Boasting 56 hitting bays, a sand trap, and putting greens for both adults and children, Eagle Quest Golf Dome is a year-round, indoor haven of walk-spoilage where swingers of all experience levels can work on mastering their golfing mechanics. Each large-sized bucket brims with 70 balls that can be used for driving distances, strengthening short games, or as a functional accessory to plaid pants. Eagle Quest's indoor bunkers allow golfers to practice the art of masterfully digging their way out of sand traps and other dishonest terrain, regardless of depth, positioning, or snapping turtles. Once you have driven through the dome's well-manicured range, engage in some finer technique tuning by way of the on-site, Spargo Golf Pro Shop, or grab a round of grub and drinks at Henry's Bar & Grill.
The Caster family's bike centers have been treating two-wheelers since 1919, and recently received Best of Rhode Island honors from the editors of Rhode Island Monthly. The shop's basic tune-up begins with a safety check and frame wipe-down followed by an inspection designed to determine vintage and appellation. Experts skilled in two-wheelism then adjust bearings, tinker with wheel tension, inspect and lube the drive train, and align the brakes to enable unfettered pumping power.
GoForItKickboxing.com?s certified trainers draw on two fitness methods to get clients in shape: kickboxing and high-intensity interval training. During classes, they teach students real kickboxing punches, kicks, and combinations that work the entire body while imparting invaluable self-defense knowledge. They combine these techniques with a high-intensity interval-training philosophy, which alternates between periods of intense aerobic activity and short periods of rest. The result is a workout that is fun, energetic, and can burn up to 800 calories in one session.
A positive attitude pervades curriculum at True Reflections Dance & Fitness. Inspirational quotes and bright colors dominate the walls of the lobby, and as they pirouette across the sprung floor, kids develop motor skills, cognition, and self-confidence. Classes for grownups are available, too, and these programs feature the same supportive atmosphere and positivity that makes kids' classes here so special.
At Mulligan's Island Golf & Entertainment, 60 covered hitting stalls look out onto 11 acres of target areas, a sprawling configuration that helped earn the facility a spot on Golf Range Magazine's 2011 list of top 100 ranges. Golfers can use the driving range's 20 heated stalls to practice during off-season months without worrying about cooler temperatures stiffening their swings, or they can invest in lessons that use digital teaching methods such as computerized swing analysis to lower handicaps. A USGA-rated course tests participants with nine holes of regulation-size golf, while an 18-hole pitch-and-putt short course and two mini-golf courses help golfers calibrate aspects of their short game. The practice mecca also tests swings at 10 batting cages that feed baseballs and softballs at adjustable speeds to suit both little leaguers and professionals fishing for compliments.
Channeling ancient warrior spirits through a blend of physical fitness, character finesse, and Eastern philosophy, owner and 4th dan black belt Sasha Komocar guides students on mentally centered wellness programs in his 3,000-square-foot facility. Superior Tae Kwon Do is the first and only training center in the greater Providence area to host Cage Fitness—a system developed by nine-time UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes that strengthens bodies with a no-contact discipline entrenched in the techniques of mixed martial arts. Each 30-minute class pulses on the energy of five five-minute rounds that build endurance, strength, power, core, and fruit-eating etiquette. Those looking for a more defensive brand of fitness can sharpen their skills at Systema training, a Russian martial art technique that develops practical self-defense skills with a fast learning curve. Elements of breathing, relaxation, posture, flexibility, and constant movement form the necessary foundation for engaging in hand-to-hand combat or deflecting dark-alley muggings from gangs of living statues. If you'd rather stick to Superior's namesake art of Korean kicking, a family membership grants the whole clan access to Superior Tae Kwon Do Academy's entire list of classes.