Between the lines of Peachtree City Tennis Center's 24 courts, expert instructors lead aspiring athletes through structured lessons and drills. Commit groundstroke adjustments to muscle memory with a fast-feed drill session, reduce both unforced errors and calories in a cardio-tennis session, or poach your opponent's weak returns and unguarded Gatorades while tending the net during a two-hour round-robin doubles session.
The passionate and PADI-certified professional staff at Peachtree Dive Center has risen to such high levels of aquatic expertise that most of them eschew equipment altogether, favoring the gills bestowed upon them by friendly merpeople. During in-depth adult snorkeling classes, instructors school students on how to find appropriate skin diving sites, spot common hazards, and identify aquatic plants and wildlife. After discussing proper equipment care and maintenance, be-finned snorkelers plunge into Peachtree's indoor pool for a practical lesson. The kids’ class, in addition to a kid-friendly classroom and pool session, includes an interactive, informative coloring book. Host a Peachtree pool party and invite up to 20 swimmers to splash around in Peachtree’s 90-degree indoor pool under the watchful supervision of a lifeguard. Peachtree Dive Center does not provide refreshments, but encourages party hosts to bring their own snacks to fuel birthday parties, stockholder meetings, and manatee play dates.
Ten minutes from the bustle of Atlanta, hummingbirds and dragonflies buzz around gardens, and horses crunch leaves under their hooves as they amble down dirt-covered trails leading to a private pond. Fruition Farm beckons visitors to relax at this idyllic refuge, whether by swaying on the porch swing with a book in hand or trapping sleepy friends in a hammock draped between two trees.
Communing with nature is reflected in the farm's approach to horseback riding—natural horsemanship, which fosters a special rapport between equestrians and steeds based on respect and trust, motivating horses to obey commands without riders threatening to expose their secret pasts as cows. This philosophy encompasses all activities at Fruition, from lessons and camps to weekend retreats and creative excursions such as moonlight rides and Tea on Tuesdays, which pairs laid-back rides with a catered lunch at the farmhouse.
As he gained a reputation in the ring for being a determined and fierce fighter, Tim Stout earned the nickname “MOAB”—an acronym for Massive Ordinance Air Blast, a powerful bomb. For more than 20 years, Tim has been training in martial arts, beginning with karate before delving into muay thai, boxing, and wrestling. Along the way, the ambitious athlete earned championship titles in tournaments across the country, holding the South Carolina Grappling Championship title for three years.
When he isn’t training for upcoming matches, Tim pulls lessons from his personal playbook to teach students at his own training school, MOAB Fighting Concepts. Amidst the private studio’s cushioned floors and heavy punching bags, Tim and his staff of award-winning fighters train aspiring punch-smiths in a wide variety of martial-arts techniques, from boxing to wrestling to MMA. In addition to technique-focused kickboxing classes, the trainers lead a cardio-kickboxing class specially designed to slim physiques and tone muscles. The instructors also train up tots in kids' kickboxing and jujitsu classes, where they lead youngsters through self-defense techniques such as how to wrestle an opponent to the ground or roundhouse kick a baseball for the game-winning home run.
Presented in part by Dan Clark, also known as Nitro, of American Gladiator fame, the Gladiator Rock'n Run 6K pairs an obstacle-heavy running course with post-race entertainment, including beer, music, and food. Six kilometers’ worth of collective scampering awaits participants as muscle-testing obstacles impede progress to the finish line. Those prepared to race must dance through tires, army-crawl through mud, and clamber up rope ladders to avoid barrels thrown by giant apes. The roar of spectators rings throughout the course as bystanders cheer on runners to inspire strong finishes. Gladiator Rock'n Run proceeds go toward a good cause, helping to raise money for TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), an organization that provides education, support, and information to aid parents in helping their children diagnosed with autism.