Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award?winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
Floodlights replace the sun during nightfall at Four Seasons Golf and Ski Center, keeping the miniature golf courses and batting cages aglow for nighttime visitors. During the summer, guests can wind through miniature fairways that incorporate small-scale replicas of The Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, and the world's smallest caddies. During the winter, Four Seasons’ slopes welcome copious amounts of snow to facilitate skiing, snowboarding, and snowtubing. The newly renovated facility also hosts a game room and specialty ice cream shop.
Opened in 1933, Tecumseh Golf Club’s nine-hole, par 35 public golf course boasts 2,695 yards of emerald course play for amateur clubbers and seasoned swingers to enjoy. With each swing, golfers will encounter devious sand bunkers, tricky water hazards, and air horn–blasting garden gnomes hidden throughout the course. The lush, tree-lined fairways provide a scenic backdrop for 18 holes of club-to-club combat. Ease the burden of carrying rocket-propelled ball trebuchets by hopping aboard one of Tecumseh’s canopied golf carts. Open seven days a week, Tecumseh Golf Club offers flexible tee times. Call ahead to make a reservation.
The dexterous staff of Mello Velo Bicycle Shop crafts delectable café fare and espresso-based libations with their hands while their feet fit bikes with comprehensive tune-ups. Patrons perk up after long nights of googling photos of Donald Sutherland with creamy cappuccinos ($3/12 oz.) and rich mochas ($4/16 oz.), which they can pair with locally sourced snacks such as a smoked gouda, pear, and bacon panini ($6.95) or a couscous salad ($4.99). During the complete bike tune-up, a cycle specialist adjusts the front and rear brakes and correctly positions front and rear derailleurs. Front and rear wheels undergo a truing treatment to straighten them out and ensure they cannot be turned into Communist spies before the ride wrangler adjusts hubs, headsets, and bottom brackets and lubricates chains and cables. The deluxe bike tune-up takes the complete treatment a step further, adding on a thorough cleaning of cranks, chains, cassettes, and derailleurs.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Mossa routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Veteran fitness instructor and eminently certified Zumba coach Kat Bombard understands that sometimes, exercise is only as effective as it is entertaining. That’s why she and Dancing Kats’ tight-knit team of instructors lead pupils through Zumba’s core-boosting aerobic dance moves, which gain extra excitement thanks to the workout system’s signature infectious Latin rhythms and beats. In addition to sweating away excess calories and maintaining healthy hearts with Zumba dancing, students also build targeted muscle groups with body tone classes or work midsections into rippling washboards with express abs courses.