Finding a flat lie at Vineyard Valley Golf Club is a lot like sinking a hole-in-one: it's rare. The course resides atop land that used to be a vineyard, creating a layout that is undulating with constant elevation changes. Along with a relentless breeze, the course's hilly quirks make the 9-hole, 3,000-yard layout far more difficult than it initially appears. After testing their mettle on the first eight holes?which include views of a castle between the sixth green and seventh tee?golfers encounter a final hole that course designer Gus Loos viewed as Eastern Connecticut's version of the famed island green of the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. This hole plays anywhere from 120 to 160 yards, and a watery marsh swallows up shots that fall short of the green.
Planet Fitness embodies a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can sculpt their physiques with myriad aerobic and strength-training options within a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Patrons may tone and strengthen muscles by pushing and pulling the extensive selection of brand-name equipment and free weights. With the help of an instructor, guests can design a custom workout program based on exercise history to help them achieve their varying fitness goals. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and full-body circuit workouts.
At Aerial Arts Fitness, Katie guides students through pole-fitness classes. In a 1,400-square-foot studio outfitted with six poles, Katie demonstrates how to sensually burn calories during pole-fitness classes that focus on building strength, boosting flexibility, and having fun.
Along with providing classy urbanites with a pastoral setting of forested hills, treacherous water traps, and the scenic Moosup River, the Foster Country Club offers a full 18-hole, par 72 course for your golf-cart-rampaging pleasure. Players of all skill levels can get in on the action, but every golfer should beware of the approach to the elevated green on hole 6, the double dogleg on hole 12, and the resident troll beneath the covered bridge.
A regal posture. A leaner physique. A longer attention span. These are just a few of the potential benefits of yoga, an ancient practice that encourages its practitioners to connect the body, mind, and spirit during sessions that tone and relax. At Simplify Yoga, instructors help their students realize this connection during small classes that range from beginner to advanced. The yogis cultivate a nonjudgmental, community-focused atmosphere in which students of any level can gently tackle their goals, whether they want to lose weight, reduce back pain, or finally reach up and find out what that thing on the top shelf of the pantry is.
Eight Limbs Studios helps train and transform students through exposure to thai boxing. Instructors teach the fierce punches, elbows, and knee-strikes of muay thai, or “the art of eight limbs,” to adults and children. Instructors also help students shave off pounds through wrestling workouts and up-tempo, contact-free fitness-kickboxing sessions. True to the sport's fighting focus, participants are trained to fully participate in the sport of muay thai.