Bare Hills Racquet and Fitness Center's experienced trainers lead fitness seekers through flexible schedules of group classes six days a week. Strengthen and condition cores during CrossFit classes, where supportive groups of fitness friends jog across a calorie-crushing spectrum of exercises that boosts endurance, accelerates agility, and promotes strength until participants can roundhouse kick through a vending machine. The certified coaches of Sports Performance Training guide students to fitness with a scientifically designed program that blends performance training with agility ladders, hurdles, and harnesses in a fast-paced quest to improve athleticism and empathize with superheroes. Finally, SoulBody classes squash stress while centering on cores and aligning posture, promoting stamina and power during sessions filled with motivational music.
At the Columbia Association, visitors find not only a place to work out, swim, or enjoy the great outdoors, but a place to connect with the local community and get to know their neighbors. Families take in live music by the lakefront during summer festivals, or glide across the ice at the public rink. Meanwhile, aspiring athletes build muscle, flexibility, and form with practice at indoor and outdoor tennis courts, or regular trips to the high-tech Columbia Gym. Columbia Association also helps its members maintain a healthy lifestyle with a wide variety of facilities, including nearby golf courses, 23 swimming pools, and even an attached horse center, where humans can learn to ride and horses can get in shape for swimsuit season.
Built around Dr. Sankofa’s Life Path Development Model, Zen Academy helps children excel both academically and physically. Instead of hosting study hall sessions, their after-school tutoring programs introduce children to their future passions, such as aviation, martial arts, or tennis. Educators with real career experience lead students through basic and intermediate lessons that not only cover the subject at hand, but also strengthen math, self-discipline, and reading comprehension skills along the way. Learning about air currents flowing over wings enriches students’ understanding of science, and fine-tuning their back swing inspires increased activity, reducing parents’ fears that kids will wind up in a fast food joint working as a box of french fries.
During 60-minute private lessons, one of Tennis in Urbana’s certified pros helps racket wielders acquire and develop proficiency in every aspect of the game, including ball striking, serving, and winking at umpires. The pros will drive up to 30 minutes from the Tennis in Urbana facility to meet students at a court of their choice. Six-week clinics challenge a minimum of four individuals with intensive workouts that focus on a particular skill set or aspect of the game. Junior clinics are divvied up by age group: Tiny Tots clinics teach youngsters aged 4–7, Big Shots clinics focus on kids ages 7–10, and Academy clinics prepare 13- to 17-year-olds for competition with intense stroke drills, rigorous conditioning exercises, and trophy-kissing practice. Adult clinics offer men and women choices between clinics designed for their skill levels and clinics designed for cardiovascular exercise.
At TennisTopia, staffers help players optimize their thwacking abilities with a large inventory of rackets, balls, and other gear from brands such as Adidas, Nike, and Wilson and a variety of tennis-oriented services. Restringing keeps rackets in taut, top-notch shape, and the shop also equips male or female teams with the weapons and matching uniforms to wage battle against gophers popping up through the clay in the middle of matches.
On the shade-speckled hard courts of Carderock Springs Swim and Tennis Club, Seven Locks Swim and Tennis Club, and Old Georgetown Swim and Tennis Club—tennis director Nitin Deodhar and his team of professionals certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association work with adults and children during specially designed tennis classes and clinics. Nitin and his team lead students as young as four years old, and many of their racket-swinging scholars have achieved collegiate scholarships, national rankings, and sectional league championships.
In addition to helping young students fine-tune their motor skills while developing a love of tennis balls rivaled only by golden retrievers, Deodhar Tennis Academy works with adult students. Specialized clinics and classes include cardio-tennis sessions filled with drills that attempt to keep heart rates up and early-bird clinics—which blend drills and point play to provide a more invigorating start to the day than swimming in a pool of iced espresso.:m]]