The Athletic Club, located in a renovated warehouse at 653 Summer, has a variety of weight loss options beyond standard workout machines.
Consult with their staff dietician about your unfortunate lard-only diet, and she can guide you towards the in-house restaurant for some healthy alternatives.
Da Club (as it's known by clever patrons) offers classes like “Group Kick” (martial arts and boxing), yoga, pilates, cycling classes, and the non-ancient art of “Zumba”— a Latin/Merengue/Reggaeton dance-fitness fusion, or the new millennium’s answer to the 90s sensation of “Cardio Funk”. Lovers of both fitness and dismemberment can partake in a “Legs, Butts and Guts” toning class.
The Racket and Fitness Center boasts a wealth of body-buffing equipment within its bright fitness center alongside swatting facilities for various racketeers. Open on weekdays 6 a.m.–9 p.m. and on weekends 8 a.m.–4 p.m., the variety and volume of available gear ensures muscle-sculptors a balanced workout and a center free of lines and long waits. The circuits of Nautilus machines guide patrons in proper resistance, form, and movement, and free weights allow limbs to seize control of their own strength-training destiny. Machines also come equipped with Cardio Theater to give heart-rate-raisers the opportunity to effectively multi-task and increase their mileage in tune with televised small-claims-court drama.
The music programming at the nonprofit Maine Academy of Modern Music is designed to allow pupils to rock out to their favorite contemporary jams. During individualized lessons, teachers help students master the basics of rock instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, and more. From there, young rockers can enlist in one of the school's rock bands, where they'll learn to play alongside other musicians as a group. That, in turn, leads to performance opportunities, which the school sets up at renowned Portland venues like Bayside Bowl, Big Easy, Asylum, and the Old Port Festival.
Bands also assemble at the school's rock camps, where attendees not only rehearse originals and covers but also learn rock history and take field trips to local radio stations. Besides its in-house opportunities, the academy's outreach programs also supply local schools with everything from private concerts to master classes to ensure everyone has access to quality music education.
Maine Pines Racquet & Fitness’s members take advantage of the gym’s wide range of amenities, including group fitness classes. On six heated indoor tennis courts, balls whiz back and forth in friendly volleys reminiscent of the childhood game Hot Potato, or as it was known during the potato famine, Hot Clump of Dirt. On the yoga studio’s bamboo floor, patrons strengthen muscles with Yoga Pilates Fusion or get deep stretches during Yin Yang sessions. Guests unwind from their workouts with a sauna session or relax in a bar and lounge equipped with a TV.
On May 29, 1970, the first drive flew down the fairway of the first hole at Manchester Country Club and came to a stop on the carpet-like fairways that would become its trademark. Today, the finished design first drawn up by architect Geoffrey Cornish still rolls through 165 acres of the Green Mountains, though in a slightly different form. The front nine remains intact, but the back nine has undergone significant improvements over the years. A full renovation that incorporated 34 additional acres was completed in 2003, bringing the course up to its present length of nearly 6,800 yards. In addition to a lengthy golf course, the club boasts a golf shop, four Class-A PGA/LPGA Professional instructors, two clay tennis courts, and full service dining facilities.
Course at a Glance
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 6,789 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 73.2 from the back tees
Course slope of 138 from the back tees
Four sets of tees
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