When rock-climbing couple Christy and Scott Thrift got engaged, Christy was dangling off the side of Stone Mountain. The same adventurous spirit that elevated their engagement informs their married life, which they spend running their wilderness guiding service, Thrifty Adventures. While some of the duo’s trips require previous outdoor experience, most welcome all participants, and range from ice climbing adventures to rock climbing and backpacking trips. Along the way, Scott and Christy teach safety basics, climbing techniques, and strategies for preserving natural surroundings, such as refraining from nibbling on the mountain.
Seven extreme athletes and one Royal Marine banded together to design Spartan Races' intense miles-long courses, each strewn with obstacles to test resilience, stamina, and strength. Clad in event T-shirts, runners collect smudges and stains as they clamber across mud pits, slide unscathed under barbed wire, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as three miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
A full-service golf-practice facility, Leatherman Golf Learning Center provides club-wielding cadets a fun venue to hone all facets of their game. Perfect your putter stroke with a round on the complex’s 18-hole mini-golf course, a circuit of slick, boldly contoured surfaces that will test break-reading acumen and depth perception. Assembled around a central stream and waterfall, each hole unveils another fun opportunity to out-putt friends or swindle children out of their candy stash.
As a comprehensive gymnastics training center and a USA Gymnastics club member, Carolina Stars Gymnastics takes its tumbling seriously. Kids as young as 18 months can start on the path toward somersaults, roundabouts, and backflips in fun and engaging parent-and-tot classes. Meanwhile, boys and girls of all ages and abilities can find a class perfectly suited for them. In addition to gymnastics, the training center offers karate classes, aerial dance lessons, and birthday parties.
Endorsed by UFC fighter B.J. Penn, the Martial Arts Training Institute provides extensive, valuable training in martial arts and self-defense. A full trial membership for 30 days gives you access to any MATI class. In the beginner's class, kids will study the self-discipline, the respect, and the physical conditioning required to be a martial arts expert. They'll hone their physical and mental skills under the tutelage of several black-belt instructors, who collectively hold belts in tae kwon do, karate, and jujitsu, among others. Adults can also sharpen their self-security with classes that invigorate the cardiovascular system, while learning how to counter any weapon attacks.