Bobby Drought and the crew behind Rhody Surf spent 10 years teaching surf lessons for fun in and around Aquidneck Island before coming together to form a business. Today, this group of certified instructors spreads an infectious love of surfing to as many people as possible, not even bothering to establish a traditional brick-and-mortar shop—lessons are either online or at the beach. Their students learn through private or group lessons, mastering simple movements on dry land before hitting the Atlantic's fully customizable waves. Rhody Surf also offers surf camps for children, as well as surfing excursions for individuals visiting on cruise ships.
Crowned the Best Place for Yoga by the Providence Phoenix in 2009, Innerlight Yoga stretches muscles with more than 40 weekly classes and more than 10 yoga disciplines. The newly lit can explore the foundational poses, breathing techniques, and philosophy of Yoga 101 in a spacious wooden studio, learning the basics without the need to trudge to the top of a snowy mountain and ask for advice from a wise but steely-eyed snowman. After gaining techniques, students may go on to burn their inner candle in mindfulness yoga, where meditation and position meld; blaze in heated Vinyasa, where high temperatures energize flowing movement; or smolder in gentle yoga, where the walls support slow transitions.
Bridge to Fitness’ staff of body-sculpting instructors and trainers guides gym members in knocking down walls that stand in the way of fitness goals. Membership includes everything from use of the weight-training and cardio equipment to access to all the classes that the gym offers, including calorie-burning affairs such as spinning and group exercise classes, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and more. With an army of equipment including spin bikes, treadmills, and new elliptical machines, members can get their hearts going during an intense spin session or a fervid treadmill jousting competition with fellow gym comrades.
Gary Broadwell draws upon 24 years of teaching experience each time he leads beginners and juniors up golf's learning curve through lessons. Gary dissects swing mechanics and offers corrective advice for the full swing and putting stroke, helping players attain their goals of lower scores and improved accuracy when hitting out of a neighbor's sandbox. Four-day junior golf camps allow children aged 6–14 to learn the game within a fun, constructive atmosphere.
• One month of gym membership with unlimited fitness classes (up to a $34.95 value) • A 30-minute massage from a licensed massage therapist (a $40 value) • A personal training session (a $60 value) • Access to the Champion Skating Rink during all public skate times (approximately 30 held each month; free with membership)
The instructors at Jiu-Jitsu and Strength Academy never stop learning. They each put on their black belts one foot at a time, just like most everyday citizens, but they also carry certification in several training methods. During kobukai jiujitsu courses, Sensei Matthew Bryers reveals modern Japanese techniques that are often used by members of the military and SWAT teams. Alternatively, instructor Rafael Barbosa leads traditional Brazilian jiujitsu classes while demonstrating artful control of the style designed to disable larger attackers. Barbosa's fighting style has led many to refer to him as Formiga, the Portuguese word for "ant"—which suggests strength beyond his size and the possibility that he may have a few extra fighting arms.