Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Whether training for a tournament or learning the rules for the first time, tennis players have plenty to love about the Pennsbury Racquet Club. Nine indoor courts, each newly resurfaced and illuminated with extra-bright, eco-friendly lighting, invite players to test their skills against each other, a ball machine, or the disapproving sports announcer in their head. To take players' games to the next level, USPTA- and PTR-certified coaches, some with more than 25 years of experience, offer private and semi-private lessons. There's also an on-site racket repair center, where players can get their equipment restrung and customized by a professional tech who's worked for Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, and Maria Sharapova.
If Bruce Lee watched a class at East Coast Academy of Martial Arts, he might smile as he observed instructor Michele Thompson teach his signature style of jun fan gung fu. Michele teams up with Dave Shrank and Scott Gray—who specialize in niche styles such as maphilindo silat—to help students learn in an authentic setting. They also specialize in other unique martial arts, such as Filipino kali and Chinese wing chun, as well as yoga classes and sessions for children and women.
In their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest 4 Times the Fun North American tour, the Globetrotters will add new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet farther than the official three-point line, to add another aspect to the already dynamic sport. Watch the Harlem hardwood-sorcerers evade gravity’s oppressive clutches and court-clairvoyants distribute unassailable alley-oops. Youngsters can learn about the benefits of teamwork while laughing along with the jovial jocks as they perform classic routines of unconventional passing and air-bending slam dunks.
The Trenton Devils are ECHL affiliates to the NHL’s New Jersey Devils and the AHL’s Albany Devils. The demonic entities of Trenton have sent up numerous players to their NHL affiliate. Kevin Devin, a defenseman for the New Jersey Devils on their 1995 Stanley Cup team, has taken over Trenton coaching duties in 2010. Watch T-Devils captain Trevor Kell, averaging more than one point game this season, and rookie forward prospect Matt Lombardi take the ice against the Alaska Aces, currently first place in the Western conference. Center club seats give you a broad perspective from the side of the ice, much like taking a history class gives one a broad perspective of humanity's obsession with flag embroidery.
Passage Theatre Company's stage plays host to new works that "testify to the resilience of the human spirit," as the theater's mission statement says. The Solo Flights series lets a series of one-man shows and small groups fill the month of March with expansive talent, from former foster child Rock Wilk's blend of tough-guy menace and comic vulnerability in Broke Wide Open to Punchkapow, a hyperphysical exploration of superhero fantasies. In late spring, Slippery as Sin gleefully spoofs the classic detective story by weaving in themes of political paranoia.