A climber slowly ascends a steep rockface, supporting all his weight on the smallest of footholds. Ignoring the heights, he searches for another place to grasp, finding purchase on an oval stone. His final step to the top rewards him with the thrilling satisfaction of beating the beastly incline and views of children running across the floor.
Carabiner's Indoor Climbing rock gym, one of the tallest in New England, brings the sport of rock scaling to urban residents. Walls that range from 15- to 65-feet tall grant visitors of all skill levels climbing routes that strengthen muscles, improve body awareness, and serve as a training ground for the NYPD’s Spider-Man division.
Certified climbers start visitors on their paths to climbing autonomy with personal belay classes that cover basics and safety tips. The gyms also offer a full-schedule of fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, pole dancing, martial arts, and family fitness classes.
Incandescent fish, turtles, and dolphins illuminate the underwater-themed wonder worlds of Oceans 18’s glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course and two lanes of mini bowling that provide indoor fun year-round. Oceans 18 keeps links-lovers entertained with a full-size golf simulator while mini bowling promises all the fun of the alley without the hassle of wearing rental shoes or a bedazzled bowling glove. Patrons can also carry on their competitive spirit in Oceans 18’s extensive arcade.
Lance Soares' Family Martial Arts Center teaches karate, fighter fit, and mixed martial arts self-defense to students of all ages, specializing in classes for kids and teens. Its motivational children's classes use karate and martial-arts techniques to help youngsters hone their motor skills, coordination, and self-discipline. The adult and teen classes teach the fundamentals of kenpo karate, with kicks, jabbing punches, and combo moves. For an added treat, the center hosts kids' birthday parties, complete with karate training, cake, and games such as Freeze Tag or Pin the Tail on Jackie Chan.
Hawthorne Country Club's 9-hole course unfolds across a 54-acre parcel of countryside that incorporates thick clusters of woods, stone-lined ponds, and picturesque views of the valley. The nine fairways coil around the club's crown jewel: the clubhouse with ample deck seating and interior accommodations. Here visitors can soak in sights of the Paskamansett Valley through the dining room's floor-to-ceiling windows while also making sure golf carts don't try to sneak out after curfew. In May, the club will open a new golf restaurant with outdoor seating and fire pits.
Equipment: Treadmills, ellipticals, free weights, circuits, boxing, and MMA equipment
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We are not the "cookie-cutter" gym. We have strength training equipment from Cybex, Life Fitness, Free Motion and Hammer Strength for traditional bodybuilding. We also have treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and rowing machines from True Fitness, Star Trac, and Life Fitness. There is a separate area dedicated to those that enjoy "functional training" which is designed to prepare members for obstacle course endurance races or their specific sport. We also have an area designed for combat sports such as Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. Our combat athletes range from beginners to professional fighters and have competed in Strikeforce, Bellator and the UFC. We truly have everything under one roof with an ego free environment that is open to everyone.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
We were featured on the MTV reality show "I Used To Be Fat" where the contestant lost 75 pounds in four months with our Muay Thai kickboxing and strength and conditioning program. We've had numerous clients completely transform their bodies because we provide a team like atmosphere where everyone learns and helps each other reach their goals.
Has your business won any awards?
Our competition team has competed in numerous body building shows, obstacle course endurance races, kickboxing events, and mixed martial arts competitions at the amateur and professional level.
At USA Karate, which formed in 1990, a team of black-belt instructors leads more than 25 martial-arts classes every week, teaching students proper karate techniques as well as self-discipline. The schedule includes both adult karate classes and kids' classes for students as young as 4.