Lasting friendships could be a natural side effect of the fast-paced match play that occurs atop Franklin Park Tennis Association’s Shattuck Grove courts. The nonprofit organization enlists certified tennis pros to teach fundamentals during summer classes and camps and winter indoor lessons, while fostering a sense of community among players.
On Saturdays during the summer, classes for kids, youths, and adults are scheduled one after the other. This gives parents an opportunity to chat as kids play, and players get some time to connect before hitting the courts. Competitors can walk away with new comrades and a greater appreciation for active, healthy living that’s usually only obtained by blending a year’s worth of fitness magazines into a morning smoothie.
First etched into the New England countryside in 1896 by Frederick Law Olmsted—an early American architect who also co-designed New York City’s Central Park— William J. Devine Golf Course meanders across 5,961 yards of relatively open greenery. With each fairway-splitting drive or dead-eye putt, golfers can claim their place in the annals of golf history, as these ancient links served as a training ground to golf legend Bobby Jones, the site of a clinic conducted by Tiger Woods, and the grassy haunt that hosted the first-ever golf-cart-jousting tournament. A stately stone bridge runs beside the back of the seventh hole—the course’s most difficult—awaiting players after they attempt to fly approaches around a right-side water hazard and putt their way across a large two-tiered green. With four tee options, the public course caters to golfers of all stripes, from greenhorns to those who can manipulate ball flight with their minds.Course at a Glance:
The fighting Florian brothers lend their family name to Florian Martial Arts, where they apply expert skill and professional experience to their martial-arts programs. Classes include everything from Brazilian jujitsu to a junior samurai program for boys and girls aged 6–15. Beginners may be interested in the fundamentals program, which teaches the "Florian way," a method of simple but highly effective techniques.
Jen and Jay, the brother and sister duo behind JFit 360, have different backgrounds but one unified goal—to help their clients incorporate fitness into their circle of well-being and health. Jay, a US marine sniper and MMA fighter, and Jen, a marathon runner and certified personal trainer, both lead classes that include personal training with specialties in boxing, MMA, kettlebell training, yoga, and running. They also conduct group personal-training sessions that offer the same one-on-one benefits of personal training but in a fun, supportive group atmosphere.
The first Giant-brand-owned bike shop in America, Giant Cycling World peddles Giant bicycles and accessories as well as merchandise from vendors such as Shimano, Fox, Michelin, and more. The store’s full-service repair shop caters to the two-wheeled needs of competitive cyclists, recreational riders, and commuters, most of whom depend on their mountain bikes to reach their otherwise-inaccessible mountain jobs. A resident bike buff will conduct a thorough standard tune-up on customers’ banana-seated steeds, beginning with an inspection of all the bikes’ parts. Next, the 10-speed technician will adjust derailleurs, brakes (which may require bleeding for an additional fee), headsets, and bottom brackets before tightening every last nut and bolt. Marvel as newly trued wheels spin with the youthful vigor of a newborn trike and freshly lubricated cables and chains make formerly squeaky structures as quiet as a mouse-wearing moccasins. After completing a wipe-down of the frame and fork, Giant’s pleasant pedal pros will release the bicycle back into the wild to join its pack. Should your foot-powered street stallion require more extensive work, the tune-up also includes a 50% discount on the labor needed to install new parts and accessories.
A quick study in graceful movement, Peter Gelzhinsky competed in the finals at the USA National Dance Championship just three years after taking up the craft. Parlaying his quick learning into effective teaching methods, Peter now leads hot-footed hopefuls through lessons that cover such social ballroom dances as merengue, cha-cha, and the hustle. Students can also breakdance to the thumping beats of hip-hop classes, or sashay with a provided partner through the salsa-like steps of the bachata. Many students enlist in Star Dance School’s lessons in preparation for a wedding or the grand opening of a laundromat with a dance floor.
At Strike First Krav Maga, the first job of co-owners Adam Gleason and Ilya Akhter is to create a highly stressful atmosphere in order to replicate a realistic self-defense scenario where senses are heightened. Once students are sufficiently stressed, the duo begins teaching the tactics of Krav Maga, a self-defense technique used by the Israeli Defense Force. Akhter—a former sergeant in the Israeli Defense Force’s anti-terrorist special forces unit—has years of hands-on experience and Gleason’s background includes 5 years of Krav Maga training, along with experience in Kung Fu, and American kickboxing. And though each instructor strives to maintain an intense environment, they treat each student respectfully and tailor their lesson to fit all levels of skill, physical fitness, and experience.