At the Columbia Association, visitors find not only a place to work out, swim, or enjoy the great outdoors, but a place to connect with the local community and get to know their neighbors. Families take in live music by the lakefront during summer festivals, or glide across the ice at the public rink. Meanwhile, aspiring athletes build muscle, flexibility, and form with practice at indoor and outdoor tennis courts, or regular trips to the high-tech Columbia Gym. Columbia Association also helps its members maintain a healthy lifestyle with a wide variety of facilities, including nearby golf courses, 23 swimming pools, and even an attached horse center, where humans can learn to ride and horses can get in shape for swimsuit season.
At Friendship Center of Lower Paxton Township, exercisers have numerous options when it comes to getting fit and staying fit. An enormous natatorium sits at the heart of the 62,000-square-foot facility, complete with a water park area and 100-foot water slide. Away from the pools, visitors can work up a sweat inside the facility's weight and fitness area, basketball gymnasium, or aerobics studio, where dance classes and other fitness classes frequently unfold.
Nestled amid freshly manicured lawns and lush overhanging greenery, Boiling Springs welcomes swimmers to its family-friendly pools, three waterslides, and full-service snack area. Eschew Crisco-slathered skids down school stairwells in favor of water-sloshing sprees down the enclosed 130-foot Nightmare, the open-flume 232-foot Daydream, or the double-twisted 90-foot USA Slide. Each plummet deposits dunkers into one of Boiling Springs’ four swimming sectors, which include a main 150'x50' pool as well as a miniature lagoon for pint-sized paddlers. Sun-soakers can smoothly tip shades when admiring the newly-installed decks, or indulge in a post-swim feast from the on-site snack bar, chock-full of ice cream, grilled fare, and refillable sports bottles. Boiling Springs Pool is open Memorial Day through Labor Day; guests can check the calendar for specific hours.
Rather than tethering clients to treadmills or parking trainees in front of flat-screen TVs, CrossFit Perseverance builds strong, healthy bodies through functional movements and intense cardio and strength exercises. Students tackle an ever-changing workout of the day (or WOD) to keep muscles and minds engaged, incorporating moves such as dead lifts, squats, and sprints.
Hockessin Athletic Club is an innovative facility sprawled across 12 acres that border an accessible state park. Members can enjoy access to more than 100 group fitness classes weekly (yoga, zumba, aqua fitness, kickboxing, and more), 90 pieces of cardio equipment complete with personal viewing screens, a five-pool aquatic complex, plus steam rooms, saunas, and facilities for basketball and soccer. To recoup after any sweaty session, members can soothe muscles over with professional massage services (for an additional cost) or snacks at the full-service café. For complete info, view the schedules for all activities online.
With two locations, the Kirkwood Fitness and Racquetball Clubs allows guests of all fitness levels to work toward getting healthy with a range of amenities. Members can raise heart rates using cardio equipment, tone muscles during water aerobics classes, relax in the sauna, or sample a soothing yoga class. Personal trainers can work one-on-one with members to help customize a workout routine, or just supervise the overly confident free weights when they attempt to lift themselves.