A competitive shooter since he was a teenager, Mike Wirth began teaching responsible firearms operations during college. Between bouts of studying for his degree in mechanical engineering, he showed friends and classmates the firearms basics, such as marksmanship fundamentals, proper cleaning and storage, and how to smelt each bullet by hand.
Now teamed with business partner Aaron Goodfellow, Wirth continues training clients in responsible armed defense. On the outdoor ranges shared with Parma Rod and Gun Club, he and Goodfellow lead classes focused on handgun operations, teaching guests skills from swapping magazines to courteous behaviors when on the range.
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 circle of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies, promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use each lady’s body weight and unique fitness level to create resistance that matches her abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions can 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 pit crew at Quik Karts USA straps kids and adults of all skill levels into miniature motorcars for high-speed laps around the track. A pack of four rides sates one driver's racing urges, and groups can share a pack of eight rides to settle scores on who gets to steer their getaway Ferrari. Kids ages 8–15 can thread through the tire-lined course in junior carts, which top out at 25 mph. Elder automobilists set pedals horizontal in the adult carts, which reach speeds of up to 40 mph, a feat once thought only possible by cheetahs riding on skateboards. Depleted ankle strength is replenished at the snack bar with drinks, candy, shaved ice, and popcorn, though these victuals are not included in the deal.
Spines chill as they cross the threshold from civilization into the nightmarish realm of 3K Haunted House, where untold fiends await to release their inner-demons onto unwelcome guests. Much like one would expect from George Lucas’s poltergeist, 3K Haunted House strikes fear in the hearts of interlopers with film-set-quality effects and designs, suspending guests’ disbelief as they tiptoe past groaning ghouls and hear a cascade of blood-curdling screams. In addition to its spooky domicile, 3K Haunted House also boasts a number of other harvest-season attractions, such as kid-friendly bounce houses, which early farmers used to create the world’s first-ever popcorn.
On Wake Central Cable Park's manmade lake, riders wakeboard, wakeskate, and water ski without a boat. That's because two overhead, straight-line cable systems pull visitors across the watery obstacle course. The varied terrain accommodates riders of all ability levels and lets them progress at their own pace—open waters help beginners refine the basics, and jumps and rails challenge more experienced riders. In addition to supervising the lake, Wake Central's team possesses a stock of gear for sale, such as boards, boots, and helmets.
Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s one-month membership ($59), which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. Two personal training sessions ($35) help self-sculptors attain results. This deal also includes unlimited tanning ($25/month) to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.