At River Place Country Club, a championship golf course designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Kite, winner of the 1992 U.S. Open, invites golfers to launch balls over sand bunkers and twisting creeks that wend their way through the landscape’s hilly contours. The course’s superintendent draws on experience at Baton Rouge Country Club and Colonial Country Club, as well as a degree in Plant and Soil Systems, as he ensures that the greens and rolling Bermuda grass fairways are more carefully manicured than a prize-winning pet wooly mammoth. The course’s PGA professional instructors are on hand to improve individual games, and a driving range lets players practice at 15 hitting stations.
Adjacent to the course, eight lighted tennis courts abut a 40,000-square-foot clubhouse with an outdoor pool, fully equipped fitness center, and locker rooms whose dry saunas and whirlpools melt tension quicker than butter melts on the calves of a sprinter. The Grille invites clubgoers to sup on steak or seafood, and a pair of outdoor decks let guests drink in scenic views.
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The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
At PureRyde, you're moved not by the bike beneath you, but by the music around you. The class's soundtrack—an ever-changing playlist of PureTunes—provides energizing beats that encourage students to pedal aboard revolutionary RealRyder bikes. As riders near an imaginary turn, the bikes bank to one side, activating the muscles in their torsos.
Though everyone seems to be cycling as one, the workout is actually customized to each rider. Guests alter the bike's resistance according to their experience level, and instructors remain on-hand to help beginners clip their rental cycling shoes to the pedals. During standard sessions, groups burn calories atop the bikes for 50 minutes. The studio also offers a PureRyde + Pilates program, which combines the cardio work of cycling with core-toning stretches and weight exercises.
Music, motivation, technology, and expert trainers. At CycleFit Sports, that’s the recipe used to whip members into shape during cycling and circuit-training classes. CycleFit Sports’s cycling classes distance themselves from standard spin classes with the help of CycleOps indoor cycles, which feature power meters that display how the user’s body performs under stress while relaying heart rates and calories burned. Classes are scaled to all levels, starting beginners out with 30-minute sessions and challenging experienced participants to 90 minutes of pedaling fury. To round out fitness regimens, CycleFit Sports also leads customized circuit-training courses that incorporate everything from TRX resistance bands and kettlebells to sandbags, plyometric boxes, and medicine balls.
RIZE Urban Cycling is an indoor-cycling studio dedicated to helping clients burn calories and build lean muscle in exciting and fast-paced workouts. This upscale studio features a dramatically lit instructor stage and Schwinn stationary spin bikes. Experienced teachers lead students in heart-pounding, constantly changing cycling routines as upbeat music motivates guests. Come in to sweat during a RIZE 45 classic session, or join an Intro to Indoor Cycling and the RIZE Experience class to have an instructor lead you through indoor cycling basics during a 30-minute ride.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.