The Neves family is a black-belt family, with more degrees than a thermometer. Manny Neves holds an eighth-degree black belt in the uechi-ryu karate style, and his wife, Sheila, is a sixth-degree black belt in the style. Even their daughter, Juliana—a first-degree black belt herself—has several Grand Champion awards in forms, fighting, and weapons. Though you wouldn't want to get caught in a street fight with any of them, the emphasis of their style is on etiquette and self-control rather than brute force. The Academy also offers yoga classes to tone the physique and promote deep relaxation.
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.
Co-founded in 1954 by the master of dance himself, Mr. Fred Astaire, we strive to continue the same standards of excellence in dance instruction. The teaching methods and dance curriculum created by Mr. Fred Astaire are still being used today to make our students the most confident and stylish dancers they can be.
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.
An 18-hole layout that has earned plaudits from The Boston Globe and The New England Journal of Golf, Atlantic Country Club unfurls a circuit of bent-grass fairways and greens across 178 acres of rolling terrain. Mature trees pinch these fairways throughout the course, impeding the passage of wayward golf balls or carts hauling heavy loads of bacon to the clubhouse. The team behind these features is the prolific architectural trio of Cornish, Silva, and Mungeam, who designed the course to be a narrative. It begins with an easy starting hole, with the most difficult hole (the par-four 8th) positioned in the middle of the round. Games conclude with a dramatic finish at the 18th, a par-four known as being the second most difficult hole. After playing, golfers can relax at the bar and grille, where an outdoor deck overlooks the 9th and 18th greens.
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.
The savvy staff at Spark Bike Run Sports furthers athletic pursuits with top-of-the-line track and wheel gear and carefully rendered cycling services. Spark's signature service, the Pro-Clean Tech Tune, refurbishes velocipedes in like-new condition with a professional-level clean performed without disassembly, a comprehensive safety check, and a squeeze bottle of champagne to squirt over the chassis. After drying, bipedal steeds are treated to an essential readjustment of the brakes, derailleurs, shifters, and bottom bracket, as well as a wheel alignment, readying bikes for a long winter of traversing icy roads and avoiding hitchhiking snowmen on the highway.