An avid cyclist, the owner of Spin Bike Shop helms a staff of certified mechanics and professional racers. Together, they keep their shelves stocked with bikes for all seasons and activities: cyclocross races, road riding, triathlons, mountain trails, and moon jumping. Inside, shoppers can peruse cycles from big-name brands such as Specialized, BMC, Ridley, and Santa Cruz. Mechanics perform a slew of services—such as fittings, repairs, demo-bike rides, and rentals. Staff members also teach classes on how to make basic roadside repairs, perform complete tune-ups, or use a bike frame to fend off an agitated mountain lion. When the staffers aren’t wrenching on bikes, they’re hosting events and welcoming cyclists and triathletes to join their teams and clubs.
At Tango Apasionado, students learn graceful Argentine tango steps and the basics of leading and following under the tutelage of an instructor with more than 35 years of dance experience. Classes include group sessions, which students can attend without a partner, as well as a five-week Argentine boot camp that immerses them in the dance.
For many people, pampering means spending the day at the spa or napping in a pool full of kittens. For others, it could mean learning new skills in a sexy fitness class. At Be Studios, guests get two out of four. In one glam-blasted room, instructors lead pole-dancing pupils in the sultry arts. Down the hall, spa technicians beautify guests with an array of spa services such as facials for exfoliating dry skin. Either way, the studio aims to outfit women with experiences and accoutrements to help them leave feeling relaxed and empowered, much like a nuclear plant on a cruise ship.
The instructors at U.S. Shuai Chiao Kung Fu Academy are rightfully proud of their educational lineage—most can trace their line of training back to the founders of the fighting styles they teach. Students as young as 4 years old can join in this illustrious tradition, learning from masters of northern shaolin, yang-style tai chi, seven star praying mantis, and pao ting shuai chiao. Whether they focus on the kicks and punches of kung fu or the grappling and wrestling of shuai chiao, students practice an elite sport that demands nothing but the best through tireless training and, unlike baseball, specifically forbids horses from playing in the rulebook.
The soft pop of clubs connecting with golf balls drifts across The Range?s three locations. From heated, covered tee areas at the Boston Heights outpost, the spheres soar across bottle-green expanses towards laser-measured targets. Valley View?s 80 hitting stations provide ample room for mobs taking a break from chasing unnatural creations of science, and a mini-golf course sharpens putting skills. The outfit replaces the entire fleet of range balls each year, so golfers rarely tee up a misshapen sphere. Lights shine from above to allow nighttime repetitions, and bunkers and practice greens enable focused work on the short game. At a pro shop, steely bouquets of clubs from Callaway and Top Flite stand in corners, overseen by trainers and staff members.
Jose Dias not only earned his black belt in jujitsu with guidance from a member of the famous Gracie martial-arts family, but he also taught at one of Carlos Gracie Jr.'s top training schools, Gracie Barra Rio de Janeiro. He brings his expertise to Rio Pro Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, where both kids and adults can learn this form of self-defense. Though the school's name highlights jujitsu, instructors also teach several other areas of study. Class options include judo and mixed martial arts, which, despite popular belief, is not a class in which students use kickboxing gloves to punch through wooden boards.