At Potomac Paddlesports, the first professional kayak school to be endorsed by the American Canoe Association, the team of American Canoe Association– and British Canoe Union–certified instructors patiently lead students through a methodical progression of flat-water paddling skills. The classes cover a variety of watersports, including whitewater rafting, river and sea kayaking, and standup paddling. The small-group classes are designed to keep students engaged, and longer trips down the Potomac challenge their skills with powerful rapids surrounded by lush scenery, interspersed with rare glimpses of bears putting on their bear suits. Outside of class, students can bond with fellow paddlers during weekly sushi meals and occasional movie nights. Further demonstrating their dedication to bodies of water, Potomac Paddlesports works to preserve the nation’s rivers, estuaries, and oceans, sharing this passion with its members through advocacy and donations to conservation programs.
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.
Cardio Tennis fulfills the shameless dream inside all tennis pros and amateurs: furiously smashing hundreds of balls in a row while cranking powerful, grunt-inspiring music. Over the course of an hour, you and your cardio-mates will undergo the rigors of various fast-paced drills. While some technical tennis instruction may occur, the primary focus is placed on the aerobic movement and discovering the uninhibited side of tennis. The friendly instructors at Georgetown Prep will keep class-goers motivated throughout the hour, helping to burn calories, increase endurance, and improve ability to smash things.
The trainers at PEAK Golf Fitness?led by the company's co-founders, veteran trainers Jason Meisch and Ramey Williams?know that "general fitness" and "golf fitness" are far from synonymous. General fitness might mean running a quick mile, but golf fitness can increase the power behind your swing, make form adjustments easier, and minimize risk of injury on the course.
The clinic's team bolsters that second, sport-specific take on fitness with the TPI training model. That means evaluating their clients with physical assessments and 3D swing analysis. From there, they design training programs for each client, helping to achieve goals from improved putting form to improved swing frequency.
It all started with a deflated basketball. Though longtime friends Mike Kennedy and Eric Martin scoured downtown Boston for an inflating needle to fill it, no shops in the area carried one. They were frustrated—and they realized that other Bostonians looking for athletic gear were likely frustrated too. So in 1983, they opened City Sports, a shop stocked with all the footwear, athletic apparel, and sports equipment that the metropolis had been missing.
Nearly three decades later, Mike and Eric's neighborhood business has expanded to 20 shops across the East Coast. In addition to stocking popular brands such as Vibram, The North Face, and Patagonia, the store engineers its own CS by City Sports line. Shoppers include yogis, cyclists, and tennis players—anyone seeking to outfit active lifestyles, whether they're playing a team sport or braving the hike up the world's largest gumdrop. In addition to footwear and apparel, the staff stocks fitness equipment such as kettlebells, lifting gloves, and dumbbells.
Specializing in lacrosse equipment, Sports Extra equips athletes with an arsenal of high-quality performance apparel and band-name sporting goods. The Cascade PolyPro women's goggles ($24.99) guard peepers from errant lacrosse balls and robot goalies’ laser beams, and the STX AV8 lacrosse stick ($33.99) assists players with easier catches due to its open-face design. Along with lacrosse gear, Sports Extra carries apparel for all sports, such as shorts decked with cartoon crabs and mesh tank tops with reversible colors ($12) for quickly switching between impromptu basketball games and business meetings.