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Although Laurel Hill Swim & Tennis Club has amassed a high concentration of USPTA-certified instructors, they share their expertise with more than just professional players. Tennis 101 classes taught on both indoor and outdoor courts, impart beginners with the fundamentals of forehands, backhands, and net play and cardio tennis develops proper footwork while vanquishing calories. Serious competitors and novice players alike benefit from the Club’s variety of surface types. Four synthetic grass courts simulate the grassy grounds at the Wimbledon and har-tru courts replicate courts used during the French Open and hard surfaces replicate courts used at the U.S. and Australian Opens.
The Five Seasons Family Sports Club houses tennis courts, a dining area, fitness facilities, swimming pools, and a full-service spa under one roof. Within air-conditioned indoor courts or on outdoor hard or clay courts, racquet slingers compete in friendly bouts to sharpen swings, refine backhands, and showcase grunting abilities. Members can also break a sweat in exercise areas speckled with modern cardio equipment and weights or cool off in an Olympic-sized pool with diving wells and wading areas. Before meeting others for a postgame beverage at the lively caf?, clients can wander to the spa for a relaxing massage or partake in a sports workshop to gain a firm grasp on game mechanics.
Inside the newly remodeled Peak Performance Center, swimmers splash and paddle through the 25-meter lap pool where markers divide the pool into five lanes. Whether learning to swim or mastering a stroke, students as young as 5 drop in for group sessions held throughout the week. In warmer months, families can register for a pool pass to enjoy unlimited jaunts in the water or practice for the July Cannonball Throwdown.
In 1977, David Schwartz had to get his tennis racquet re-strung. Disappointed to find that the service would take three days at the local sporting goods shop, David did what anyone would do: he opened his own place to stock high-quality tennis gear and offer same-day racquet re-stringing.
That original 750-square-foot shop has since turned into the 19,000-square-foot sporting goods emporium that is The Tennis & Golf Company. Over the years, David has expanded his store's inventory beyond just tennis goods?these days it includes golf gear, running shoes, and general fitness apparel from the industry's top brands. The store also features demo areas, where customers can try out new racquets and clubs to make sure they feel comfortable and are not made of plutonium.
Fitness-minded visitors sweat their way through The Sports Club’s more than 100,000 square feet of equipment, group exercise classes, and workout-enhancing amenities. Patrons who thrive on camaraderie can get energized during group classes in one of five practice rooms, and lone wolves can try their hands, limbs, and cores at weight machines by Cybex, Hammer Strength, and Life Fitness. Seventy cardiovascular machines fill the rest of the floor space, each equipped with a personal television that can play any home-brought DVDs, CDs, or flip books. During the warmer seasons, staff members uncover 2 of the 3 pools and 5 of the 14 indoor tennis courts, creating open-air recreational opportunities that earned the facility Hour Detroit magazine's award for Best Outdoor Tennis Court in 2008 and 2009. Employees can keep an eye on guests' youngsters in the childcare room, which brims with age-appropriate activities for toddlers and stuffed-animal focus groups.
Perrysburg Tennis Center's experienced instructors teach adults to serve and volley on indoor and outdoor USTA-certified courts. During 60-mintue group introductory lessons, up to five racketeers will learn such tennis basics as smashing a forehand, scoring a game properly, and serving while their opponents are in the bathroom. Players hustle across one of the center’s 16 tennis courts, which include eight US Open blue indoor arenas, four outdoor hard courts, and four outdoor Har-Tru HydroCourt clay grounds outfitted with underground water systems to help them keep cool. Visitors can head to the indoor court's second-floor mezzanine for a clear view of players batting orbs across courts the way kittens bat balls of yarn across the internet.
The staff at Franklin Athletic Club knows that staying in shape requires a multifaceted exercise routine and dietary regimen. Their newly renovated facility reflects this understanding, with a multitude of exercise equipment, fitness classes, and an onsite restaurant.
Club members can join TRX suspension-training, martial-arts, dance, and yoga classes led by experienced instructors. They can also develop personal-training routines using more than 10,000 square feet of free weights and cardio equipment. A 20-yard indoor pool facilitates year-round aquatic exercise, and an outdoor pool allows karate students to chop gigantic blocks of ice in the winter.
After a racquetball game or a match on 1 of 13 indoor tennis courts, athletes head to the club's Babylon Cafe to replenish their energy with American and Mediterranean dishes such as chicken wraps and falafel plates.
There are a lot of things going on at Drive Table Tennis Social Club, but it all works toward the same
goal: make people happy. Founded in 2012, the club now resides inside the famous Penobscot Building in downtown Detroit. Here, strangers become friends while racking up points during games of table tennis, munching on snacks, and sipping on specialty wines and beers. Music also pumps through the club's speakers, making it impossible for opponents to hear your embarrassing grunts.
Zu Cru Fitness instructor Dru is just as comfortable helming kickboxing workouts as he is taking center stage at a Latin-inspired Zumba dance party. Armed with an AFAA group-exercise certification and dance-instructor training, Dru has more than a decade of fitness experience. His studio's workouts range from Pilates and spinning to weight-training sessions.
When it comes to describing Kristin Chenoweth, "multitalented" is an understatement. Overlaying a soaring voice with sparkling charisma, Chenoweth won the 1999 Tony for best featured actress in a musical and originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the smash Broadway hit Wicked, earning both fame as the definitive incarnation of that character and the legal right to carry an Oz passport. Her forays into television have included an Emmy win for Pushing Daisies, a stint on The West Wing, a guest appearance on Glee, and a starring role in ABC's new comedy GCB. Mixing classically trained control with the ability to call up a folksy twang from her childhood in Oklahoma, Chenoweth regales audiences with heartbreaking ballads and high-energy romps.