After decades of winning the admiration of stock-car racing fans with his aggressive driving strategy and off-track charisma, Rusty Wallace now gives others the chance to experience the rush of racing. He joined forces with Sodikart to roll out the Rusty Wallace Kart Experience, pairing kart with driver at some of the country's most celebrated racetracks. Racers can hop in a custom RT8 (or its kid-friendly counterpart, the LR4) and hit the gas, tearing up everything from the versatile road courses and speedy main track of the Atlanta Motor Speedway to the challenging lava pits of the Milwaukee Mile.
But this go-karting business has a big brother?the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. It's a high-speed trip into the pro-racing trade, with breathtaking ride-alongs and racing experiences in stock cars. Guests buckle up and sit shotgun alongside professional drivers as they fly down straightaways and around curves. They can even get behind the wheel themselves, finally feeling what it's like to be a professional driver.
With a complete line of Life Fitness and Cybex machines, the Pensacola branch of World Gym upholds the franchise's relentless tradition of providing 24/7 access to fitness. Each device in the cardio stable is hooked up to a personal cable TV and DVD set, allowing runners to finally live out their dreams of running wind sprints through aisle 7 of the electronics store. Conversely, an outdoor workout area beckons the ruggedly inclined with battling ropes and climbing stations. Instructors lead a medley of aerobics and yoga classes, and personal trainers help members to craft their own custom fitness plans.
Sharpening the skills and spirits of students since 2001, the instructors at Red Dragon expound the tools, techniques, and philosophies of traditional martial arts, self-defense, and mixed martial arts, conditioning budding champions' bodies while strengthening their self-respect. Sophic senseis lead keen karatekas through challenging yet pleasure-cultivating classes that utilize group activity and camaraderie to catapult participants over new plateaus of power. Private lessons help students make the most of group sessions by providing them with intensive personalized training and tips.
Riviera Fitness Center's sprawling confines supplements its co-ed and women's-only workout areas with group fitness classes, fitness assessments with a personal trainer, and a sauna. Cinema enthusiasts eye an oversize projector in the cardio theater room, where films play continuously throughout the day and inspire budding buffs to build the strength to arm-wrestle Cruella de Vil. A buffet of free weights and weight machines helps patrons to sculpt and tone newfound brawn. Fitness seekers sweat in the comfortable sanctity of the gym by participating in cardio-heavy classes such as yoga and Zumba or soaking up steam in the sauna. During the included fitness assessment, Riviera Fitness Center's knowledgeable personal trainers will evaluate the musculature of guests’ bodies, helping them to craft targeted workouts to meet goals, drop pounds, and conquer fears of zooming away on a stationary bike.
Home to professional PSA racing, the Five Flags Speedway burns boredom with heart-pounding stock-car races that place fans at the metaphorical heart of the action. The upcoming Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series features late model stock cars, super stocks, sportsman, and bombers racing 100 laps at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour while their drivers furiously eat 100 Grands.
Today, it's undeniable: Jazzercise is a worldwide empire, spanning more than 1,800 locations and 32,000 weekly classes across the globe. It's also hip; gone are the leotards and legwarmers of the 1980s, replaced with a high-intensity blend of cardio, strength training, kickboxing and power yoga performed to hits by chart-toppers from Shakira to Justin Timberlake. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set, with recent additions such as Fusion, Core, and Strike broadening the workouts' variety and application. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background. This sense of community keeps Jazzercise devotees coming back, but so too do the results; benefits ranging from weight loss and boosted core strength to increased flexibility and stress relief.
Jazzercise's continued success can be traced to the innovation of its founder, Judi Sheppard Missett. While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, she decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. Little did she know that this ?just for fun? class was the prototype for what would become the Jazzercise sensation.