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.
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.
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 grounded fitness with weekly yoga classes.
Under the guidance of chief instructor and seasoned mixed-martial-artist Stephen Whittier, students at Nexus practice engaging routines to improve both physical condition and self-defense. The women's fitness boot camp carves fit bodies during 60-minute sessions jam-packed with circuit training, trick roping, and noncontact kickboxing against incorporeal assailants. Students complete one workout per week on their own and attend two weekly sessions, scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, or Saturday morning. Instructors keep classes interesting by varying workouts, and a blend of muscular toning and cardio conditioning help keep legs from outpacing lungs or weary esophagi. After the first six weeks, students can discover noticeable changes in body composition, gaining motivation and losing weight and the tendency to flinch at incoming medicine balls.
At Phoenix Fitness and Performance, visitors swap the usual gym trappings, such as treadmills and ellipticals, for energetic, martial-arts-inspired fitness classes. Both the kickboxing program and Cross-Train fitness boot camp help to boost cardiovascular health and tone muscles, as well as burn calories more effectively than setting all the cookies in your house on fire.
Club members, golfers, and casual diners congregate in LeBaron Hills Country Club's 45,000-square-foot Cape Cod–style clubhouse nestled amid verdant fairways. As members luxuriate in steam rooms and bulk up in the health club, visitors chat in the fireside lounge while waiting on dining reservations. Inside Lilly's restaurant, patrons gaze on the golf course's 18th green while dining on a seasonal menu of sandwiches, steaks, and seafood and discussing whether jumbo shrimp or fried calamari would be easier to drive down the fairway.
Whispering Oak Farm rests on a bucolic 60-acre tract of Massachusetts, setting a beautiful backdrop for head instructor Danielle Mendoza's equine-oriented services, including lessons, training, showing, and boarding. Since taking up horseback riding at the age of 6, Danielle has amassed a number of career accomplishments in the arenas of hunt seat, western pleasure, and saddle seat, and at one point held three consecutive Lady Greymist Memorial Challenge trophies. Lessons provide a forum for Danielle to spread her lifelong love of horses and pass on her mastery of each discipline. She can tailor teachings to the goals of each student, whether they include riding for fun or to escape pitchfork-wielding mobs of cable bill collectors. Beginning riders must start in private lessons and may graduate to group lessons when they are deemed ready.