Ocean State Rock Climbing's instructors guide climbers step-by-step as they progress from their first time on a wall until they tackle advanced problems. Initially, they put novices through a series of entry-level routes. As their climbers advance, they then teach them to belay and master more advanced skills such as lead climbing.
These journeys from beginner to master take place amid the towering walls of Ocean State Rock Climbing's gym. Secured by top ropes, rock climbers scale colorful routes and solve increasingly challenging problems. Crash pads create safe landings as visitors climb across bouldering routes or practice being trolls within two bouldering caves.
The black-belt instructors at American Martial Arts welcome students of all ages to learn integrity and self-control along with a variety of self-defense disciplines. Children's programs help little ones as young as 3 burn off excess energy as they learn age-appropriate martial arts, and adults explore styles such as kenpo karate, muay thai, and thumb wrestling. Students of all skill levels can convene at yoga classes on select days to stretch bodies and center minds. The studio's red-floored practice space is outfitted with mirrored walls and punching bags, allowing students to keep an eye on form as they practice jabs, roundhouse kicks, and conflict-diffusing bear hugs.
Throughout the past three decades martial artist Bob Salisbury has dabbled in an array of martial arts styles—shaolin kempo karate and taekwondo, to name a few—but his specialty is kosho ryu kempo. At his studio, RI Fitness & Martial Arts, he and his staff teach this and other martial arts styles to students of all ages. Their adult classes focus on improving self-defense techniques, whereas youth classes focus on boosting self-esteem. Meanwhile, cardio kickboxing, boot camp, and kettlebell training classes can also help students pack a stronger punch and or whittle their way into a size smaller black belt.
Guests exercise their bodies and minds at Fore Court Racquet & Fitness Club , where tennis, volleyball, weight-lifting, and other recreational pursuits fight both boredom and inactivity. The blue carpeting of eight indoor courts lies under the tennis arena's vaulted ceiling that echoes the wallops and whacks of each serve, volley, and backhand. During clinics and lessons, beginners learn basic mechanics, court placement, and racket grips, and more advanced players compete in leagues that demand the skill and strategy of playing Risk on trampolines.Fore Court’s 10,000-square foot fitness center invigorates mind and matter ready for a break from prowling the baseline. Each week, 50 group fitness classes whip bodies into shape with Zumba's dance cardio programs, yoga's relaxing postures and poses, and spinning's stationary treks through a music-filled studio. An onsite babysitter frees parents to pursue these activities without having to hire a teenager or a guard baboon to babysit their children.
All of the instructors at USA Karate hold black belts, including owner Shihan John Pinault and founder Hanshi Larry Sullivan, a 10th-degree black belt and grand master. Pupils are safe in the hands of these experts, who lead kids and adults through skill-appropriate classes, including beginner, intermediate, and advanced martial-arts sessions. They also lead fitness-focused kickboxing and muay thai classes, which get hearts pumping amid fast-paced tunes.
After factoring in all the potential pitfalls (bad weather, bugs, boomerangs), the great outdoors seem drastically overrated for climbing. Today’s Groupon supports your mock-rock mission with a $7 all-day pass and shoe rental at The Spot Bouldering Gym, an indoor rock-climbing gym in Boulder.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.