Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $9.98 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (a $3.59 value).
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.
At The Art Room Ltd. Co., there's a class to fit every budding artist. Kids can stretch their creative muscles while making paper puppets and masks with crayons and glue, or learning to paint self-portraits. Instructor-led parties for adults, on the other hand, may involve painting more grownup projects such as coasters or wine glasses. On Thursday and Friday nights, BYOB sessions throw wine into the mix, letting adults paint in a relaxed environment. And for those looking for more structured art instruction, weekly classes for both kids and adults focus on topics such as painting techniques and which paints are not edible.
Planet Fitness's massive, brightly colored edifices teem with aerobic, strength-training, tanning, and massage options, tailored to suit burgeoning buffs of all ages and abilities. After an intense muscle pummeling on the extensive selection of strength-training equipment and free weights, valiant athletes and masochistic vampires alike may bask in the unlimited artificial sunshine of the gym's tanning booths. Meanwhile, an army of shiatsu massage chairs stands at the ready, twiddling soothing robot thumbs and waiting to coax tension from tired tendons.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Olympian Fencing Club's coaching team, helmed by U.S. Olympian and award-winning blade buff Velizar Iliev, shepherds students of all skill levels through sword-swinging sessions that bolster balance, agility, and strategy formulation. Neuvieme novices can orient themselves in the world of rapier weapons and wit in beginner-level classes—which teach proper épée employment, basic attack and defense tactics, and point scoring—and more seasoned swordsfolk can hone their skills in intermediate and advanced classes. Or, opt for the more fitness-focused open-fencing sessions, which eschew competitive matches for friendly bouts devoid of pressure and duel-invoking glove slaps.