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Playing a round of golf is always unpredictable. Rain can spoil it. Any storm can, really. And in most places, golf courses lay dormant for half a year, their fairways untouched as they await the passing of the season. Fortunately, the courses at Fore Season Indoor Golf never close. That's because they exist in the massive, high-definition screens of seven Full Swing golf simulators and are impervious to weather. Best of all, the simulators let golfers play replicas of 42 world famous courses, including Pebble Beach and Pinehurst No. 2., without having to book airfare or turn their golf bag into a personal jet pack.

Along with the golf simulators, the facility’s driving net and indoor putting green allow for golfers to work on every facet of their golf game or schedule lessons conducted by the center’s two instructors. Fore Season Indoor Golf also shares space with a Pub that serves a menu of hot dogs, burgers, and sandwiches that golfers can eat by spearing them with golf tees.

1037 Forest Ave
Portland,
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Since man’s earliest days, when bows and arrows were necessary for hunting and surviving among dangerous creatures, archery has been a test of mettle that demands patience and precise movements. At Lakeside Archery, owner and National Archery Association Level IV coach Steve Dunsmoor shows students the ways of the ancient practice. He and his team lead private and group training sessions, and oversee a Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program for serious young archers or aspiring birthday balloon hunters. Training may take place on any of Lakeside's ranges, which include a seasonal indoor range with bull's-eyes and 3D targets, an outdoor 3D range, and an 80-yard outdoor shooting range. The academy also houses a pro shop where factory-trained technicians repair bows, build custom arrows, and offer expert advice.

55 Cumberland Rd.
North Yarmouth,
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Influenced by a background in ballet and intensive study of Egyptian dance, Rosa Noreen mixes up her traditional belly-dancing skills with a touch of Western style. She emphasizes the power of pauses, and her fun and sophisticated dance style has spawned its very own instructional DVD, Delicious Pauses: Negative Space in Movement. All the material on the DVD comes directly from her experience teaching belly dancing at her studio, where students of all skill levels learn to shimmy and shake according to ancient techniques. As students progress through the curriculum, they learn to improvise moves and create choreography on the fly. Rosa also goes on location to put on shows with other traveling belly dancers and students, even attending national gatherings in Las Vegas.

496 Congress Street
Portland,
ME
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Between cheery, citrus-colored walls, Quest Cycle's instructors take stationary biking to a new level. Their 60-minute classes fold high-intensity, low-impact workouts into a supportive group atmosphere, suitable for all fitness levels. Wall-sized, high-definition video screens display footage from some of the most scenic rides in the country. For many, biking is an ideal workout, because when they're pedaling at a fierce clip, cyclists both torch up to 1,000 calories and build muscle?without risking stress on their joints or a slap from a fed-up punching bag. Group classes are the specialty, but private parties and one-on-one training sessions are also available.

132 Marginal Way
Portland,
ME
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The Academy's coaches are serious about self-defense. They lead a variety of classes that teach the technical side of martial arts, such as Brazilian jujitsu classes, as well as those that combat the realities of an unexpected attack, such as women's self-defense classes. They also offer lessons for kids.

651 Riverside St
Portland,
ME
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Fournier's Leadership Karate Centers train kids and adults in self-defense techniques including karate, judo, and krav maga. Students gain self-discipline and confidence while learning how to fight, or they can kick their way to physical fitness during kickboxing classes. In addition to regular classes, the center organizes pizza parties, movie nights, and parents' nights out.

1053 Forest Ave
Portland,
ME
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