The telltale sounds of fun fill the air at either Magic Mountain Fun Center location, as friends and families careen around tracks in go-karts, compete on mind-bending mini-golf courses, or do battle in bumper cars. Piping-hot pizzas fuel days of rides and arcade games, and the park's varied birthday packages catapult parties into a fun-filled gamut of feasting, bumper boats, and laser tag. Open late, the parks afford guests the opportunity to while the night away or lure their night terrors in front of a speeding bumper car.
At Scarborough East Tennis & Fitness Club, manager Bob Hilborn and his dedicated staff of tennis professionals impart cross-court wisdom to racket wielders of all ages. The team keeps members and guests in shape year-round by hosting lessons on indoor courts during cold months and on outdoor courts when it starts to rain inside. Membership programs gives ball swatters the ability to reserve courts, plus they get access to the workout facility, complete with computerized bikes, rowing machines, free weights, saunas, and towel service. Members can also take advantage of exclusive opportunities such as the yearlong junior program. This multilevel program pairs up to four students with an instructor who will attempt to help them hone their forehands and fine-tune their volleys.
At Rule 3, players hurl orbs down 14 hardwood lanes before refueling with food and arcade entertainment. During bowling bouts, vivid flat-screen monitors keep competitors honest and prevent scores from parading as Scrabble letters. Between sets, players can roll more compact spheres with a choice of Balley pool tables ($1.25/game) or mini-bowling games ($1–$2/game). The full menu fills hearty appetites with entrees of Yankee pot roast ($10) and homemade mac ‘n’ cheese ($8) and highlights six different kinds of fries that diners can choose to load 15 different ways, including Buffalo style, Ragin’ Cajun, and Jamaican jerk.
Fueled by Joseph Pilates' belief that exercise should enhance and support the natural machinery of the human body, instructors lead students through a tapestry of intense, focused moves that draw from weight training, aerobics, yoga, and tai chi. In addition to leading group mat classes aimed at boosting core strength, they stock their hardwood studio with machines such as Cadillacs, ladder barrels, and reformers that rely on handles, ropes, and pulleys to heighten the workouts. The staffers offer semi-private and private lessons that focus exclusively on these reformer machines, which each face their own mirror so practitioners can perfect their poses and James Cagney impersonations simultaneously. To liven up the floor routines, they sometimes combine elements of TRX suspension training or ballet-barre workouts, both excellent complements to the intense core work of Pilates.
The Oriental Martial Arts College (OMAC) has been teaching the moogong ryu system of martial arts since 1971. All of the dojang's instructors must know Korean martial arts in order to make classes accessible to as many people as possible. OMAC's classes range from Little Tigers karate classes for kids and tigers ages 3–5, taekwondo, hapkido, gumdo, fitness and healing arts like tai chi and kimoodo, to advanced black belt training with Grandmaster Choi in any of their seven Central Ohio locations.
Spearheaded by Julia Richey, a former member of the Russian National Team, the crew of coaches at Royal Arts Fencing Academy teaches fencers of all experience levels the secrets of centuries-old sword techniques and traditions. New students can enroll in four group classes, learning the fundamentals that will guide them during subsequent intermediate lessons. They can also brush up on their blade knowledge during summer camps that cover the Olympic sport weapons of foil, épée, and saber. Visions of Olympic glory also dance throughout the academy’s annual Arnold Fencing Classic, a part of the Arnold Classic and one of the largest independently run fencing tournaments in the nation.
Chuck Mayhew, PGA member for more than 30 years, teaches the basics of golf swing mechanics before moving on to more complicated tweaks to his students' swings. Though certain golf tenets are universal, Chuck knows that any single teaching method won't work for every player which is why he tailors his approach to fit each individual student. Private lessons begin with an assessment of each player's current ball positioning, alignment, and swing posture—key components that must be corrected before beginning any backswing. Once students have an understanding of these fundamentals, Chuck teaches how they relate to one another, helping students improve their golf game by making these basic elements work for them. Lessons are held at Four Seasons Golf & Fitness Center, a full-service indoor golf-instruction facility that can stay open despite rain or bunker sandstorms.