Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Fort Hill Bowling Center rings the bell between balls and pins as competitors unleash rotating jabs across fully automated lanes. Each day of the week, the facility resonates with the unabashed point scoring of friendly matches or league play. A snack bar keeps fingers properly fueled, and a video jukebox volunteers to cast a tuneful tone across otherwise thunderous frames. After final point totals are tallied, teams can continue to feed their cravings for spherical competition on a pool table, which is far safer than stealing a rottweiler's tennis ball during games of Steal the Rottweiler's Tennis Ball.
I Love Yoga Studio foster a sense of community by creating a space where students of all skill levels can further their individual yoga practice in a safe and welcoming environment. To accommodate the varied needs and interests of their students, the studio's instructors lead classes that draw inspiration from a wide assortment of yoga styles. These range from the introspective practice of Kundalini yoga, which emphasizes mindful breathing techniques and revitalizing meditation, to Vinyasa yoga's dynamic sequences of seamlessly transitioning asanas and coordinated breaths. Regardless of whether students are seeking to improve their strength and flexibility, manage stress, or perfect their staring-contest skills, the classes at I Love Yoga Studio teach attendees to become more tuned to the connections that exist between the mind, body, and spirit. The studio also hosts workshops and therapeutic sessions intended to promote holistic health and wellbeing.
For almost three decades, the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra has harnessed the melodious power of strings, horns, woodwinds, and percussion to re-create classical pieces and vivify modern works. Shows speckle the schedule throughout the year, welcoming duos for “Date Night!” performances, delighting the senses with songs by local choirs, and celebrating snowmen’s birthdays with classic holiday tunes.
Notable comedians elicit laughs from audiences during standup-comedy nights at Visulite Cinemas. Known for his unique brand of comedy and laughter-based ab workouts, Florida-based funnyman Ron Feingold combines a cappella vocals with a rib-tickling standup routine. Comic Spanky Brown worked as a car salesman, radio personality, and tooth fairy before emerging on the comedy scene with truthful tales of his childhood. A movie theater by day and night and a comedy club by selected other nights, Visulite Cinemas' relaxed, cushy environs cosset audiences while a top-notch sound system broadcasts every quip with perfect clarity.
When the swirls of smoke clear, the 22nd century appears in all its neon glory. Well, not the actual 22nd century. But FunQuest certainly evokes the future with its multi-level laser tag arena, where players clad in vests dodge incoming beams while firing their own. Colorful obstacles glow in the dark and provide cover throughout the space, which is big enough to fit 20 competitors.
The rest of FunQuest contains equally family-friendly attractions, including a hardwood maple skating center. After optional lessons for all ages, visitors glide along to upbeat tunes on quad or inline skates, and participate in classic games like the limbo and hokey pokey.
Even more games can be found at the arcade. These ones dispense tickets, and once players have collected enough, they can exchange them for prizes, such as an oversized bow for the family giant who had to wait in the parking lot.
Finally, for youngsters under the age of 10, the PlayQuest indoor playground has plenty of slides to ride, bouncy floors to traverse, and tubes to crawl through.