The cracks of baseball bats, the slaps of softballs meeting mitts, and the advice of an experienced team of instructors resound within Thunder Stix Baseball & Softball Academy's cavernous 11,000-square-foot facility. Baseball and softball players alike hone their cuts inside eight pitching machines that can be adjusted from 40 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour, and brush up on their fielding technique inside four netted astroturf tunnels. Robert Banner—the academy's owner and the head softball coach at Alexis I. DuPont High School—and his instructors use the well-appointed digs to help players of all abilities develop their skills in every facet of the game, including batting, fielding, base running, and agility.
Mid Atlantic Grand Prix's indoor track brings to life dreams of zipping along Monte Carlo or the Circuit of The Americas?just on a smaller scale. Drivers aged 8 and older strap on helmets and man the wheel of their go-karts, covering up to 6 miles during each eight-minute ride. In addition to drop-in races, the facility also hosts bachelor parties, birthday fetes, and other group outings.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
For nearly 40 years, First State Lanes has kept pastimers and ardent tenpin enthusiasts furnished with waxed lanes, snack-bar provender, and accouterments from a fully stocked pro shop. Amateurs hurl spheroids at lanes alongside semi-pros doing battle in colorful league uniforms or impressive gladiator outfits. During rounds, the full-service snack bar slings pizzas, plates of signature chicken tenders, and a selection of beers. During the evenings, bouts of cosmic red-pin bowling cast pins in crimson and black-light glow, and any bowler who throws a strike that houses le pin rouge wins a dollar. For less alley-based diversions, guests can saunter over to the game room to play pool and arcade games.
Ornate railings flank the steps to one of BlueBallRoom Dance Studio?s two spacious dance floors, whose hardwood-maple surfaces mask springy, joint-cushioning subfloors. The studio's team of talented teachers leads classes in a monthly rotation of social dances ranging from Argentine tango and various ballroom styles to intermediate touchdown dancing. Private-lesson subscribers, meanwhile, get closer attention and a chance to hone their footwork at regularly held free dance parties.
Yoga U’s team of experienced instructors offers frequently scheduled 75-minute Vinyasa and Flow-yoga classes that form a tranquil oasis designed to quell the healthful thirsts of bodies and minds; no prior yoga experience is required for any of Yoga U's classes. Heated Vinyasa classes are tailored to active lifestyles and challenge apathetic muscles and joints to melt their stiff, misanthropic ice sheaths during strengthening and stretching poses. Flow-yoga classes offer a gentler alternative, taking practitioners through postures with an emphasis on alignment and slower-paced movements reminiscent of snail-propelled glaciers. Class sizes are kept at 10–30 people, allowing for individual attention and manageable group hugs.