Tired of feeling unfit and unhappy with their bodies, husband-and-wife team Barry and Jana Ratzlaff decided to make a change. They registered for a fitness and weight-loss challenge, and have since revamped their physiques and lifestyles. Today, 50 and 25 pounds lighter, respectively, Barry and Jana have made it their mission to help others change their lives while having fun.
To that end, their mostly outdoor fitness facility spans 10 acres of cedar forest. But the natural expanse is more than idyllic hiking grounds. Twenty challenges obstruct winding, wooded trails, through which Barry and Jana lead small groups in flipping heavy logs, balancing on cedar beams, scaling rope walls, and outrunning beavers. When the weather isn’t ideal, they bring their fitness expertise indoors to their fully stocked studio for one-on-one personal-training programs, which can include weight-training, cardio counseling, and nutrition planning.
Born from the mind of Italian racing magnate Claudio Valiante, SIMA International Motorsports Academy creates full-fledged racers with intense hands-on driving experiences in high-speed karts and motorcycles. The multipurpose track—a 3/4-mile technical circuit—boasts CIK-style apex and exit curbing for precision cornering, and can be configured into three different courses. Making use of the track is the karting school, a universal first step in any racer’s journey. The open-wheel karts simulate the speed and force of more mature open-wheel vehicles, and technical aspects of racing such as starts, racing lines, and post-race massages for the vehicles are easier on karts. National competitive racing circuits make stops at the track as well, with different classes of racers and karts vying for notice and championships.
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.
The Adobe- and Microsoft-certified instructors at Photo Art Studio prepare pupils for careers in graphic design, web development, and photography during 14-hour certification programs. The digital photography course drills novices in handling and cleaning their cameras, regulating light, and convincing jumping beans to hold still for track-team portraits. During Adobe Photoshop classes, students survey the program's myriad manipulation and touch-up options by applying such flourishes as modified hues and formatted text over their own compositions. Other courses in software such as Adobe Flash and Dreamweaver focus on animation, image design, and web development respectively. The studio also hosts in-depth classes on Microsoft Office software to instill practical administrative skills.
Bartending Schools Online broadcasts a wealth of helpful video-based lessons and interactive quizzes in an easy-to-use online format, boosting the barkeeping skills and job prospects of students all over the world. Pupils study their way through 50 drink-recipe clips and 14 lessons, tracking their progress through helpful games and challenging timed quizzes. Intuitive tools and supplements breathe life into bartending careers—helping clients craft professional portfolios with resumé-creation tools—and finally make juggling cool with bottle-tossing flair lessons.
VRC Fitness hastens heart rates in a squeaky-clean and eco-friendly facility of more than 25,000 square feet. Members get access to four cardio areas, a pool and hot tub, seven courts for racquet sports, and a motivational butler. Pump iron in a weight room organized by targeted body zones, or work a round of reps in the circuit weight room. A one-on-one orientation session with a certified personal trainer, who will create a customized workout program suited to personal health ambitions, accessorizes all new memberships. A bountiful schedule of group fitness classes fosters collective vigour through cycling, boot camps, dance classes, and more, and a ladies-only area demolishes guts of diligent divas. Registered goal-smashers can take advantage of family and local benefits or sign up for tanning, towel service, registered yoga classes, and additional personal training sessions for additional costs, though entries in stationary-bike races are always free.