Founded by NFL veteran Don Beebe and athletic expert Dr. Jeffrey Schutt, House of Speed forges sportspeople of all stripes into world-class athletes with specialized equipment and personalized performance tracking. Once Steve Halloran and his crew arrange sweat donors into small groups of 5–25 (with at least one trainer for every 10–15 athletes), he targets a slew of individual body areas with an optimized warm-up. The PowerPull resistance machine teaches nimble feet to run with correct form and mechanics and the Bear squat machine's angled footplate takes stress off of the back and knees and boosts vertical propulsion for more satisfying high-fives with blimp pilots. Dartfish instant video feedback lets trainees review every juke, jump, and follow-through. House of Speed's proprietary MySpeed web application tracks progress using comprehensive data from eight core drills, allowing participants to compare their stats with those of nationwide competitors.
Since opening in 1998, House of Speed locations have trained more than 40,000 athletes, including Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and former Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner. The Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams, and the University of Illinois have also used House of Speed's off-season training programs to keep players out of summer bicycle gangs and seedy all-night fireplace stores.
The 18 holes at Tanglewood Golf Course careen through a natural terrain characterized by rolling hills and densely wooded acreage. Before a single fairway was mown, a single hole was cut, or a single gopher was moved in from the local zoo, the course was the vision of the Clingan family, who saw the land's potential in 1963. Today, more than half a century later, players continue to challenge themselves on the 6,070-yard layout. Course highlights include a birdie-prone par 5 ninth hole, just 425 yards, and a 330-yard par 4 13th hole, which might be reachable in one shot for long hitters and golfers who play uplifting music for their golf balls when they're not playing.
Four-year-olds scamper across ATA Black Belt Academy's padded floors, dressed in white robes and kicking with all the strength in their little legs. Instructors lead students of all ages through three separate classes divided by age. Students 4–6 develop coordination and motor skills in the Tiny Tigers program, before graduating into the Karate for Kids classes for ages 7–12. Adults and teens train together in the tae kwon do classes.