Since 1979, the staff of Lehigh Valley Racquet and Fitness Clubs has made it their mission to obliterate any barriers keeping their members from working out. Each club is open 24 hours a day year-round, with free childcare available during specific times of day. That commitment to availability helps even the busiest people find time to hop on Hammer Strength and Cybex strength-training circuits, StairMasters, and other equipment. Group fitness classes get students sweating as they execute punches in Turbo Kick cardio-kickboxing sessions or dance to Zumba's Latin-inspired workouts. Full-body boot-camp workouts are also available, mixing in calisthenics, strength training, and agility drills to continuously challenge bodies. All of the clubs? personal trainers hold bachelor's degrees in health-related fields or have national certifications from accredited organizations.
After their workouts, members can unwind in the whirlpool, sauna, or steam rooms, then drop off their free rental towels for cleaning. For sports lovers, the Allentown location also boasts basketball, volleyball, squash, and badminton courts, as well as 11 outdoor and 8 indoor tennis courts.
Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
The instructors at Leading Edge Martial Arts believe all MMA should be done in the name of one common goal: self-defense. Rather than prepare their students for competition, they teach the techniques of kickboxing, judo, and jiujitsu as a means of protection. That's where the similarity between adult and youth classes ends, though. The trainers promote confidence and discipline to kids, while emphasizing fitness and stress relief for adults. The adult Cage Fitness program, for instance, torches calories with 30 minutes of intense interval training, split across five-minute sections. They also offer a modified version for children, designed to instill confidence and empathy for birds.
Since its inception in 1919, the historic Oakmont Tennis Club has improved ball-smacking skills and boosted camaraderie and sportsmanship amongst racket-swingers. Tennis pros such as George Henry, once the coach of Venus and Serena Williams, use Oakmont's soft ground of seven maintained red-clay courts for instruction and one-on-one domination. With single or family membership, you’ll get use of the clubhouse, unlimited court time, and discounted rates on lessons. Members can use Oakmont's comfy clubhouse to take a brisk shower, secure their five-leaf clover once kissed by John McEnroe in one of the lockers, and stroll around the wraparound deck.
There's no shortage of martial-arts disciplines to be mastered at Lehigh Valley Martial Arts. Students can opt to take kung fu, karate, tai chi, or qi gong, depending on the location they attend. Expert instructors promote a motivating and inviting atmosphere by helping participants of all experience levels improve or learn new skills.
Mulligan's Family Golf Center beckons to birdie-hunters with a scaled-down golf course, an 18-hole mini-golf circuit, and a full-length driving range. With its longest hole measuring in at 108 yards, the center's 9-hole Chip-n-Putt course fosters short-game refinement, as players send balls somersaulting onto small greens from artificial tees or out of one of the layout's three sand traps. Mulligan's graciously rents out golf balls (a $0.50 deposit each, refunded when balls are returned) for use on the course, saving players the hassle of buying their own sleeve or chiseling a bocce ball down to the right size.
For more pressure-free swing practice, Mulligan's 30-stall driving range lets clubbers dial in their wedges, irons, woods, and mannequin legs with five signs demarcating yardages all the way back to the 250-yard terminus. The center also encompasses an 18-hole mini-golf course, where putt-putt posses crouch to demystify tricky breaking putts while the burbling sounds of waterfalls, fountains, and streams set a tranquil tone.