At Sterling Golf and Swim Club, golfers send balls sailing down the tree-lined fairways of an 18-hole, par 54 golf course, and swimmers backstroke across two 25-meter pools. For nearly half a century, club-wielders have traversed past water and dodged bunkers at the executive course, giving the pines and weeping willows ample time to flourish, and the nonprofit club itself has existed for four decades. Two kiddie pools flank the club’s two larger pools, enabling wee ones to practice breathing through their gills while their older siblings butterfly down lanes, and a game room provides indoor entertainment. An adult lounge lets weary golfers relax in peace, and the clubhouse’s pro shop outfits players searching for golf balls whose dimples perfectly match their own.
There's no mistaking the purpose of the dozens of 150-pound punching bags dangling from the red metal frames that span LA Boxing Sterling's floor. Whether members consider themselves professional fighters or aerobic exercisers, the gym is a place to punch things. Under the watchful eye of mixed martial arts instructors, students pound away at bags with fist and foot, elevating their heart rates to fulfill the cardio-conditioning portion of the gym's signature national program. Participants occasionally pick up weights or jump ropes, but it's all part of the training to get back to the bag and make the stuffing rue the day it turned down the chance to fill a wild teddy bear.
Today's Groupon gets you a fun-filled day for two at Dulles Golf Center & Sports Park for just $18 (fun normally costs $36). Head to Dulles for two rounds of mini-golf, two small buckets of balls for the driving range, and six batting cage tokens. Take a friend or your kids along to share the fun, or selfishly hoard the fun in case there's a fun shortage due to the depletion of the world's fun reserves.
He inches back across the crimson mat, arms raised, preparing for the next blow. His back hits the ropes; he's cornered. You take your shot and he falls, crowning you victor. This might be how a match plays out in the central ring at Disciple Mixed Martial Arts Academy—it's one of four spaces for sparring, including a cage. Of course, before fighters enter the ring, they undergo rigorous training in one of the martial arts programs available, including Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai, MMA, and judo.