The instructors at EMS Schools traverse rocky, paved, and watery terrain from New England down to Virginia, imparting people with their love of the outdoors along the way. Dating back more than 40 years, the EMS Climbing School teaches pupils of all ages the tenets of climbing through introductory classes and more advanced maneuvering in self-rescue, alpine climbing, and glacier-skills classes. The watery wing of EMS's operation includes kayaking and standup-paddleboard lessons, which can help students earn certification in these water-bound endeavors, and group tours. EMS-led bike tours trace a path through the rolling hills of the Berkshires, the mansions of Newport, as well as the powdered-sugar-topped White Mountains of New Hampshire.
FIT Challenge founder Robb McCoy had participated in so many obstacle-course races, he finally got the itch to create his own. But first, he had to come up with a name. He landed on FIT, an acronym for fortitude, integrity, and toughness, each of which is necessary to take on a physical challenge or tell a waiter he brought you the wrong meal. Robb's inaugural event took place in August 2012, a 5K mud run that drew more than 1,200 participants and raised more than $5,000 for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Robb plans on organizing plenty of more events in the coming months—so long as they challenge people and raise money for noble causes.
Students should bring: Loose, light clothing; athletic shoes; 1-2 lb weights; and a yoga mat
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
All of the instructors at USA Karate hold black belts, including owner Shihan John Pinault and founder Hanshi Larry Sullivan, a 10th-degree black belt and grand master. Pupils are safe in the hands of these experts, who lead kids and adults through skill-appropriate classes, including beginner, intermediate, and advanced martial-arts sessions. They also lead fitness-focused kickboxing and muay thai classes, which get hearts pumping amid fast-paced tunes.
A simple sewing tutorial from Mikala Cash's grandmother at age six sparked a passion in the Creative Sewing Lessons' founder that continues to smolder after an education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. At her North Attleboro studio, Mikala guides students of various levels through a range of classes, including tailoring, invisible zippers, and sewing for kids, which arms youngsters with the know-how to construct business suits for lemonade stand conventions. In addition to her sewing classes, Mikala invites guest artists to lead workshops during her Creative Night Out series, a monthly event that introduces participants to hands-on subjects such as visual journaling and knitting.