Mario Andretti Racing Experience plops fans inside the roll cages of full-size Indy racecars that have been revved by pedigreed speed demons. Experienced racing instructors spearhead a spectrum of racing experiences that range from the guided ride-along to the free-wheeling World Champion Experience's six side-by-side racing sessions. Traveling to racetracks across the country, the racing experiences allow drivers to spike speedometers without obeying the pace of a lead car or the math of a speed-limit sign.
SpeedTech Auto Racing School's Rookie Rush program lets velocity cravers feast on fast-blowing air, appropriately seasoned with the rules of the road. The driving experience starts with detailed classroom instruction, during which a veteran driver imparts racing basics to students before taking them on a tour of the track in a van, demonstrating how to navigate the concrete sea without ruffling their eyebrows. Then racers hop into the driver's seat donning flame-resistant suits and Snell-certified helmets for adrenaline-brewing laps in a stock car as an instructor rides shotgun, offering tips and hand-fed marshmallows along the way. The Richmond track is a 60-foot-wide, three-quarter-mile loop featuring a front stretch of 890 feet and back straightaway of 860 feet, with 14-degree banking turns around a D-shaped oval course.
At Richmond Balance, trainers forge bodies to match the beauty of life-changing events. Their bridal boot camp, which has been featured in Richmond Bride, tones wives-to-be with regular, small-group workouts that culminate in confident struts down the aisle. Likewise, their new mommy boot-camp classes help ladies achieve post-pregnancy goals, such as a slimmer stomach or arms that can change stroller tires without a jack. Support remains the common element of these specialized programs—the staff gathers students with similar objectives and capitalizes on a sense of camaraderie. The same method guides the Balanced Buddies system, in which partners share the same personal trainer, and PWR! Fitness Training, a regimen for guests with disorders such as Parkinson's disease.
Even outside the communal atmosphere of classes, Richmond Balance prioritizes an intimate, custom approach to health. Its certified trainers will travel to homes for private sessions or supervise clients as they sweat aboard the gym's Precor, Tuff Stuff, and Schwinn equipment. During workouts, guests can occupy their eyes by watching the individual flat-screen televisions on select machines or by counting the exposed bricks on the walls around them.
Voted the top local yoga studio by Richmond Magazine, Yoga Source offers around 50 classes a week ranging from prenatal programs to weekend workshops. Certified instructors promote the proper postures and inhalation execution necessary to improve pliancy and increase circulation among waning subscribers. Buy a vowel with tongue-twisting techniques like Iyengar and Vinyasa, designed to help each shape-shifter experience the transformative power of yoga, while drop-in classes allow for increased flexibility.
Whether training students to helm the bar at a nightclub or just to wow guests at a private party, the staff instructors at The Professional Bartending Academy champion the benefits of hands-on learning. In semi-monthly classes, they walk groups of no more than 10 students through an overview of Virginia alcohol laws and mixology techniques. Various mixing exercises, such as speed drills, teach the methods for making classic and trendy drinks. All classes are held at a fully functional training bar, which lends a realistic atmosphere to the training.
Sport Factory Scuba outfits underwater explorers and land-based competitors with equipment and training. PADI-certified instructors lead students on their first excursions into local pools and open water destinations, while the dive center outfits then with fins, masks, regulators, and waterproof cotton candy. Softball and baseball teams step into the mesh walls of the facility’s batting cages and pitching lanes, where they can practice their swings or test a riot shield. The onsite sportsmen's shop also carries equipment for disc golf, cornhole, and paintball.