melding with the outdoors in a provided tent with sleeping bags. Start with a brisk day hike, and then finish with a campfire to nibble on hot dogs, hamburgers, and marshmallows. Along the way, Appalachian Wilderness Guides participate as little or as much as you like, meaning its leaders can leave after setting up the tent or stay to tell campfire stories about the Supreme Court justices who are lurking in the woods. All guides of the uneven grounds are certified in wilderness first-aid, CPR, and Leave No Trace Outdoors Ethics, ensuring the safe removal of unnecessary waste.