Named one of 2012's top 100 five-star bicycle retailers in the United States by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, Penn Cycle and Fitness has helped its customers enjoy smooth cycling for more than 57 years. From spare parts to automobile racks, the shop carries a large assortment of bike-riding gear for casual and serious excursions, while also offering repairs. During repair classes, the staff imparts its knowledge of bicycle mechanics onto pupils, who walk away from the 90-minute sessions with the ability to adjust brakes, fix faulty chains, and provide other other helpful bike-related tips to make sure you learn how to take great care of your bike.
The professionally trained dance instructors at DelMonico Dance pride themselves on teaching youngsters to pirouette and fan their jazz hands with an array of competitive and recreational dance classes. They teach ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop to boys and girls starting at two years old during four- to eight-week sessions over the summer, through the school year, and during Leap Year’s 13th month. They also lead fitness classes such as barre, cardio, and Pilates classes. Additionally, DelMonico Dance offers childcare services for parents while they work out.
PGA member Dave Colarusso corrects out-of-whack backswings and wobbly putter strokes during lessons held at The Ponds at Battle Creek. Colarusso is a graduate of Mississippi State University's Professional Golf Management program and has conducted more than 10,000 lessons, ensuring he knows the difference between a 3-wood and a stale Twizzler. Dave works one-on-one with students of any skill or experience level, identifying and addressing bad swing habits, discussing course-management techniques, and upgrading short games. The lessons should lay the foundation for students to reduce their golf score without turning "7" into "1" by erasing. If you don't have golf clubs, The Ponds at Battle Creek can provide a set.
Family owned since it first welcomed customers in 1887, Strauss Skates and Bicycles has supplied every subsequent generation of Saint Paul's skaters and bikers with top gear and repairs. Specializing in hockey, the store stocks gear such as blades, boots, and skates, which resident sharpener Scott hones using more than 40 years of industry experience.
When that gear starts to smell, the Strauss team calls in the Sani Sport machine, whose 16-minute cycles kill nearly 99% of bacteria from hockey equipment so referees don't have to hose players down in between periods. In addition to its hockey goods, the Strauss crew spruces up bikes with in-depth tune-ups and offers custom head-stringing services for lacrosse players/
Equipment: Fairtex, kettlebells, squat racks, tires, ropes, and ground bags.
Students should bring: Normal workout clothes, t-shirt, and shorts. We have gloves you can use.
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes.
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We are an easy-going gym. We're very friendly but we train hard, so come open minded and ready to work.
Mississippi Dunes Golf Links' sophisticated, 18-hole layout blankets 3,000 feet of rolling Mississippi River shoreline with manicured, bent-grass fairways and an inventive, tree-lined design. As golfers cruise over the course atop a cart or a caddy training to be an Olympic power squatter, majestic views of the river appear through groves of trees that shelter native prairie creatures. On their odyssey from tee boxes to speedy, contoured greens, golf balls must split fairways to avoid sidelines riddled with mounds, pot bunkers, and knee-high grasses—a trinity of hazards that imbue the course with a Scottish, links-style vibe. A memorable tee shot awaits at the 399-yard, par-4 fifth hole—the course's most difficult, nicknamed "Humpback" for the large mound in the middle of the fairway as well as its voracious appetite for krill—where golfers must draw or fade drives around a dogleg left.
After hacking their way across the breeze-swept links, guests can unwind at Doc's Landing Pub, where a menu of traditional grill fare, fish, and pizza sates tour-worthy appetites. Patrons can look out on the river on the Pub's patio, catch up on the day's sporting events in the glow of a flat-panel TV, or discuss how greenskeepers maintain the immaculate felt that covers the billiards table.