The car speaks first, its engine growling. The driver responds with an accelerating heart and a tighter grip on the steering wheel. After trading words, the foot meets the gas pedal, and the two become one, a 2-ton chimera hurtling down the track. At Racing Adventures tracks across North America, man and machine sync up during high-speed experiences that resemble professional racing scenes. Each experience culls from a fleet of supersonic roadsters, including American classics like Corvettes and vintage Cobra replica racers. Professional driving coaches always ride along, ensuring a safe thrill ride by supervising drivers' technique and checking the passenger-side window for teenagers throwing eggs at the car.
From its nest at Colorado Springs Airport, Peak Aviation Center opens the skyways for fledgling aviators through aircraft rentals and a variety of flying courses. During their Introductory Flights, the center’s seasoned instructors relinquish controls of a light sport aircraft to students hungering to dominate gravity. Learning aeronauts can control the flying machines for up to an hour as they ascend, descend, and dodge shots from surprisingly powerful T-shirt cannons. Peak Aviations enthusiastic masters of the clouds also guide flying protégés to private and sport pilot certificates through hands-on flight training. Flying lessons are held every day of the week, including Sunday even when their offices are closed.
The Fitness Factory of Colorado Springs bases its workouts on the simple idea that people can have fun and get a rigorous cardio workout at the same time. Bumping Latin and international tunes set a dance-party rhythm in the studio’s Zumba classes that blend cha-cha, salsa, reggaeton, rumba, and other dance styles to create high-energy routines. The beginner-friendly courses range from traditional Zumba to Zumba Toning sessions, designed to sculpt specific muscles, and Zumba Gold, aimed at exercise newbies. Yoga sessions and hip-hop lessons complement the core of Zumba offerings. Students can sample four different styles at the Saturday Morning Mixer, where they can select their own workouts from 30-minute mini-classes rather than cobbling together an entire gym from used shoes.
Suzanne Smith incorporates a background in neuromuscular massage therapy into her Pilates curriculum to help participants increase flexibility and free themselves from joint aches and body pains. Using an array of specialized body-limbering equipment, such as the Reformer and Cadillac, Suzanne brings stiff and stubborn sinews under her gentle yet firm tutelage, teaching them to open up to a fuller range of motion while letting go of tightly clasped tension and faded photographs of old flames. Classes meet six days each week and are capped at five students, creating space for intensive personal instruction and individual muscle whispering.
In Donna Francis' case, it's hard to tell whether life imitates art or if it's the other way around. She draws inspiration from the beauty in nature that surrounds her, painting realistic details that range from the delicate petals of a blossoming flower to the soulful eyes of a loyal basset hound. For more than three decades she's honed her craft, and she passes on her tried-and-true techniques to students during classes on oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting, as well as pastels and drawing.