Harris Hill Road houses a 1.8-mile racetrack designed by track expert David Donovan that twists and turns 11 times through 150 feet of elevation changes, featuring a 962-foot straightaway and an 80-foot rise and drop in turn 4 named “Santa Rita.” Up to 10 determined drivers roll up in their own sportscars or sports sedans for an approximately two-hour school. Harris Hill’s speedy curriculum breaks into four sessions, starting with a classroom session where racers discuss safety and are introduced to car-control techniques useful on the racetrack, the street, and in the supermarket aisles. The intrepid instructors then familiarize their driving disciples with the track and their cars, teaching students how to coax speed out of their gearshifts and getting them on a first-name basis with their brake pads. Finally, Harris Hill Road unleashes rubber-burners on the track, accompanied by their instructors, to show what they've learned about safety, control, and speed.
Koko FitClub’s innovative technology imparts the benefits of a personal trainer without any of the drawbacks, such as scheduling conflicts, steep prices, and handshake obligations. Digital keys help patrons to unlock their custom training plans, which are displayed on a fleet of cardio and strength-training machinery. First, clients elect one of Koko’s exercise tracks—including weight loss, pain relief, and muscle building—so computers can design personalized routines based on individual goals, measurements, and starting fitness levels.
Plans transfer from the computer to a Koko Key, which, like a USB drive or a desktop wallpaper of a guard dog, safeguards digital documents. The key fits into each of Koko FitClub’s cardio and strength-training machines, which display the number of reps or intensity of intervals needed and how to tweak any off-kilter techniques. Each 30-minute workout presents a fresh routine to keep minds engaged while clients blast through traditional exercise plateaus.
Experienced photo gurus Doug Box and Randy Kerr impart practical photo skills to curious shutterbugs during engaging seminars that have appeared across the States and in eight countries abroad. Doug Box, author of myriad photography-technique books, is one of 13 Kodak mentors and is the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His co-teacher, Randy Kerr, heads World Photographic, which uses photography as a vehicle for illuminating humanitarian and environmental topics. Both men have been teaching photography classes for years and help amateurs take photos that capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings.
Led by cofounders Dave Appel and Trey Steele, Cycle Camp USA's dedicated community helps riders navigate Austin's paved trails and push one another to extend personal limits and cover new ground. While working with students, Steele shares techniques that placed him among the top five in his age group at the North Carolina Triathlon Series. Avid racer and enthusiastic instructor Allison Atkinson also works with cyclists through CycleFit classes. The comprehensive training curriculum developed by Appel and his staff integrates a balance of core fitness pillars, such as heart rate, endurance, and maintaining speed when being pursued by coyotes on rocket skates. The community also encourages cyclists to test newfound abilities on destination trips, which pit packs of riders against picturesque ribbons of open road.
Your Yoga's experienced instructors propel yogis of all levels toward physical fitness and inner peace during engaging one-hour classes. Vinyasa yoga's deep, focused breaths knit upward-facing-dog poses and cat-cow stretches into dance-like sequences. Blocks and blankets bolster restorative yoga routines, which feature seated poses that melt stress and gently stretch the muscles until they stop flexing in protest. With minimal chanting and not a single commercial break, power-yoga sessions focus on athletic, Ashtanga-style poses that build strength and flexibility. Your Yoga's blue-floored studio also finds room for Thai bodywork, a relaxing therapy that blends trigger-point massage with assisted stretches designed to ease pain, increase mobility, and improve posture.
Artaculture Academy's name neatly synthesizes its values: art and permaculture. On the artistic side, the academy’s 7-acre site houses a glass-blowing studio, where beginners and experienced students can take glass-blowing and flame-work classes or complete seasonal projects. The staff is also in the process of completing gallery space and additional studios devoted to clay and ceramics, woodworking, metalworking, and healing arts. And in the pursuit of permaculture, Artaculture Academy operates as sustainably as possible and helps others to do the same. Clubs and classes address such earth-conscious topics as beekeeping, organic gardening, backyard poultry, and intentional-community design.
Impact MMA Fitness welcomes exercisers of all ages and skill levels to participate in a variety of kickboxing and fitness classes. The gym's class schedule boasts a large number of morning, afternoon, and evening kickboxing classes. Intensive muay thai classes emphasize skills and conditioning and are taught by a trainer experienced with UFC fighters. Other classes include various boot camps and strength and cardio training.