With its hardwood floors and brick walls, Title Boxing Club could be a cozy living room—it weren't for the rows upon rows of punching bags. The fitness center's group workouts focus on boxing and kickboxing; boxing sessions hinge on a series of three-minute bag rounds, and kickboxing sessions cover classic maneuvers, including roundhouses and back kicks. Personal-training sessions offer more one-on-one attention, with workouts tailored to the client's individual needs.
In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their children's development, their kids learn to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of their preschool knitting circles.
The staff at Cain Park Bicycle stocks bikes and bike accessories for pedal pushers of all stripes. Acquire an adult-oriented velocipede such as the Bianchi C2C Via Nirone 7 2300 ($650), or teach a tot about the liberating loneliness of the open road with a Kazam Kid's balance bike ($75). The two-wheeled emporium proffers bikes from Biria, Rocky Mountain, and Miele, among other well-known brands, and delights in fixing up ailing cycles of any make, whether they need a tune-up or complete rebuild.
Many of Marlynna Waller’s young riders begin lessons soft-voiced and shy. But those traits quickly dissipate in the arena. “There has to be constant communication between horse, rider, and instructor,” says Waller of her lessons. The award-winning rider has trained students for a decade and has seen many of them bloom into skilled riders whose confidence extends beyond the arena.
Waller recognizes that every rider comes to her stable with different goals, so she tailors her lessons to the rider’s aspirations: training without stirrups, for instance, helps students strengthen their legs. Gentle trots offer slow-paced relaxation, while jumping offers an unparalleled adrenaline rush. Regardless of the itinerary, Waller strives to foster a safe learning environment where students can decide which area of equestrianism they wish to pursue, be it dressage or carousel operations.
Highland Golf Course pleases the eyes with scenic views of hills and lush woods. The two available 18-hole par 71 courses include a 6,322 yard valley course, as well as a 6,740 yard links course. A full service kitchen allows golfers to stop in for a bite to eat between holes, and a banquet room and catering services are available for special events.
Aerobic kickboxing melds martial arts with time-tested workout regimens and enhances the scene with energizing tunes. While improving flexibility and battling body enemies such as heart disease, kickboxing annihilates up to 800 calories in one hour, scorching the evidence of midnight bakery raids. The certified fitness pros at Asian Sun inject cardio-fit kickboxing classes with punches, jabs, and kicks that tone physiques and arm fitness seekers with a self-defense artillery to ward off hordes of alley-lurking trolls.
The downtown lounge and golfery boasts six high-def golf simulators—massive windows that transport you into the scenic world of one of 16 top golf courses—along with a full menu of spectator fare in a fun and casual environment. During your retreat from the unmanicured greens of the everyday, you and your three closest friends or parolees will get four hours to play 18-hole golf on one of the course simulators; choose to use the lounge’s provided clubs, or bring your own for optimal swinging success (up to an $86 value). Shoot a fake round among the dramatic beauty of Pebble Beach or the lush tropical sights of Miami’s Blue Monster. When your ball touches the screen, the simulator picks it up and carries it to the exact locale on the virtual course—based on your sphere’s speed, height, and velocity—allowing you to show off, swagger, or cower in shame at your real-life abilities on the simulated greens.