Elite Sports Clubs and its staff of smash-savvy, nationally experienced tennis pros can turn any mechanical stroke into fluid forearmed success on one of more than 30 well-maintained indoor and outdoor training courts. For players seeking to get back into the game or meet the game for the first time, an instructor will spare no bead of sweat breaking down the basics in a comprehensive fashion. Semi-private lessons are limited to two to four students ($30, four players; $35, three players; $40, two players), which means all practitioners develop a variety of techniques in the atmosphere of constant feedback and encouragement. All lessons must be scheduled in advance online. Students can either provide their own racquet or purchase one on-site.
Sky-blue walls and sand-colored carpets greet each family at Kids Unleashed, where slides, hula hoops, and playhouses invite young ones to explore as they hone their gross motor skills. The make-believe beach beckons stocking-dressed feet to roam its shores, where children ride rocking horses and parents surf free WiFi instead of the carpet in a nearby lounge filled with coffee, conversation, and clear views of the kids’ activities. Story time piques young children’s interest in reading, and ping-pong tables help older kids to develop enough hand-eye coordination to read a book while performing a cartwheel. Parents may depart during most of the center’s classes and camps, as the creation of art projects stimulates inventiveness in each child, and cupcake-baking demonstrates that cakes have children too. After class or playtime, the café teems with homemade, health-conscious snacks.
Valley Athletics's vast facility empowers exercisers to pursue their favorite sports and fitness regimens side-by-side. Four indoor hard courts host regular tennis leagues and lessons for kids and adults. The nearby air-conditioned viewing area also houses a pro-shop, with all the equipment to restring rackets on which too many air-banjo solos have been played. Teams of competitors enjoy year-round soccer leagues or hone their skills in classes on the 27,000-square-foot indoor turf field, which supports the use of cleats. The fitness facility itself, along with the sports training center, houses eight personal trainers and sports performance specialists who help clients hone their physical skills, on, off, and hidden in the field.
Western Raqcquet & Fitness Club originally opened in 1974 as a premier sport and fitness facility and has since maintained its image by constantly updating equipment and adhering to core values that promote lifelong health. Members can enjoy high-quality cardio equipment complete with on-board entertainment, plus free weights, unlimited group exercise classes (yoga and Pilates), 10 indoor tennis courts, four racquetball courts, complimentary towel service, steam room, sauna, whirlpool, and much more. The staff is so supportive to all customers that an old hot wives tale declares that the building itself is built solely out of their sheer strength, encouraging compliments, and extensive knowledge of construction. When guests aren't busy battling flab with a fury of sweaty bullets, they can also enjoy affordable on-site childcare as well as hunger hospitality at the Center Court Cafe & Lounge. The first 20 Groupon customers to redeem their membership will also receive a complimentary 30-minute massage.
Dave Gerry started the Princeton Club with three simple tenets in mind: great trainers, exceptional equipment, and easy access. To realize that dream, he assembled a team of American College of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainers to helm the cardio and strength-training centers 24 hours a day.
Whether working out solo, in a group class, or with a trainer to remind them that bench-pressing beehives is safer with a spotter, guests can drop their young ones off at the free childcare center. Splashes fill the natatorium as swimmers paddle across the six-lane lap pool, as the resistance-current pool's adjustable waves enable guests to walk in place. A dip in the whirlpool soothes stress, and the steam room's eucalyptus aromatherapy and sauna's rejuvenating heat send bodies back into the world refreshed. Above the club, tennis and soccer players soak in vistas of Madison as they duke it out on the rooftop garden's turf. The competition continues indoors on basketball, racquetball, and volleyball courts.
The tennis-crazed Dermody family takes momentary breaks from lobbing balls over nets to sit behind the counters of The Tennis Shop, a players’ oasis that stocks more than 50 different models of ball-hurling racquets and more than 500 tennis shoes. Shaded by the shop’s green- and white-striped awning, knowledgeable staff members show off the latest racquets from such brands as Babolat, Dunlop, and Wilson—all of which can be taken for a spin on the courts via the demo program. A wide array of apparel prepares players to rain down fuzzy neon hail on their hapless opponents, with kicks from brands such as K-Swiss and full clothing lines from Peachy Tan, Little Miss Tennis, and Wilson.