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.
The Historic Races pit the engine gurgles of classic '60s, '70s, and younger vehicles against one another. Legendary motor-mobiles from luminaries like Jaguar, Corvette, Camaro, Mustang, and BMW zip through roughly 1.5 miles of picturesque track with loopy elevation changes and blind-entry turns that would challenge even the most suction-cup-covered of tires. The contest schedule splits racers into various groupings. Experience muscle-bound mayhem at Group Four's Trans Am race, where Mustangs, Datsuns, Camaros, and more will test their horsepower and latissimus dorsi with feats of vehicular strength. Watch real-life Hot Wheels tear up a non-plastic track in the LeMans Group Five battle, where specialty cruisers like the MG MGB, Alfa Romeo Spider, and Triumph Spitfire will square off.
BeaveRun's two racing tracks host practice sessions, races, and classes for race karts, supermotos, cars, and snow plows. Bring your own race kart, or rent one of BeaveRun's Honda-powered karts, and be prepared to dart around the outdoor Wilson Circuit at speeds upwards of 45 mph ($20 for first session, $15 for second session). If you're still getting over your fear of miniature four-wheeled animals, drive your personal car directly onto BeaveRun's auto-cross obstacle course ($40 for weekend time) and finally master the art of making sharp turns around orange cones. You can opt for a drifting class, where you'll learn to scare small children and metallurgists with the smokiest get-away techniques ($40 for weekend time), or enroll in BeaveRun's intro to off-roading in the "dirt days" guided obstacle course for 4x4s ($40 per driver). BeaveRun also boasts an extensive range of thrill-seeking, auto-handling classes (starting at $189) that will appeal to your inner James Bond, while daredevils will relish the sweet two-wheeling freedom of BeaveRun's supermoto open practice sessions ($25 per driver, consult the website).
Xtreme Xperience was founded by a pair of car aficionados who understand the thrill of commanding a $253,000 piece of four-wheeled poetry in motion, like the Lamborghini LP560. They know that exaggerating the pronunciation of Porsche is only half as fun as horsewhipping its 530 horsepower from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.3 seconds. They realize that the Ferrari F430's supercharged Launch Control console button is too irresistible not to push coming out of every red light and into every dark, quiet, and hopefully vacant train tunnel. The smooth, spaceship-esque aluminum body shell of the Audi R8 makes them appreciate how discreet something like 782 rivets, 382 self-tapping screws, and more than 300 feet of welding can be. The people at Xtreme Xperience love supercars, and they love matchmaking them to other car enthusiasts who live to cruise across the great, oil-stained arteries of the American interstate-highway system.