Racks of free weights, rows of treadmills, and a forest of fitness machines help exercisers shed fat and get shredded inside Gold's Gym. Over 50 fitness classes offered weekly give visitors options ranging from aqua aerobics to kettlebells and fitness boxing.
At Momentum Pilates Studio, owner Grace Ranson leads a team of skilled instructors in teaching classes and private sessions that are firmly rooted in the original mat practice and movement progression of Joseph Pilates. In addition to her classical training, she ramps up the traditional Pilates protocol with cardio-infused boot-camp classes and combination classes enhanced by foam rollers, weights, and Pilates Reformer machines. The studio's walls boast an array of colorful artwork, which inspires students of all abilities to become flexible enough to paint their own masterpieces with their feet.
Sitting behind the wheel of a 32 Sodi RX7 kart has a way of making you feel like a professional stunt driver. Maybe it's zipping up your driver?s suit or snapping on your helmet. Either way, at Summit Point Kart, all participants get the look they want and the safety orientation they need to cut turns like Andretti when they take on that piece of half-mile track known as the Washington Circuit.
Overhead, lights blaze down on the track?s 22 turns, so karters can race well into the evening or on that day after summer solstice when the sun is too partied out to get out of bed. Racers who get hooked can get themselves a yearly membership card, which discounts the price of racing credits. Little ones enamored with the track can enlist in a four-hour kart school that builds confidence behind the wheel.
The 483-horsepower V8 engine roars in front of you as you shift gears, and the speedometer climbs over 150 miles per hour. Gliding down the straightaway, you grip the wheel of a Ferrari F430. You don't need to buy your own exotic car to experience this adrenaline rush: American Racing Experience connects visitors with a similar emprise on four major raceways across the United States. At scheduled times at the Motorspeedway in Atlanta, Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania, Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia, and Adams Mortorsports Park in Los Angeles, they brief drivers on the handling and controls of sleek Ferraris and V10 engine-powered, six-speed Lamborghini Gallardos. After preparing visitors for the upcoming track with a lap in a pace car, instructors slip into the passenger seat—letting their guests take the wheel for a driving experience more extreme than some TV show set on an island.