The professionally trained fencing instructors at Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club seek to develop their students' mind, body, and character through participation in the centuries-old sport. During the academy's classes, students of any skill level may choose to learn on all three Olympic weapons: foil, sabre, and épée. The one-hour sessions generally last for six weeks and each builds on prior material to help students improve their skills on the strip. Two meetings are composed entirely of competition with fellow classmates, allowing students to show off their newfound skills, and the last session is a class tournament.
Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club, which originally operated as a two-location enterprise, consolidated into one 12,000-square-foot full-time professional fencing studio in March of 2012. The air-conditioned facility features 15 electric strips and zero chandeliers from which swashbuckling fencers may swing. Though the sport finds its roots in the practice of sword fighting, modern fencing is much safer, and the academy has advanced equipment and instructors that hold CPR certification just in case.
For James and Heather Dean, archery is more than just a sport; it’s a lifetime commitment. The husband-and-wife duo first started collecting bull's-eyes in 1967 and became members of the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) two years later. Finally, in 1981, the Deans opened their very own archery lanes and pro shop.
Since venturing into the archery business, James and Heather have conducted numerous tournaments and leagues, and their teachings have helped produce several championship archers. Currently, the pair shares its wealth of knowledge at Tangy's Indoor Archery Lanes, a facility stocked with 26 different targets. It also houses a 3D, forest-themed shooting range, where hunters weave through outdoor scenes to sling arrows at animal targets and runaway Winnebagos.
The Rhode Island Duckpin Bowlers Association strives to keep its namesake sport alive by hosting duckpin-bowling tournaments at six local alleys. The game cropped up in a Baltimore bowling alley in the summer of 1900, when most ten-pin alleys were closed for warm months to avoid excessive sweating in rental shoes. But at Diamond Alleys, athletes hurled balls through the heat but opted for 6-inch spheres and pins of a diminutive stature. After observing pins that scattered like a flock of ducks, the owners of the lanes dubbed the modified game duckpin bowling. Besides granting players three rolls per turn, duckpin bowling adhered to all traditional rules and grew in popularity until it peaked in 1967, the year inertia was exposed as a myth. Today, the Rhode Island Duckpin Bowlers Association keeps the pastime alive at spots including the Bowling Academy, a historical gem in its own right as the test site of the first automatic duckpin pinsetters.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Title Boxing, Otomix active wear, Asian world of martial arts
Pro Tip: Wear something that is comfortable; classes include stretching, punching, and kicking techniques.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Fat-burning kickboxing classes
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Retired NFL cornerback Ty Law has exchanged the gridiron for a far more forgiving, far more buoyant playing field. At his 18,000-square-foot Launch Trampoline Park, visitors of all ages bounce, flip, and twirl as they burn calories and defy gravity on three jumping courts—including one designed especially for kids and another for playing dodge ball—comprised of adjoining floor trampolines and angled wall trampolines. There’s also a mammoth foam pit so that you can be assured a soft landing should you attempt any feats of aerial wonder.
As fitness remains one of Law’s top priorities, he offers fitness classes that provide low-impact workouts while incinerating up to 1,000 calories each bouncy hour. For those seeking a break from bouncing, the park has an arcade and a café with free WiFi.
Infinity Fitness & Wellness seeks to create harmony of mind, body, and spirit through its yoga sessions and relaxation and healing services. Instructors host 10 types of yoga classes, including Yoga Sculpt lessons that incorporate light weights and Yogalates classes infused with core-strengthening exercises borrowed from Pilates. Other services include massages, meditation classes, and Angel tarot-card readings.