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The Urban Dare Adventure Race is a fast-paced competition that challenges two-person teams to decipher clues, navigate the city, and perform playful stunts. Combining the bustle of a track meet with the brain-taxing sleuth work of a luge competition, the race uses a dozen trivia-based clues to lead contestants to checkpoints all over their sprawling metropolis. Location hunters reach their checkpoints by whatever means necessary, be it hopping a bus downtown, flying madly through a network of secret ziplines, or scuba-diving in a fountain for bus fare. At the mini destinations, racers must use a camera to document their presence or, in some cases, get their passports stamped after completing challenges that may include a climbing wall or solving a riddle.

219 2nd Avenue
New York,
NY
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Oren Lippmann has made a career out of training NBA players such as Kris Humphries and Metta World Peace, both of whom needed his demanding regimen to stay strong in the post. You might not have to bang with the likes of a 7-foot center, but Lippmann's classes at CrossFit Glendale aren't just designed for professional athletes.

Along with fellow coach Al Pena, Lippmann oversees hour-long workouts that touch on all the major aspects of fitness at the 4,000 square foot Queens location, including endurance, flexibility, and strength. With equipment such as kettlebells and climbing ropes at their disposal, the coaches can devise functional, full-body workouts for all skill levels, focusing on form, technique, and fun.

70-17 83rd St 2nd Fl
New York,
NY
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Most fitness centers house treadmills, free weights, and studios with fitness classes—but The SWEAT Party is different. Instead of relying on that same familiar set-up, the establishment (which grew directly from the dance club scene) draws DJs, eclectic fitness trainers, and cutting-edge choreographers to its classes. There, each session or party leads revelers in pulse-pounding workouts focused on fun, wellness, and not stepping on fellow students' feet. SWEAT also hosts a quarterly SWEAT party which incorporates a power hour, dance party, and Wellness Lounge where participants can head for massages, facials, blood pressure screenings, and anonymous HIV testing.

520 8th Avenue
New York,
NY
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Sound Excursions describes their carefully curated group experiences as "field trips for adults." It's easy to see why: every outing takes groups to a new realm of Washington, whether it's the frothy shores of Puget Sound, inland forests and mountains, or tables at Seattle's thriving restaurants. The events held at these diverse locations range from culinary workshops on topics such as sushi-making and moonshine-tasting, to adventurous excursions with whitewater rafting or kayaking, to laid-back themed party cruises. For many outings, luxury transportation is provided.

Washington Square Park North
New York,
NY
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Jon Quinn—the Air Force veteran mastermind behind Captain Quinn’s Fitness Boot Camp—and his cotrainer, Lauren Howe, lead students through intense boot camps that take into consideration each student’s fitness goals and experience levels. During each session, they corral up to 20 guests during indoor or outdoor sessions, creating a jovial atmosphere with group exercises such as races and passing weighted balls to one another. Each technique is intended to create camaraderie and motivate exercisers to challenge themselves. Jon and Lauren focus on strength training and conditioning as well as aerobics, rotating the curriculum daily to keep guests engaged.

When not leading motivating and energetic boot camps, Jon and Lauren also offer personal training, working one-on-one with guests to create a dynamic workout regimen tailored to individual fitness goals. The two endless reservoirs of energy also host kids' fitness classes, during which children cavort in structured sessions that both help them develop muscles to show everyone how big a jar they can open and create healthy habits that they will retain as they grow.

10 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn,
NY
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Thinking of the city rarely calls images of fog-ringed mountains and wolf-filled forests to mind, but Discover Outdoors?formerly known as Outdoor Bound?turns these scenes into reality. Owner, avid outdoorsman, and eight-time marathon runner Kirk Reynolds makes sure of it. He and a staff of experts?each a licensed trail guide and Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT?temper the stress of city living with day trips to nearby natural enclaves and weekend camping excursions. The getaways thrill with activities such as hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and horseback riding.

International trips, meanwhile, quench a thirst for life-defining adventures beyond trips to the grocery store during peak Saturday hours. Among them: hikes up famed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, treks to Machu Picchu in Peru, and jaunts through the Canadian Rockies. Some of the journeys even grant travelers the opportunity to fundraise for a worthy cause as they explore.

139 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn,
NY
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