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.
Founded by Floyd "Butch" and Pearl Overly in 1972, the NASCAR–sanctioned Motordrome Speedway entertains fans with weekly automotive racing contests on its half-mile-long asphalt track. With this deal, you get tickets to a select Friday-night race that features five racing divisions, including street stock (American non-sports cars) and charger (American stock autos built between 1970–1990), each NWAAS racing event displays a variety of vehicle and racing styles. Made up of mostly local teams and drivers, the races give auto aficionados the chance show off their driving skills without jumping over gorges during a DMV driving test. With a community-friendly atmosphere involving many of the racers' own families, the Motordrome allows visitors to bring their own comestibles and drinks in a 14-inch or smaller cooler, and parking for the events is free.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Alpha Fitness Club shepherds exercisers of all stripes toward their desired level of svelteness with a fleet of Star Trac fitness equipment and engaging group fitness classes. Ellipticals, treadmills, and bicycles give exercisers the strength to knock stubborn calories off their bodies, and resistance machinery and free weights convince muscles to come out of their hiding places. Furthering fitness pursuits, Alpha Fitness Club’s trainer, Frank—who hails from a decorated career as a Marine, a bodybuilder, and a power-lifter—tailors his one-on-one sessions to help customers to lose weight, gain muscle, and maintain mint-condition sweatbands. Exercise classes include Zumba, spinning, Pilates, and step; the club’s schedule inspires exercisers to power through with a dose of fitness camaraderie.
More than a 24-hour gym, Fitness 247 is as a full-service health club that's open at all hours. The facility has plenty of exercise gear, from its strength-training equipment to its more than 50 cardio machines, which feature personal viewing screens and iPod docking stations. In addition, the aerobics room provides guests with everything from jump ropes and kettlebells to medicine balls and neoprene dumbbells. The gym's trainers are also on-hand to offer one-on-one guidance, although they also lead yoga lessons, Zumba workouts, and other group fitness classes.
Fitness 247 also offers various health-club amenities. Locker rooms feature relaxing saunas and individual showers. Five tanning beds and a UV-free Mystic Tan system help skin maintain its summer glow year-round. At select times, Fitness 247 even offers complimentary daycare.
Despite its name, Fonzi’s Synergy Fitness isn’t a place where members learn to ride motorcycles while keeping their slicked-back coiffures in place. It’s a locally owned gym helmed by Jim Fonzi and Denice Normandy-Fonzi, who cultivate a welcoming feel inside the fitness haven. High-quality workout equipment, such as the BodyMasters System—a 30-minute circuit workout similar to Curves, as well as free weights fill the space, and a fitness room hosts an array of heart-pumping, calorie-burning classes.