Ballyhooed by both Baltimore magazine and City Paper, Stoneleigh Lanes sets the scene for friendly bowling battles in a retro 16-lane alley. Strikers lace up rented kicks and hurl three-hole balls at 10 ivory duckpins. Sixteen-inch cheesy pizzas hush fifth-frame tummy grumbles, and sudsy pitchers of soda quench postpizza thirsts. The alley's BYOB policy lets bowlers imbibe brews brought from home, clearing out refrigerator space to be used for snowball storage. Handwritten scoring and gravity-feed ball returns enhance the spot’s retro charm.
The martial-arts instructors at Maryland Mixed Martial Arts are dedicated solely to improving fighting skills—but don't tell your waistline that. As students pick up potentially life-saving techniques designed to deter and defeat aggressors, their metabolism is vanquishing scores of calories, and their muscles are developing into angular lines of meat and sinew.
Although the instructors take martial arts seriously, they temper their approach to accommodate any level of skill and fitness. In fact, they encourage first-timers to try out a class, extolling the mental and physical gains that occur in their classes almost immediately.
Okello Dunkley designs his workshops for students who have just bought or are thinking of buying a DLSR camera but are mystified by its myriad gadgets and gizmos. The accessible nature of these classes has helped Dunkley spread them into nearly a dozen locations across the Midwest and east coast, where students as young as 12 learn how to take a digital camera off automatic mode and manually manipulate ISO light sensors and aperture openings. More advanced classes delve into working with difficult light?such as cloudy weather or days when the sun is set on strobe light?and others explore how to navigate computer software for photo manipulation.
Towering above the already-imposing 14-screen multiplex of Hoyts West Nursery Cinemas 14 is a luminescent globe encircled by a giant strip of film. It?s a sign of the theater?s mission to create an all-encompassing movie experience. Stadium seating inside every theater gives even the littlest family members undisturbed views of new releases, and digital sound systems broadcast musical numbers, high-tech explosions, and intercom requests to share your Skittles in crystal clarity. At the snack bar, traditional concessions are supplemented by made-to-order Uno pizzas.
The 88’x184’ Mateflex court inside Benfield Sportscenter is a shape-shifter. One day, it might be a full-size soccer field ready for child or adult leagues. The next, it could be a baseball, field hockey, or lacrosse field. Or maybe it'll be split into several different volleyball and basketball courts, with one corner cordoned off for competitive I-spy tournaments. Whatever the sport, Benfield's staff can set up the indoor arena to meet the athletes' needs. Away from the arena, Benfield Sportscenter encompasses a 1,400-square-foot training area with exercise equipment, as well as a lobby with WiFi and a snack bar.
In addition to open sessions and leagues, the staff teaches a carefully designed child-development program for ages 3 to 5. The curriculum starts with a multi-sport class, then moves on to a tri-sport class, before finally placing kids in single-sport sessions. This encourages children to find their ideal sport, whether it's basketball, baseball, hockey, tennis, or lacrosse.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.