A two-tiered driving range and two 18-hole miniature-golf courses welcome visitors to Branchburg Family Golf Center’s 27-acre golf complex for game improvement and friendly competition. Each tier at the range comprises more than 30 hitting stalls and features a natural-grass tee area that remains open from April through September. In colder months, 12 recently installed heaters keep golfers cozy or help them sweat off pounds to drop a weight class in golf-cart jousting. Professional instructors roll in when players reach an improvement plateau, offering their keen expertise to develop consistent swings that lead to lower scores.
The center’s two miniature-golf courses summon putts past crashing waterfalls and through lush landscapes, fostering a sense of friendly competition in a pint-sized oasis. When swatting stationary spheres becomes too easy, visitors can head over to the batting facility to work on baseball swings and tackle techniques when charging the mound at a cyborg pitcher.:m]]
Starfish Aquatic Club doesn't exist within a single building; rather, it connects a network of pools and veteran instructors with students aged 6 months and older for lessons that develop and hone vital swimming skills. Instruction primarily occurs in private lessons for kids or adults, which feature one-on-one in-water instruction doled out in 20- to 30-minute chunks. Instructors also schedule small-group lessons for kids, focusing on general technique progression with no more than four students at once. Their parent-child class gives caregivers the opportunity to splash around with kids, though all other lessons prohibit moms and dads from being in the pool at the same time to avoid distracting the youths with retro swimwear. Typically, full sessions take place once a week for four weeks. Instructors also hold pay-as-you-go lessons for those who only want a couple of days of instruction.
When Hillsborough Pool, Racquet & Fitness opened in 1979, it was solely a racquetball venue. Since then, renovations have morphed the building into a 25,000-square-foot fitness mecca. The facility now boasts a revamped façade, a nursery, remodeled locker rooms, and a fitness area furnished with Life Fitness cardio and strength-training machines. Instructors stage spinning, yoga, Zumba, and Pilates classes inside fitness studios and aqua-aerobics classes in the indoor 55’x25’ pool, which also houses the facility’s resident humpback whale.
Enlightenment means many things to many people. To some, an epiphany can be learning a new Vulcan word, and then using it in a sentence. But to Buddhists, enlightenment is a constant state of being. Dakini—the tantric deity for whom this Warren-based dance studio is named—is typically considered to be the female manifestation of just that perpetual enlightened energy. In Sanskrit, the word Dakini can also mean "sky dancer."
Dakini Movement founder Jeanine Caparoso trained as a yoga instructor before learning of the Dakini deity. Her studies on this emblem of femininity inspired her to explore pole dancing as a mode of empowerment. Today, Jeanine joins a team of similarly passionate instructors in leading classes that inspire women of all shapes to feel sensual in their given skin.
After high school, Michael Richardson spent the next 15 years training show horses and winning a bushel of regional trophies at Richardson Stables. He eventually moved to Frenchtown, New Jersey, where he worked for Revelation Farm as a trainer and met his future wife, Jessie Kieren, who pioneered Revelation’s riding program. Fusing components of their respective last names, they founded Kierson Farm, whose verdant greens and indoor heated facilities house a fleet of trained American saddlebred show horses that ferry riders of all ability levels. The farm’s boarding services demonstrate their dedication to caring for hooved friends by delegating one staff member for every five horses, ensuring that each steed receives tender attention when not studying pig Latin.
The Hybrid Academy of Mixed Martial Arts curriculum caters not just to young and adult martial-arts students, but also to those simply looking for a new approach to get in shape. Instructors teach discipline and self-confidence to kids through martial arts; the same goes for teens, who set goals and learn to be leaders in upper-level classes. There are martial-arts sessions for adults, too, as well as calorie-torching kickboxing classes and boot camp, which combines cardio with strength training, interval training, and cross-training for a full-body workout.