Inside Bikram Yoga’s two practice spaces, instructors crank up the thermostat to sultry temperatures to loosen up students’ muscles during 90-minute yoga sessions, helping increase flexibility and range of motion while building muscle tone. Instructors pay special attention to coaching newbies during each class, teaching Bikram’s 26 postures and two breathing exercises to help students of all fitness levels stretch out joints or baby injuries and appendages put out of commission due to hostile negotiations during teamwork-building human knots. Each instructor trained directly under Bikram Choudhury—the creator of Bikram Yoga—to ensure that pupils receive safe, easy-to-follow instruction that bolsters health and clears minds.
Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
Auburn Yoga & Pilates Center owner Jennifer Fleury-Lawson fulfills her passion for teaching while creating a community of yogis so dedicated to improving their physical and mental health they earned the studio the Auburn Chamber of Commerce's award for Best Fitness Facility four years in a row. Along with a skilled staff of instructors, Jennifer oversees a schedule of low-impact workout regimens that includes a mélange of dynamic and restorative yoga styles, Pilates mat sessions, and spinning classes capable of leaving students of all skill and fitness levels as breathless as an easily startled blowfish.
Everybody's Fitness Center's owner really wanted to make a fitness center that had something for everybody, and so they traveled to over 50 health clubs around the country to borrow the best ideas. The assembled amenities include certified fitness and weight-loss coaches who provide modern workouts for clients on equally modern equipment, including cardio machines with iPod docks and individual TVs. There's also an internet cafe for after-workout browsing, perhaps while one enjoys one of the healthy smoothies from the smoothie bar.
Seasoned ace Jim Fenner steadies unstable swings and smoothens out wobbly putts with lessons tailored to individuals, groups, or players hoping to address specific ailments within their golf game. A veritable Johnny Appleseed of golf, the passionate pedagogue roams about courses and teaching centers throughout the greater Worcester area, spreading golf wisdom and burying dimpled orbs that soon blossom into VHS copies of The Legend of Bagger Vance. Clients can catch Jim refining pupils' motions or remedying trust issues between clubs and their owner at the indoor golf simulator of XGolf of New England, where he hibernates during the off-season chill.
Some of the most surprising stats at Top Prospect Baseball & Softball Academy have nothing to do with batting average. Its square footage is impressive—the indoor baseball-softball facility covers 17,500. Its number of practice tunnels is no slouch, with eight, each 70 feet long and outfitted with pitching machines, L-screens, and pitching mounds. There are also more than a few baseball and softball clinics held there, in addition to pitching, hitting, and fielding lessons scheduled year-round.