At Thunder Sports and Fitness, the NSCA-certified fitness instructors schedule personal-training sessions and group fitness classes such as Zumba. But that's not the only way to burn calories and obtain abs that can withstand a cannonball at the town fair. Exercisers can also sign up for self-defense classes such as kickboxing, boxing, and Brazilian jujitsu.
More than 560 horses come to life when you ignite the engine inside one of The Racing School's authentic stock cars. The ensuing roar engulfs the entire vehicle, and your body rumbles as you grab the steering wheel and look towards the track. No stop signs. No pace cars. Just grip the steering wheel and drive—a race-car driver is born.
The Racing School has facilitated more than 14 years of thrilling moments just like this (and documented many of them on video). The staff here consists of current and former professional racers, who teach novices how to handle traditional stock cars, racing trucks, and other high-octane vehicles. Once instructors cover acceleration, braking, warp speed, and the other essentials, training culminates with a driving experience at professional-level tracks, including Waterford Speedbowl, Devils Bowl Speedway, and Thompson Speedway. Here, the experts give newbies the freedom to drive like pros, encouraging passing and letting drivers set their own pace.
Armed with chrome dance poles, LadyCat instructors transform ordinary homes into bachelorette and birthday parties. As a DJ spins, so do the partiers, who are taught by pole professors to execute their own saucy routines. Party-package extras include special dance props, chilled bottles of champagne, and gifts for guests.
Signature service: Martial arts, self-defense, and fitness
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Brands Used: Well-equipped 1,600 sq. ft. facility with a guest viewing area
Pro Tip: We're the creators of "Escape Alive Survival Skills"—a self-defense program offered throughout CT.
“Other communities looking to establish museums preserving their regional culture and history would do well to visit The Mattatuck Museum,” raves the New England Travels about the Connecticut treasure. The Museum’s educational programs, rotating exhibits, and permanent collections showcasing over 2,000 works of American art focus on preserving and sharing Connecticut’s cultural history. Members receive free admission and discounts on programs and events including readings of Shakespearian plays, walking tours of local neighborhoods, regular live jazz performances, and field trips to go bully Rhode Island, Connecticut’s diminutive neighbor.
Planet Fitness embodies a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can sculpt their physiques with myriad aerobic and strength-training options within a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Patrons may tone and strengthen muscles by pushing and pulling the extensive selection of brand-name equipment and free weights. With the help of an instructor, guests can design a custom workout program based on exercise history to help them achieve their varying fitness goals. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and full-body circuit workouts.