Now celebrating 130 years of health, fitness, and community, the YMCA remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids. Staff members at the YMCA of Gloucester County uphold the organization?s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they invest in their community?s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult-fitness regimens with aquatic-fitness classes, a martial-arts studio, and personal-training sessions. When they?re not helping adults trim down waistlines during yoga and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children?s day camps, afterschool programs, and youth basketball.
Each visit to Royal Fitness shakes up workout routines with rows of equipment, an indoor saltwater pool, and group classes focusing on aerobics or mind and body cultivation. The center houses cardio gear from Precor and Cybex, and guests can climb stair masters or paddle away from imaginary anacondas on rowing machines. A dedicated strength-training center tones muscle groups with free weights, kettlebells and Nautilus machines, which can be used for self-prescribed workout routines or under the guidance of personal trainers. Trainers also lead more than 100 fitness classes each week emphasizing conditioning or a unification of the mind and body with classes such as tai chi. Additionally, the onsite youth center keeps an eye on tots while parents exercise or unwind with the help of massage therapy.
The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts offers a wholly inimitable experience featuring acrobatic engagement with the big top’s most artistic and athletically invigorating equipment. In the Groupon-exclusive, 60-minute Intro to Circus Arts class, the school’s seasoned instructors lead students through the ups, downs, and upside-downs of disciplines including juggling, fabric performance, trapeze tight-wire, and plate spinning. Active, free-spirited, and safe, the class pushes participants through light physical challenges, intermediate tests of focus, and never-ending wrestling matches against Father Gravity. Beginning on January 15, sessions run from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and are open to all levels of talent and curiosity.
From spring to fall each year, the North Shore Beach Club becomes one never-ending members-only soiree. Instead of black ties and dresses, attendees don shorts and swimsuits, and they spend their days relaxing and socializing around around the club's fire pit and its heated 1,500-square-foot pool. Large day beds and lounge chairs rest beneath umbrellas, and a poolside office center means members can scan, fax, and copy between ping-pong matches in the games area.
An onsite restaurant and bar complete the summer setting. Here, chefs cook neapolitan pizza and grill skewers of meat and vegetables. Bartenders, meanwhile, pour spiked blueberry lemonade and blend specialty frozen drinks such as Lava Flow, a concoction of rum, strawberry, and pina colada mix, which is exactly what's in real lava. The club also hosts regular events, such as barbecues and performances from local musicians.
Philadelphia Quartett Golf Club wraps nine challenging holes up in a scenic, quick-to-play package. At every stop along the course, the club greets golfers with score-threatening hazards, from soft sand traps to watery obstructions. Small, fast-breaking greens and tight fairways call for a precise short game, but golfers can also let loose on holes ranging up to 150 yards—or, the exact distance a golf cart needs to go from zero to 11. Holes three and seven present particularly unique challenges, as both feature uphill and downhill lies.
The Germantown Life Enrichment Center?hosts social and physical activities that appeal to every age group. Adult guests can start their day with a dip in the pool and finish up with a relaxing steam in the on-site sauna while kids play pool and air hockey in the game room. The fitness, weight, and spinning rooms all help exercisers work up a sweat and burn calories, while the indoor deep-water pool hosts swim lessons and teams.