A colorful creature soars high above Rocky Point's coastline. Its rainbow sail lifts, dips, and turns over sandy beaches and a blue ocean that stretches as far as the eye can see. The gliders in question belong to GMI Paragliding School, which makes its home along Rocky Point, a site insured by the United States Hang Gliding Paragliding Association. The school’s skilled instructor introduces beginners to the basics of paragliding, which include ground control, monitoring the weather, theory, and techniques to avoid attracting amorous vultures. After mastering beginner skills, new flyers can join Long Island Paragliding Club to pursue dreams of someday touching the sky’s ceiling.
Facilities at the more family-orientated Powerhouse Gym and Family Fitness enlist nurturing personal trainers to man their workout floors and group classes, which run the gamut from intense Les Mills routines to rhythm-fueled Zumba sessions. In line with the Powerhouse Gym credo, employees strive to foster each member's individual strength, whether they want to complete a single pull-up or do so while dangling from the tusk of an enraged mammoth. To make working out more enjoyable and convenient, amenities such as mounted TVs and childcare stations might complement the throngs of cardio and strength machinery at varying locations.
With a background in studying guns of different sizes, calibers, and eras of history, Frank Melloni turned his passion into a career by founding Renaissance Firearms Instruction. But it's perhaps his appearance on the History Channel's Top Shot that his customers find the most impressive. At Renaissance, along with his fellow instructors, Frank demonstrates proper handling of weaponry in eight classes. Some of these sessions follow NRA course outlines while others were designed by Frank himself, including one on familiarization with historic guns. For time spent outside the classroom, they direct students to several local ranges with which Renaissance Firearms Instruction is affiliated.
When combined, the thunderous rolling of balls, clattering of pins, and whip-like clashing of high-fives form the soundtrack for Maple Family Centers' string of family-owned alleys. Open seven days per week, each emporium's array of slicked lanes host everything from youth programs and leagues to birthday parties as competitors of all ages duel with or without bumpers. During cosmic bowling on weekend nights, Maple Family Centers honors the sport's discothèque origins with glowing lanes and thumping tunes. A full menu of pub fare re-energizes fatigued fingers, and on-site pro shops help improve players' games by providing the latest equipment or fitting older balls with new prescription glasses.
With whirling colorful lights and a top-40 playlist, Roller Kingdom could give visitors the illusion that they're in a nightclub. But instead of dancing on the floor, guests strap on rollerblades or roller skates to glide across it. Novice skaters can improve their form during lessons or trade in their skates for laser-tag equipment and duel it out with friends in order to win prize tickets and the right to wear a homemade laser-tag championship belt made out of tinfoil. Outside the rink and laser-tag den, guests can play arcade games or belt out their favorite songs on the karaoke stage.
The Fitness Studio of Eastport burns away body fat with effective exercise classes in a setting emphasizing personalized results. Inspired by the svelte silhouettes of dashboard hula dancers, Zumba is a party-like fitness method with more than 12 million followers around the world. Extra pounds start shimmying out the door during each 60-minute class, featuring high-energy dance routines set to Latin-inspired rhythms. The Fitness Studio's schedule offers heart-pumping and ear-treating sessions four times a week at a variety of morning and evening times.