At America's Best Defense, professional instructors instill a sense of pride and integrity into students of all ages, helping pupils take charge of their physical fitness, personal safety, and self-control. Krav maga lessons teach students effective strategies to ward off attackers, while kickboxing fitness classes put participants through a rewarding cardio regimen of jabs and kicks that burn calories and forge defined muscles. Children and teenagers learn important life skills and impressive martial-arts techniques during karate and MMA sessions. The kid-centric curriculum helps young students not only master self-defense techniques against padded obstacles and belligerent training dummies, but also hones a deep sense of respect and discipline. Square mats line the floors and full-length mirrors ring the walls of the clean, spartan studio in order to keep fighters safe and fully aware of their surroundings.
With 160 driving range tees, 72 miniature golf holes, and 16 batting cages spread across its three locations, Golf Country provides ample opportunity for visitors to hone all aspects of their swings. Each driving range features overhead lights for practicing after the sun goes down for the evening, as well as a number of covered, heated tees that allow for practice when the sun goes down forever. The Easton and Saugus locations offer one 18-hole miniature golf course apiece, while the Middleton location showcases two courses. Nicknamed the Millpond Course and the Stone Bridge Course, Middleton’s miniature tracks meander through large flower beds, flowering trees, and ample water features.
The savvy staff at Spark Bike Run Sports furthers athletic pursuits with top-of-the-line track and wheel gear and carefully rendered cycling services. Spark's signature service, the Pro-Clean Tech Tune, refurbishes velocipedes in like-new condition with a professional-level clean performed without disassembly, a comprehensive safety check, and a squeeze bottle of champagne to squirt over the chassis. After drying, bipedal steeds are treated to an essential readjustment of the brakes, derailleurs, shifters, and bottom bracket, as well as a wheel alignment, readying bikes for a long winter of traversing icy roads and avoiding hitchhiking snowmen on the highway.
Since ancient times, Thai students, fighters, and artists have performed the wai kru ritual to honor the teachers who make their study possible. Composed of everyone from Navy boxers to championship jujitsu fighters, the staff of martial-arts instructors at Wai Kru gym knows the value of experience. Kru John, for instance, has traveled to Japan, Brazil, and Thailand to hone his muay thai kickboxing expertise, attending more than 20 training camps throughout Asia and earning a certification from the Thai government.
Training guests as diverse as beginning boxers and professional MMA fighters, both of Wai Kru's locations bolster training regimens with cardio machines, weights, and open mat space. Each gym also sports a boxing ring and a 24-foot octagon, so shaped to avoid having to vacuum peanut shells from a 90-degree corner.
Club members, golfers, and casual diners congregate in LeBaron Hills Country Club's 45,000-square-foot Cape Cod–style clubhouse nestled amid verdant fairways. As members luxuriate in steam rooms and bulk up in the health club, visitors chat in the fireside lounge while waiting on dining reservations. Inside Lilly's restaurant, patrons gaze on the golf course's 18th green while dining on a seasonal menu of sandwiches, steaks, and seafood and discussing whether jumbo shrimp or fried calamari would be easier to drive down the fairway.
At Phoenix Fitness and Performance, visitors swap the usual gym trappings, such as treadmills and ellipticals, for energetic, martial-arts-inspired fitness classes. Both the kickboxing program and Cross-Train fitness boot camp help to boost cardiovascular health and tone muscles, as well as burn calories more effectively than setting all the cookies in your house on fire.
If someone attacked a student of America's Best Defense Easton, they’d be in for a devastating surprise, probably in the form of a fist to the face or a knee to the groin. The gym’s black-belt instructors make sure students know how to defend themselves, offering a variety of programs that specialize in self-defense and fitness. They lead specialty krav maga classes that teach students the same fighting style used by Israeli Defense Forces, which focuses on subduing one or multiple attackers quickly and efficiently, whether they are unarmed or wielding weapons. Instructors also specialize in muay thai kickboxing, kids' karate, and adult martial-arts programs that blend styles such as karate, muay thai, grappling, and wrestling.