As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
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.
As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
Texas Health & Racquet Club's owner, Randall Lavender, started his fitness career in the Navy, where he developed exercise regimens to keep men, women, and submarines in tip-top shape. At Texas Health & Racquet Club, his dedication to fitness is readily apparent: besides providing guests with access to state-of-the-art resistance training equipment, free weights, and cardiovascular machines, the gym offers a diverse array of group fitness classes ranging in discipline from cycling and body combat to Zumba and yoga. The crew at Texas Health & Racquet Club also offer personal training sessions, as well as other amenities that help make exercising easier, such as child-care and nutritional guidance. Members can also make use of on-site basketball and racquetball courts, and, afterward, they can relax in the sauna or atop the gym's hydro massage bed, which can help relieve pain and stress in just 10 minutes.
Hogs. Feral hogs everywhere. That's the problem that faces agricultural landowners in Texas right now. Lonestar Helicopter Hunter blossomed from this problem, and its staff of active duty and ex-military personnel began hunting hogs from the passenger seats of their helicopter to help battle the destructive populations. In addition to helping farmers, the group realized how powerful the adrenaline rush was and started teaching other hunters and marksmen the challenging hunting style. Soon they came up with a paintball-based version, which equips adrenaline-seekers with markers, paintballs, and a field of stationary targets to aim at, providing the same kind of excitement as the real hunt. In addition to aerial target practice, Lonestar's expert pilots also license and certify burgeoning helicopter pilots with private, commercial, and certified instructor courses.
Sessions at Personal Picasso turn painting into a party as an instructor guides participants toward creating their own masterpieces. During the lesson, painters are encouraged to sip BYO drinks, alcoholic or otherwise, and chat with fellow artists. Whether hosting a public session or a private party, Personal Picasso supplies all brushes, canvases, cups, cutlery, and corkscrews.