Pure Fitness (formerly known as Powerhouse Fitness and still owned by Scott and Nikki Holland) has a full roster of certified personal trainers and seasoned group-fitness instructors who guide exercisers to physical peaks, building strong muscles and healthy lifestyles. The workout room helps guests to slim down their silhouettes with new exercise equipment, including calorie-torching cardio machines and dumbbells perfect for toning biceps or hurling at cardboard cutouts of Charles Atlas. There's also a recently added athletic-training center.
Group classes range from Les Mills dance aerobics to CrossFit functional training, which strengthens sinews with Olympic lifting drills and gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises. A juice bar replenishes vitamins and minerals, and saunas banish stress with warm, dry air. To help parents squeeze exercise into busy schedules, the gym offers childcare services seven days a week.
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.
A ferocious breed of animal races through the countryside of Northeastern Connecticut. Its habitat: a 500-acre complex known as the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, where a 5/8 mile oval track has roared with the sounds of these creatures for more than seven decades. High-powered automobiles are the species in question here, and thanks to the track's TSMP Exotics program, the general public has the chance to tame one of these Italian, German, or Japanese super cars for themselves.
With an instructor in the passenger seat, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and other automobiles fly around the course the way stars fly around a dazed cartoon coyote's head. The cars also speed across a 1.7-mile road road course whose sharp turns and long straightaway require skill to complete quickly. Afterward, visitors can cool down from the experience at the onsite Bogey?s Ice Cream Stand.
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.
Longtime racing fans got to know the name Tom Baldwin in the late '70s, when the modified driver became a legend: 11 wins from 1978 to 1992. His legacy continues today in his son, Tommy Baldwin, Jr. In 2009, the younger Baldwin founded his own racing team, and its star is still on the rise. Besides winning the prized checkered flags, Tommy Baldwin Racing gives fans firsthand track experience in the driver's or passenger's seat of track cars and American muscle monsters.