TKO Fitness uppercuts stale exercise routines to the mat with group classes, open-gym time, and laser-focused personal-training programs that home in on two things: health and comfort. Brimming with encouragement, every session provides a different total-body challenge. Cross-training classes, for instance, combine kickboxing, cardio drills, and weight training into intense fat-burning workouts. Kickboxing classes, on the other hand, strap pads and gloves onto participants, and circuit-training sessions pump up the heart with round after round of cardio. In addition to its classes, TKO arms students with a six-week fighter-training program, which preps boxers to step into the ring or substitute for their knocked-out Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robot.
TRIO Cafe & Lounge is the brainchild of brothers Tony and Paul Rodrigues and their childhood friend, Brian Carvalho. The trio sought to replicate a European-style eatery and lounge in Massachusetts, complete with chic decor, contemporary cuisine, and innovative cocktails. Abstract art speckles the walls of each location's sleek space, where diners sit on cushy couches and clink glasses of sangria over raw oysters and peppercorn-encrusted steaks.
As one of planet Earth's largest historic naval-ship exhibits, Battleship Cove immerses visitors in an authentic World War II experience. Both sides of the battle are represented via legendary warships, an aircraft, and a submarine, offering forth their mysterious interiors to history mavens and the combat-curious alike. Battleship Cove also houses one of the largest veterans' oral-history archives in New England, proffering reminiscences of war heroes, including Dom DiMaggio (brother of Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio) and John McCain. The gift shop makes newly acquired lessons last with memorable tokens such as personalized dog tags ($7) and teakwood desk accessories made from the original decking of the U.S.S. Massachusetts ($19.95), not to mention the ghosts of a thousand metaphor-spewing albatrosses.
Harbor Queen Cruises' namesake cruise boat Harbor Queen slices through the sparkling waters of Narragansett Bay during daytime jaunts or evening soirees. Passengers can take to the high seas for dining and drinks during dinner or brunch cruises, or wander the two climate-controlled decks during cocktail parties. Harbor Queen Cruises makes parties memorable with the help of an onboard chef, who crafts buffet-style meals and New England–style clambakes, and a complimentary parrot for every guest’s shoulder.
Armed with safe BB guns, airsoft combatants storm Ultimate Battle Ground's two simulated combat zones, each fully stocked with war-ready bunkers, hideouts, and spacious battlegrounds. Similar to paintball, airsoft is a recreational sport that consists of overpowering opponents with team strategy, shooting, and secret signals using birdsong. At Ultimate Battle Ground's 90-acre outdoor facility, pellet punishers perch atop watchtowers or traverse rolling woodlands and war-ravaged sites including a firebase, medical center, fuel depot, and a downed airplane. The 12,000-square-foot indoor facility, on the other hand, allows adversaries to lay siege to a mock city named Urbanville. POW camp setups and a trench complex add realistic touches to plundered boroughs.
Equipment: Treadmills, ellipticals, free weights, circuits, boxing, and MMA equipment
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We are not the "cookie-cutter" gym. We have strength training equipment from Cybex, Life Fitness, Free Motion and Hammer Strength for traditional bodybuilding. We also have treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and rowing machines from True Fitness, Star Trac, and Life Fitness. There is a separate area dedicated to those that enjoy "functional training" which is designed to prepare members for obstacle course endurance races or their specific sport. We also have an area designed for combat sports such as Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. Our combat athletes range from beginners to professional fighters and have competed in Strikeforce, Bellator and the UFC. We truly have everything under one roof with an ego free environment that is open to everyone.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
We were featured on the MTV reality show "I Used To Be Fat" where the contestant lost 75 pounds in four months with our Muay Thai kickboxing and strength and conditioning program. We've had numerous clients completely transform their bodies because we provide a team like atmosphere where everyone learns and helps each other reach their goals.
Has your business won any awards?
Our competition team has competed in numerous body building shows, obstacle course endurance races, kickboxing events, and mixed martial arts competitions at the amateur and professional level.