At South Beach Fitness’s two Columbus-area locations, experienced trainers lead exercisers through calorie-torching classes such as kickboxing, Pilates, and Zumba. In addition to the more than 20 classes offered each week in the cardio cinema and aerobics studio, the spacious club houses high-tech cardio equipment and free weights. A 40-yard dash area facilitates intensive speed training or very short walks. After all the hard work, a nutritional-counseling area helps clients keep fitness goals in line with their dietary habits.
Colonial Pines Golf Club’s 18-hole course blankets 127 acres of tranquil Ohio Valley farmland for 5,966 yards of rolling hills and imposing hardwoods. Golfers traverse the par 70 layout on the backs of motorized carts or caddies hoping to improve their piggyback-ride form, steering balls away from a menagerie of hazards, including mounds topped with swaying heathers, woodsy thickets, and six lakes spanning 11 acres. The first tee shot aptly foreshadows a round in which avoiding water hazards and ingratiating oneself to ball-stealing fish will be critical, as drives must cross a pond that runs from the tee box to the beginning of the fairway.
Course at a Glance:
Elevation changes. Not only do they challenge players at Hickory Sticks Golf Club with constantly changing terrain, but they also afford spectacular views of the Kentucky Hills. The rippling landscape stretches across a 6,148-yard course—much of which consists of Hickory Sticks' marathon first and last holes, which measure 533 and 496 yards, respectively.
Course at a Glance
The Northern Kentucky Bowling Association partners with various bowling lanes in the Cincinnati area, several of which offer additional activities such as billiards, arcade games, and cornhole. Bowlers can lob their selected urethane orb down a sleek wooden boulevard for two rigorous games, doing their best to beat a friend, relative, or imaginary godparent. Bowling shoe rentals are not included in this Groupon, but rental is $1.50–$2.50 per person, depending on location.
Fitness 3K is the brainchild of Chideha Warner, who in addition to holding certifications from the International Sports Sciences Association and USA Boxing and Boxing Fitness Institute, has trained numerous professional athletes. He and his staff aim to conquer obesity through one-on-one programs that combine cardiovascular and strength training regimens with nutrition guidelines. Instructors also lead high-energy cardio boxing and boot camp classes, and increase speed and agility with sports performance training.
Motorsports Country Club straps mini-car enthusiasts into speedy Sodi and Rimo karts to help them realize their apex-hitting dreams at up to 40 m.p.h. Before any rubber is burned, trained instructors fill drivers' heads with tips on track etiquette and safety, ensuring the good advice can't escape by fitting noggins with a rented helmet. Then, riders set out to pursue a healthy, windblown look by speeding around the 0.7-mile-track's 15 turns, which can be arranged in six different layouts to challenge both novice and veteran kart racers. Spectators can observe the action in comfort from the visitor's viewing area or visit the club house to view gear dedicated to the fine art of kart racing. Although closed on Mondays, Motorsports is open Tuesday–Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.