Seven days a week, crowds gather at Batter Up to sink winding putts and take mighty cuts, thanks to a 18-hole mini-golf course and a row of baseball and softball batting cages. The cages are open for solo swingers, but whole teams are also welcome to reserve several pitching machines at once to practice syncing their swings for the seventh-inning stretch's big dance number. Team training is also available through the Batter Up Academy, which seeks to kick-start diamond dynasties via lessons in hitting, pitching, and catching. Next to the cages, a mini-golf course winds along a verdant landscape decorated with shrubs and flowers.
Gleaning attention from media outlets such as Sports Illustrated, ESPN Radio, and the Washington Post, not to mention endorsements from major-league players such as Mariano Rivera, Manny Ramirez, and Mike Bordick, Frozen Ropes has gained a nationwide reputation thanks largely to its unique training model. Coaches from all baseball and softball backgrounds integrate instructional elements ranging from basic strength conditioning to biomechanics and sports psychology, helping students build their skills the same way dentists do—through a scientific approach to relentless drilling. Since 1989, the program has been used to help novices and professional-level players produce more of the company's namesake, the “frozen rope”—slang for a hard-hit line drive or a strong throw. At each of the company's nationwide facilities, instructors must complete Frozen Ropes' comprehensive curriculum—including hours of classroom instruction, shadowing, and mock lessons—before they can even begin teaching students the proper way to eat sunflower seeds.
The expert coaches at Revolution Athletics help athletes of all ages and sports preferences fine-tune their game with activity-specific training. Their impressive facility boasts 5,500 square feet of indoor turf and thousands of pounds of weights. The coaches also work with athletes to improve their speed and agility with age-specific training groups.
Prospect Sports lacks the elements every baseball player dreams of—the smell of freshly mowed grass beneath their cleats, half-eaten pretzels hurling over their heads, rows of seats that seem to never stop climbing into the sky. But that's because the facility intentionally eschews such romantic distractions in order to foster an ideal training environment, which in turn fosters better athletes. Amid a top-notch synthetic turf that plays like real grass and an adjustable netting system that snakes across 25,000 square feet of space, players hone their skills through performance training, video analysis, and private lessons that focus on specific aspects of sports including baseball and softball. The center also offers a "Build-a-Player" program, which integrates skill and performance training into one program to develop well-rounded athletes that can handle the pro leagues' 400-pound baseballs made of solid gold.
Relaxing and working out don't usually go hand-in-hand, but things aren't usual at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers. As soon as visitors set foot in the Mind Body Studio, they're set at ease by a modern lounge area, which boasts sleek bamboo floors, exposed brick walls, and sprigs of verdant plants. Inside the workout space, classes such as yoga and the barre method emphasize the mind-body connection. The Nalini Method classes also push students toward inner harmony with a combination of Pilates, aerobics, barre work, and yoga, helping students de-stress while toning limbs and burning calories without ever tossing any cheesecakes into open flames.
Since its founding nearly a century ago, the Stamford Jewish Community Center (JCC) has served as a focal point for the local Jewish community and a welcoming educational and fitness center for visitors of all faiths and backgrounds. Here, kids can play in early childhood classes, or learn to swim with youth aquatics lessons in the indoor pool. Forge new friendships with teammates in the JCC's adults softball and basketball leagues, or fill your brain with new knowledge during the center's frequent film festivals and cultural events.