At Second Wind Yoga, students unroll their mats in a carpeted studio lit by soft lamps. Instructors walk them step by step through the poses and breath work of various styles, including Hatha, Vinyasa, and gentle yoga. They also offer chair yoga and hot yoga, whose high temperatures induce sweating to help flush out bodily toxins.
After years of experience in the fitness industry, Karen Ollari opened Knock Out Fitness to provide a welcoming space for people to get fit while having fun. Within a studio flooded by natural light, she and her team lead up to 30 students in Pilates, boot-camp, kickboxing, and TRX workouts that tone muscles with the forces of gravity. Dance-fitness instructors, meanwhile, teach the basics of Middle Eastern movements in belly-dance classes and lead Latin-inspired routines in Zumba sessions set to global party beats. Alternatively, personal training is available for clients who prefer one-on-one workouts tailored to their specific fitness goals.
The studio also throws high-energy ZumbAtomic birthday parties for kids aged 4–14, offering a healthy alternative to traditional celebrations that involve candy-filled piñatas and frosting-filled dunk tanks.
Edward and Kristine Mele were driving their son to baseball practice one day when a downpour caused the team to relocate to indoor batting cages. This serendipitous change led the Mele family past Sand Trap Mini Golf, which was derelict and for sale. Within a week, the Meles owned the course. Gathering up their sons, daughters, siblings, and friends, the couple renovated the grounds, removing the debris and haunted windmills that littered the place. Today, Sand Trap's gleaming 18-hole course draws families and friends outdoors to revel in spirited competition. As they progress through the course, Coca-Cola beverages and Blue Bunny ice cream help visitors keep cool and stop them from burrowing into a bunker hidden beneath the 18th hole.
At Agawam Municipal Golf Course, an American flag billows high above the pristine white clubhouse's back porch, where players can quaff postround drinks as they watch their peers hole out and head in for the day. The 18-hole course drapes over rolling hills marked by dense forest along each fairway, forcing players to keep their drives straight or risk having their golf balls snatched by hungry Sasquatches.
Course at a Glance: