The Ultimate Ride whips its clients into muscle-rippling and heart-fortifying shape with an eclectic schedule of exhilarating group fitness classes. Cyclo-philes can tone their calves in traditional spin classes as well as virtual rides classes, which feature cinematic projections of open roads winding through exotic locations such as Hawaii, Italy, and the Rockies, where wild bicycles still roam free. The Spin Flex class comprises a hybrid of cycling and full-body workout activities, and the Zumba dance-fitness class energizes and conditions clients for upcoming macarena marathons. Aspiring crew paddlers and rowboat chauffeurs can beef up with Indo-Row classes, which provide an extensive workout using indoor rowing machines. The Ultimate Ride clients need only bring a towel, a bottle of water, and—if necessary for motivation—a book filled with inspirational limericks.
For the instructors at Seigler's Karate Center, martial arts is about more than drilling strikes and forceful take-downs; it's about building confidence. With that philosophy in mind, the team aims to help people of all ages—from preschooler to retiree—overcome "I quit" attitudes with lessons emphasizing self-discipline and empathy. They exemplify martial arts' fat-burning benefits with cardio-kickboxing classes, focused workouts designed to shrink jean sizes while instilling self-defense techniques in students.
Certified yoga instructor Annalisa Adamsand her staff of yogis specialize in Baptiste inspired Power Vinyasa Yoga, among others, at Dancing Dogs Power Yoga. Devoid of mysticism and spiritual frills, this form of yoga emphasizes the physical and mental benefits of routine yoga practice.
An original Rees Jones design, Jones Creek Golf Club navigates the rolling hills of Augusta to showcase a landscape of dogwoods, azaleas, and frequent elevation changes. Water intersects numerous holes, and pristine white-sand bunkers surround sloped, hard-to-read greens that flummox players more that the Mona Lisa's coy smile. Golfers can warm-up for rounds at the facility's practice greens, driving range, or during lessons at the state-of-the-art golf center. The stately clubhouse features casual dining and elegant facilities to host events. Nearby, members can wind down with a match on the tennis courts or a dip in the facility's large swimming pool.
Superior Academy trains bodies to react to stressful situations with power and stamina. Its mixed martial arts training includes a variety of techniques, including Bruce Lee's jeet kune do and close-quarter defense, to help kids, teens, adults, women, and military personnel fend off would-be attackers. For those who prefer to move in a less combative art, the school also conducts salsa, ballroom, and swing lessons for solo dancers or partners.
Nestled several miles north of Augusta National Golf Club, the 27-hole course complex at Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club resembles golf’s most hallowed grounds in ways that extend beyond geographical proximity. Designed by Tom Jackson, the course rolls through curtains of carolina pines, speckling nearly 2,000 acres with white-sand bunkers and scenic water features that test the accuracy of every swing.
The two original nines, the Chester and the Vintage, shine with visually stunning vistas and elevation changes—on the Vintage course alone, 8 holes boast a rise or fall of 30 feet or more. Opened in 2008—eight years after its forebears—the Independent course puts water in play on all but 1 hole, testing golfers’ abilities to manage high-pressure shots or skip balls close to pins.