Golfers prepare swings for their next pin-hunting expedition year-round at Fore Seasons Learning Center’s indoor and outdoor golf facilities. Whirring orbs race across the New England sky above the center’s 76-stall outdoor driving range, which features both natural grass and turf hitting mats as well as 18 covered and heated stalls, where golf devotees are safe from the elements of chill winters or perilous golf cart-size hail.
Inside the studio, aboutGolf simulators whisk clients away to digitally replicated versions of legendary courses, allowing them to hunt birdies amid the blustery seascape of St. Andrews or evade pixilated porpoises at Pebble Beach. PGA professional Joe Pustizzi roams the center’s grounds, divulging wisdom drawn from more than 30 years of experience and harnessing the simulators and other technological teaching aids to help clubbers on their path to lower scores and higher fives.
American Kempo Karate Academy founder Mark DiNino is an eighth-degree black belt?and a father. In fact, three of his own children train at the academy, meaning the South Shore native shares many of the same hopes and concerns as other parents of AKKA students. But he also understands the benefits children can reap from the academy's program, which since 1995 has improved fitness and increased self-confidence, discipline, and concentration. Of course, kids aren't the only one's who can benefit from a boost in self-esteem, which is why AKKA also offers an adult program, where grownups can achieve similar gains and release stress brought on by their job or lack of homework.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Reshape and reform for less than a buck per class with today's side deal. For $19, you get 20 passes to use for any combination of cardio tennis sessions, open pool passes, or group exercise classes at Weymouth Club, a $76 value (a one-time monthly membership fee is normally $115, and a one-time daily pass is $20). You'll have until the end of January to use your passes, giving you eight weeks or 20 workouts (whichever comes first) to exhaust your supplies. As an added bonus, purchasing this Groupon automatically enters you into a drawing to win Tom Brady's signed and lovingly worn shoe. The drawing will be on December 21, and the resulting prize is perfect for diehard Patriot fans, head-over-heels Tom Brady fans, and for the person who has Tom Brady's other shoe.
Given the choice, most kids would pick video games over studying in a heartbeat. But at SAT Chess seminars, they can have both. Taught by chess and test-taking aficionado David Gordon, each class meets at Dave & Busters. In between lessons, David lets his 8th- through 11th-grade pupils play unlimited rounds of non-ticket-winning arcade games. Once breaks are over, the class returns to the main task at hand: learning how the strategies of chess relate to the strategies of taking the SAT. After explaining the game's rules, David integrates SAT training into each round, challenging students to make moves in a minute or less and analyze finished games like practice tests.
For 44 years, adventurers and outdoor athletes have emerged from Country Ski and Sport armored in quality apparel and equipped with sturdy vessels, poised to conquer mountains, rivers, and bike paths. The Stenson family?which founded the sportsman?s haven in 1970?shares the clientele?s passion for outdoor excursions, and staff three facilities with a team of knowledgeable employees boasting more than 225 collective years of industry experience. The friendly staff draws upon outdoor know-how to match customers with pairs of skis, snowboards, kayaks, or bikes that suit their needs and size. Adventure-appropriate apparel from North Face or Under Armour keeps bodies warm while they?re slaloming down slopes or luging to work. To help customers prepare for the sporting seasons, technicians also repair and tune up skis, snowboards, and bicycles, and offer seasonal leasing options for snow equipment.