As the weather turns cooler, celebrating the season often means bundling up on the couch with a mug of cocoa and a heated book, which is great until stir-craziness sets in. Today's Groupon offers the cure by getting you out of the house and onto the ice with an ice-skating pass and skate rental at Centennial Sportsplex for $4 (an $8 value). Ice skating was invented in 1983 as a means of enjoying the company of others in a cold setting, a goal that Napoleon declared, "The ultimate pursuit, although it inevitably ends in too much fun." Sk8 or Die: Vertical Rush: When a Russian nuclear submarine gets trapped in the arctic ice, the only skater who can get close enough for a rescue attempt is five-time Olympian and U.N. Mercenary John Nash. But who is sending him mysterious text messages about the secrets that lay in wait at the top of the world?Sk8 or Die: Meltdown: John Nash is ready to represent the United States in the Beijing Olympics. But when factory pollution causes massive ice meltage across the nation, Nash is forced to face the deadliest foe of all: climate change.Sk8 or Die: Seventeen-Seventy-Sk8: This time-bending prequel follows John Nash as a voodoo amulet causes him to go back in time and inhabit the body of his great-great-grandfather, a colonel in the Revolutionary War. Released in the United Kingdom as The Skate-triot.
Jambalaya Sports & Entertainment takes workouts out of the box with sports leagues and social events. Participants play a variety of sports including basketball, dodgeball, tennis, and bowling at the facility's indoor courts. Three times a year, the complex also hosts basketball tournaments to raise funds for its Midnight Basketball program for high-risk youth.
Smoky Mountain Tennis Academy’s seasoned professionals introduce adults and novelty miniature adults of all ages to the nuances of tennis with a potpourri of clinics and lessons. The one-hour cardio clinic takes advantage of the sport’s high-energy movements to burn away superfluous calories while building up the stamina to endure perpetually deuced tennis matches or sped-up comedic chase scenes. One-hour Quickstart clinics impart the game’s essential skills and strokes to kids 10 and younger using fun movement activities and games. Eventually, they’ll graduate to playing real matches and—far more eventually—adulthood.
Fort Sanders Health & Fitness Center offers a fun alternative to sitting on the couch and watching a movie: floating in an inner tube and watching a movie. Every year, the gym's heated outdoor pool turns into a "dive-in" theater, where families can lounge on the deck or in the water as a film plays on an inflatable screen.
Of course, the center advocates for more vigorous workouts, too. It has an indoor track, cardio machines, and free weights for visitors of all ages and abilities. Group fitness classes are available throughout the week, from Pilates and yoga to Les Mills BodyPump. Instructors also lead youth programs in tennis, aquatics, and martial arts, keeping kids active and primed for the triathlon portion of family reunions.