The pen is mightier than the sword, but that’s only because the pen spends three nights per week bench-pressing paper clips. Stay in tiptop sharp-object-dodging shape with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get a three-month full club individual membership (a $180 value, including initiation fees and taxes) and a four-week session of the adult level one tennis clinic (a $46 value) at Court Yard Sportsplex in West Chester (a $226 total value).
Court Yard Sportsplex's exercise aficionados guide members toward more fit figures with classes, sports leagues, and an array of athletic amenities. The included four-week, level-one tennis clinic schools wrists in racquet fundamentals on the indoor and outdoor courts. Float, backstroke or invisible-kayak through the heated outdoor pool, which is accompanied by a smaller toddler pool for pintsize paddlers. Instructors of yoga, Pilates, Zumba, kickboxing and other classes guide muscles and minds through cardiovascular curriculums, while the fitness center promotes solo sweating. Like VIP guests at the varsity lunch table, full club members enjoy access to the racquetball, volleyball, and basketball courts.
Complimentary childcare—available on weekday mornings and evenings—and reduced tennis-court fees for members further increase the appeal of lobbing green orbs at white rectangles. Organized teams, leagues and round robins for racquetball and tennis create opportunities for healthy competition (participation fees vary) and provide ample practice time for polite, Elizabethan trash talking.
Court Yard Sportsplex
Throughout the 11 courts lined up inside and outside of Court Yard Sportsplex, tennis balls thwack against rackets swung by players in private lessons, instructional clinics, and competitive interclub matches. Elsewhere, cardio and weightlifting machines whir with the effort of exercisers, and the squeak of tennis shoes echoes upon basketball and racquetball courts. In the heated outdoor pool—open Memorial Day through Labor Day—younger kids splash in the 3- to 5-foot waters during beginners' swim lessons, while older kids sluice through the water with instruction on a variety of strokes. Music emanates from classrooms, where a Joffrey Ballet–trained instructor orchestrates youth ballet classes and adults embrace personalized instruction with ballroom-dancing lessons. After any activity, members can soothe exerted muscles with the onsite massage therapist, who calms muscles with one of nine modalities and essential oils infused with lullabies.